Dr. Kelly Henning has led the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Health program since its inception in 2007. She is a medical doctor and epidemiologist trained in internal medicine, infectious diseases, and public health.


Projects under her direction include the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, a 16-year, almost $1 billion global program aimed at curbing the tobacco epidemic in low– and middle-income countries; the Obesity Prevention Program, a multi-year effort to support public health policies at reducing obesity in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and South Africa; The Bloomberg Global Road Safety Program, a 10-year commitment to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries in developing countries and 10 global cities; the Bloomberg Maternal Health Program, a reproductive health initiative focused in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America; the Drowning Prevention Program, which tests high-potential interventions to prevent drowning deaths among children in Bangladesh, the Philippines and Vietnam; and the Data for Health initiative which will enable 20 low- and middle-income countries to vastly improve public health data collection.


Prior to joining Bloomberg Philanthropies, Dr. Henning was an Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine. From 2003-2006, she served as Director of the newly formed Division of Epidemiology at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


Dr. Henning received her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She completed Internal Medicine training at the University of Pennsylvania and received her Epidemiology training in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Recent Posts by Kelly Henning

Addressing The Gap In Noncommunicable Disease Data With Technology And Innovation

As the noncommunicable disease epidemic reaches all countries, government officials and public health professionals need high-quality, accessible data about NCD risk factors to make informed decisions. A partnership of Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Australian government, the $100 million...

September 21, 2017Global Health Policy, Public Health

Working Together Around The World To Kick The Big Tobacco Habit

We must boldly communicate the importance of tobacco control to keep it on the global public health agenda, says this author, who directs Bloomberg Philanthropies' work in reducing use of tobacco.

Putting The Brakes On Global Road Crash Deaths: One Foundation’s Efforts

The UN is addressing the dangerous conditions on roads all over the world in two of its new Sustainable Development Goals. Global road safety interventions funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies have saved an estimated 125,000 lives.