Rajesh Panjabi

Beck Visiting Social Innovator

Dr. Rajesh Panjabi is Co-Founder and CEO of Last Mile Health, an organization that serves as a global leader strengthening equitable, integrative health systems, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Raj grew up in Liberia but was forced to flee with his family when he was nine years old due to civil war. After returning to Liberia as a medical student, he co-founded Last Mile Health in 2007. Last Mile Health partners with governments to design and scale national community health workforces to bring life-saving primary healthcare to the world’s most remote communities. Last Mile Health and its partners are also building the Community Health Academy, a global platform that leverages the power of digital technology to modernize the training of community health workers and health systems leaders.

Raj has authored or co-authored over 50 publications. He currently chairs a global study with the Gates Foundation investigating lessons learned from exemplary community-based health care programs and has served as a reviewer of the World Health Organization’s Guidelines on Optimizing Community Health Worker Programs. For his work on building community health systems and responding to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, Raj was named by TIME as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World and one of the 50 Most Influential People in Healthcare. He has also been listed as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune. Raj is a recipient of the TED Prize, the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and is a Schwab Social Entrepreneur with the World Economic Forum.

Raj is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and primary care at Massachusetts General Hospital. He received a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

While at SICI, Raj and Lisha will further their work by examining strategic approaches to Agenda 30-30-30: a global community health workforce movement. On campus, they will advance this project through a multi-session study group around Agenda 30-30-30 and engage students in research opportunities.