The Global Health Initiative (GHI) at Dana-Farber/Boston
Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center brings together faculty, fellows, researchers, nurses, social workers, psychologists, health
educators and managers to help support international projects on childhood
cancer and blood disorders.
Irini Albanti, MPH, MA is the Director at the Global Health Initiative (GHI) at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. She coordinates GHI international efforts and manages more than 10 global health programs in Central and South America, the Middle-East, the Caucasus Region, South-East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Irini started her career in healthcare as the Administrator at the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) at NYU Langone Health in 2004 where she was exposed to international health planning for HIV clinics in Kenya. She then became the Deputy Director at a 150-bed general hospital in Greece, and later served as the Project Director at the International Assistance Department at Euromedica and was responsible for the evacuation of war patients from Libya and delivery of systems-strengthening technical assistance to hospitals after conflict. In her capacity as Instructor of Practice at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, she mentors and collaborates with MPH students in designing and implementing global health research projects in strategy, leadership, quality improvement, monitoring and evaluation, and clinical operations. She is Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt certified (2017), received the Women Leaders in Global Health Fellowship Award from Stanford University (2017), and was selected for the Emerging Leaders Program at UMass (2018).
She is currently working on her Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) at Boston University School of Public Health and writing her dissertation on strategic planning for pediatric oncology hospitals in low-resource countries. Irini holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (American College of Thessaloniki), a Master of Arts in Communication (University of Miami), and a Master in Public Health (Columbia University).
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