As part of the Sustainable Development Goals, countries around the world are working to provide universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030. This effort requires countries to adapt their health systems to respond to all disease states, including the growing burden of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Many low- and middle-income countries have not prioritized these diseases, and significant disparities in outcomes exist everywhere.

This forward-looking discussion is intended to advance thinking on systems-based approaches and to disseminate actionable recommendations for incorporating chronic disease care in health systems in low- and middle-income countries. Speakers will explore: 

• New evidence and frameworks from the Medtronic Foundation HealthRise program, the Novartis Better Hearts, Better Cities program and USAID.

• Opportunities provided by frontline health workforce strengthening, health information systems, and leadership and governance to advance patient-centered chronic care within the context of UHC.

• Perspectives on integrating the financing of noncommunicable disease (NCD) treatment into the broader health system to ensure that countries are prepared to tackle all of their priority health issues.

Registration is free and closed captioning is available to all attendees. This event is recommended for global health policy makers; hospital/health system administrators and providers; global health systems experts; noncommunicable disease (NCD) funders and implementers; and NGO staff focused on NCDs and health systems.


Jessica Daly, MPH

Director, Global Health

Medtronic Foundation

Washington, DC

Jessica Daly is the Director for Global Health at the Medtronic Foundation, where she leads strategic investments in data-driven, sustainable care models to improve chronic and acute care delivery among underserved populations globally. Jessica has dedicated her career to the intersections between the private sector and public health, including from…

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Lara Raisa Cheles Vieira, MSc


HealthRise Brazil


Lara Raisa Cheles Vieira is a nurse with a master’s degree in biotechnology from the state university of Feira Santana (Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana), Brazil. She works at the Vitória da Conquista´s health department and has been working in primary health care for five years.

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Sujata Bijou, MPH

Senior Measurement and Learning Technical Advisor

IntraHealth International

Washington, DC

Sujata Bijou has spent over fifteen years in international program design, monitoring, quality improvement, evaluation, and field research. Sujata currently works as a Senior Measurement and Learning Technical Advisor at IntraHealth International supporting the projects in West Africa. She has been working closely with the Better Hearts, Better Cities team in…

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Caroline Ly, MA, PhD

Health Economist

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Washington, DC

Caroline Ly is a health economist in USAID’s Bureau of Global Health's Office of Health Systems. She has over a decade of experience working on health economics, financing and systems issues in Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.  Her focus is on researching the socio-economic impact of national health…

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Kate Greene, MBA

Senior Associate

Abt Associates

Rockville, MD

Kate Greene’s diverse experience includes designing and managing health workforce programs in Cote d’Ivoire, Eswatini, Guinea, Haiti and India through USAID’s Health Finance and Governance project; launching a global program, HealthRise, to expand access to diabetes and hypertension care with a focus on frontline health workers in Brazil, India, South…

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