Gillian Barclay, DDS, MPH, DrPH, is vice president of the Aetna Foundation. In her role, she leads the development, execution and evaluation of the foundation’s national and international grant programs and cultivates new projects within its three focus areas: reducing obesity by promoting wellness and healthy choices, improving equity in health and health care and promoting integrated health care. As part of her responsibilities, she is a frequent spokesperson for the foundation, presenting its work and the accomplishments of grantees to various audiences.
Prior to joining the Aetna Foundation, Dr. Barclay was an advisor at the Regional Office of the World Health Organization in the Office of Caribbean Program Coordination. There, she managed a portfolio of initiatives that focused special attention on building health leadership and public health systems. Previously, she was the evaluation manager of health programs for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where she was responsible for the impact of the foundation's investments to improve healthy equity, increase the quality of health and health care, and enhance community health and wellness.
Dr. Barclay has taught at the Harvard School of Public Health and Hunter College of the City University of New York. She has published in peer-reviewed literature and has been a frequent presenter at health conferences in the U.S. and around the world.
Dr. Barclay earned her doctorate of dental surgery at the University of Detroit Mercy and completed her residency at New York Hospital Medical Center. She holds a doctorate in public health from Harvard University and a master’s of public health from the University of Michigan. Her undergraduate work was at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.
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