Our mission is to help people

take the best care of their health possible.

We all want to be healthy. But we all struggle to take the
actions we know we need to take to ensure optimal health.
Common Hope for Health bridges this gap between
aspiration and action by providing behavior care.


Behavior care is care for health behavior—care that helps people to adopt
healthier lifestyles, prevent illnesses, and seek care when sick.
Behavior care makes healthy behavior easier and more fulfilling.
Behavior care focuses on health, not disease.


Three values, three domains, and three outcomes.


  • Equity

    We serve those in greatest need.

  • Excellence

    We strive to do things well and do them better every day.

  • Empowerment

    We form partnerships and build capacity, so as to make our presence ultimately unnecessary.

  • Primary care

    We work within systems that serve as the first place that people seek when they have health needs.

  • Technology

    We create and use tools that change what is possible.

  • Behavioral science

    We engage deeply with individuals and communities as well as with scientific research to better understand health decisions and behaviors.

  • Health

    We deliver services that lead to better health.

  • Knowledge

    We generate evidence on what works.

  • Change

    We advocate for positive change in global health.

Portfolio - Although the problems we address are universal, we seek to provide behavior care in settings of greatest need, where poverty, geography, discrimination, and other structural barriers make healthy behavior most difficult.

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  • Primary Care
  • Behavioral Science
  • Technology
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Blog - Check here for updates on our work, commentary, and news about issues that are central to our mission.

7 Jan 2015

World Development Report 2015

Each year, the World Bank Group issues the World Development Report, a sweeping analysis of a particular dimension of economic development, such as job creation, gender, infrastructure, and climate. This year's Report, just released, tackles a cutting-edge dimension that lies at the heart of Common Hope for Health's work: decision-making and behavior.

23 Dec 2014

Introducing our new website, and a clearer mission

Since we first began working in rural Kenya in 2006, Common Hope for Health has pursued a fundamentally moral mission: to serve those in greatest need. We are, of course, far from having accomplished this mission. But we have made progress. Over the past nine years, mothers, fathers, and children who previously had nowhere to turn when sick have gained access to compassionate, often life-saving medical care at our health center. But this progress has also revealed a sobering -- and perhaps radical -- truth: medical care alone, at least in the conventional sense, is not enough.


Team - Common Hope for Health is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts, and Ugunja, Kenya. Our Founders' Circle comprises all donors who commit one dollar per day for at least one year to support CHH's work.



Scott Lee, MPA, MPhil


Matthew Mulder

Vice President

Amara Mulder, MD


Judy Kim, MD


Jessica Hoy, MD


Sarah Johnson, PhD


John Lavinsky, JD



Paul Farmer

Kolokotrones University Professor,
Harvard University

Keith Hansen

Global Practices Vice President,
The World Bank

Jim Yong Kim

The World Bank

Arthur Kleinman

Rabb Professor of Anthropology,
Harvard University

Michael Martin

Executive Director,
Osiepe Australia

Amolo Okero

Public Health Management Consultant

Aggrey Omondi

Executive Director,
Ugunja Community Resource Center

Kwonjune Seung

Associate Physician,
Brigham and 
Women’s Hospital


Charles Ogada

Director and Board Chair

Beatrice Omondi


Victor Odhiambo

Chief Clinical Officer

Isaac Masinde

Chief Nutritionist

Milka Anundo

Chief Laboratory

Dan Rateng

HIV Program

Sabina Ouma

Community Health

Cleopa Otieno

Data Coordinator

Christian Ochieng’

Research Coordinator

Sylvia Wambare



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Gail and Mike Ahern

Kyung-Mo Ahn

Praveen and Mabel Amar

Lisha Bai and Peter Scanavino

Amy Bates

Anne Beckett

Todd and Meghann Beer

Christopher Beer

Amy Bei

Alan Berkowitz

Ben Birnbaum

M.J. and J P. Buono

Sonja Cantu and Greg Zaff

Harry Chang

David Chen

Amy Chen

Eden Chlamtac

Moo Hong Choi

Judy Choi

Steve and Joanne Choi

Marc and Mary Christianson

Pieter Cohen

Loring Conant

Elizabeth Culbreth and
John Vanderstar

Samantha and John D’Amore

Gary and Jodi De La Pena-VanderPol

Meg Donigan

Antje Duvekot and John Scotti

Diana Eck

June Edwards

Nicholas Edwards

Keith and Kathleen Ellison

James Flynn

Toby Garfitt

Arundhati Ghosh

Maxine and Joel Goldstein

Wendy Gutterson

Jiyeon Han

Charlotte Harrison

Yi-An and Kristin Huang

Dong-Myung Im

Daniel Jang

Laurel Johnson

John, Catherine and Emily Johnson

Sarah Stewart Johnson

and John Lavinsky

Kevin Ju

Sonja and Afif Kassouf

Meg and Steve Katz

Leslie Kendrick

Rev’ds. Beth and Jay Kennett,
Hillsborough United Church of Christ

Jim Yong Kim

Sol Kim

Michelle Kuo

Harry and Anne Lane

John Lavinsky

Judith and Michael Lavinsky

Sol Lee

David Lee

Daniel and Grace Lee

Donna and Young Lee

Scott Lee

Nancy Liu

Andrea Loewy

Jonathan Lohn

Daniel and Mary Jean McDonough

Kirk McGettigan

Janet McIntosh

Dave and Becky Meiners

Travis and Jennifer Metz

Lauren Miller

Elizabeth Moorhead

Amara and Matt Mulder

Kevin and Michelle Mulder

Steven and Evelyn Mulder

Marvin Mulder

Ellen Mulder

Kim and Nancy Mulder

Meg Murray and Don Dupont

Virginia Murray

Sara Nuciforo and Rick Murray

Amolo Okero

Jamie and Lynn Paik

Candice Park

John Park

Minah Park and Victor Chang

Linda and Marty Pate

Christine Phelps

Barbara and Jim Posgate

Ed Shin

Edgar O. Smith

Arthur Spector

Neeka Stanley

Dan and Maureen Stores

Craig Szela

Ellen and Michael Szela

Kimberly Szeto

Angus Turner

Marie Tychonievich

Angela Vance

Paul Wang

Robert Wolfreys

Rich Worf

Karla Wozniak

Ying Wu and Ryan Stevenson

Esther Yoo

Alicia Jee Hae Yoon

Abigail Youngblood


Cambridge Community
Fellowship Church

Child Relief International

Davis Projects for Peace

ExxonMobil Foundation

Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

Goldman Sachs

Harvard University

Helen and William Mazer

Hope Central Church

Horizons Foundation

I Do Foundation

Massachusetts General Hospital

Maurice Pechet Foundation

Microsoft Corporation

PepsiCo Foundation

Prudential Foundation

Smith Iron and Metal Co., Inc.

UBS Optimus Foundation

United Methodist Committee on Relief

University School, Shaker Heights

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Youth As Resources


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