HEALTH GAP

We are an organization of U.S.-based AIDS and human rights activists, people living with HIV/AIDS, public health experts, fair trade advocates and concerned individuals who campaign against policies of neglect and avarice that deny treatment to millions and fuel the spread of HIV. We are dedicated to eliminating barriers to universal access to affordable life-sustaining medicines for people living with HIV/AIDS as key to a comprehensive strategy to confront and ultimately stop the AIDS pandemic. We believe that the human right to life and to health must prevail over the pharmaceutical industry's excessive profits and expanding patent rights.

Jamila Headly, Managing Director

Jamila Headly, Managing Director

Jamila is a longtime ally and former core member of Health GAP. Before joining our team, Jamila served as a Program Officer for the Accountability and Monitoring in Health Initiative and the Global Health Financing Initiative of the Public Health Program at Open Society Foundations (OSF). At OSF, she helped to lead the development of several new bodies of grant-making focused on strengthening civil society engagement in the development, implementation, and monitoring of national and donor governments’ health budgets. Jamila has a PhD in Public Health from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She has written and conducted research on the development of national and regional responses to the HIV epidemic in Barbados and the Caribbean, the impact of trade agreements on health policy and access to medicines, and the role of North-South civil society partnerships in influencing the policies and priorities of large global health donors. Jamila is a 2006 recipient of the Vermont State Madeline Kunin Public Service Award for her commitment to social justice. Originally from the island of Barbados, Jamila is now based in Brooklyn, New York, where she manages Health GAP’s organizational and financial matters, while bringing her unique blend of knowledge and experience to key areas of our programmatic work.

 

 

 

 
Brittany Herrick, Administrative & Finance Coordinator 

Brittany Herrick, Administrative & Finance Coordinator 

Brittany is an emerging global health activist and recent graduate from New York University's Global Institute of Public Health. While completing her graduate studies, she served as a research assistant for an NIH-funded longitudinal study investigating behavioral risk factors for HIV as well as a National Preparedness intern for FEMA with the US Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining Health GAP, she evaluated service-delivery models in community-based HIV/AIDS organizations in London, and collaborated with UNICEF to design a campaign aimed at improving polio vaccine procurement and distribution in Ukraine. She brings to the Health GAP team a broad knowledge of public health and a passion for social justice. In her role, she serves as critical organizational glue—working daily to ensure that our campaigns and programs are supported to achieve the greatest possible impact. Brittany holds a Master's in Public Health from New York University and a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Health Science from California State University Fullerton, where she conducted research as a McNair Scholar.

 
Emily Sanderson, National Organizer, U.S. (Student Global Aids Compaign)

Emily Sanderson, National Organizer, U.S. (Student Global Aids Compaign)

 

Emily is a recent graduate of Saint Michael’s College Political Science Department with a minor in global studies. Before joining the Health GAP team, she grew her career in advocacy at Saint Michael’s as a senior coordinator and organizer with Student Labor Action Movement (SLAM), a student group striving for a better relationship between workers and students and promoting worker empowerment. She later became involved with Student Global AIDS Campaign (SGAC), where she further developed her skills as an organizer and formed a relationship with Health GAP. In 2015, she was the recipient of the Frank G. Mahady memorial award for moral leadership and social justice for her progressive community involvement while at Saint Michael’s College. As the national organizer, she is working closely with students, SGAC, Positive Youth Network (PYN), and other groups of people living with HIV/AIDS to create and maintain strong, working grassroots capacity across the country. Emily is excited to be able to bring her experience and passion to the Health GAP team and is looking forward to spearheading new initiatives to grow the powerful movement and win the fight to end HIV/AIDS.