Resources for Health Equity (RHE) was established by Dr. Phuong Nhan Le in 2013. We are a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to securing the fundamental rights to health and promoting equity for all people, especially the vulnerable and disadvantaged populations in Southeast Asia.
The staff of RHE together possess over 30 years of experience of working with government, policymakers, community-based organizations and the philanthropic sector in Southeast Asia, and Vietnam in particular, to promote health and transform health systems to address the current health inequities that still exist throughout the region. We believe that various social factors affect health and result in equity, and that if there is no biological reason for the systemic differences in health outcomes among countries and population groups then they need not exist and can be addressed. The best health outcomes are achieved through systems that emphasize quality primary health care based on principles of equity, health promotion and disease prevention.
We firmly believe building local capacity to address local health problems is the most meaningful and sustainable way to affect change. The organization and our staff are committed to using our resources to support community-based organizations and local leaders to fulfill this gap.
RHE’s vision is to advance the fundamental rights to health and well being of vulnerable and disadvantaged populations in Southeast Asia.
Supporting key research for primary health care (PHC) development through better collaboration between academic centers and the community to establish, evaluate, and disseminate models of PHC innovation in training, service delivery, and access to care
Bridging resources with local needs to build local capacity for community development through acting as local representatives for funders.
Carrying out consultancy services on behalf of philanthropic foundations in the areas of grant monitoring, evaluation, knowledge dissemination, and grantee support.
Investing in social enterprises that can have significant impact on addressing health inequities in the region.
Dr. Phuong Nhan Le earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and his Medical Doctor degree at the Medical College of Georgia. Subsequently, he completed residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati where he also served as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine. Dr. Le is US Board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He also received his Master of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in 1998.
Dr. Le began working with The Atlantic Philanthropies in 2000 as a Consultant for the Viet Nam Program and helped to establish the Ha Noi Representative Office in 2003. From 2003-2013, he was the Atlantic’s Country Director in Viet Nam. He also served as Atlantic’s Global Population Health Program Director from 2008 – 2012, overseeing Atlantic’s Health Programs in Viet Nam, South Africa and Cuba.
As Country Director for Viet Nam, Dr. Le was responsible for overseeing Atlantic’s grant making portfolio of over $384 million USD for the Health and Higher Education sectors. Atlantic’s work in the Health sector focused in the areas of primary health care (PHC) systems development, health human resource development, and supporting policy and advocacy for improving health equity for all Vietnamese. One of the major successes of the Atlantic’s Health Program included working with provincial health authorities to reform the networks of commune health clinics in eight provinces to enhance PHC services and delivery for over nine million populations. Other achievements in the Health sector included improving the public health system to address major issues such as injury and tobacco use; supporting the development of schools and faculties of public health in the north, central and south of the country; assisting the Government in the establishment of social work as a profession; testing and scaling-up of Family Medicine training curriculum for PHC providers; and partnering with the Government to establish a national network of community-based mental health system.
In the Higher Education sector, Atlantic’s investments were notable in the construction and complete development of five Learning Resource Centers (LRCs) at four major universities throughout Viet Nam. The LRCs are now a national network of university libraries to support the change in teaching and learning for teachers and students throughout the country.
As Atlantic started to wind down its program in Viet Nam at the end of 2013, Dr. Le founded a new US-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Resources for Health Equity (RHE), to carry on the work. Like The Atlantic Philanthropies before it, RHE is also dedicated to advance the fundamental rights to health and well-being of vulnerable and disadvantaged populations throughout Southeast Asia.
Dr. Le also serves on the boards of the VinaCapital Foundation and the Center for Social Initiatives Promotion in Viet Nam, and the Community Family Services International in the Philippines to help improve the lives of disadvantaged populations through community programs and building local capacity to address social issues of access to health care, education, and livelihood.
Mary McDonnell is executive director and chief operating officer of the SSRC, and she leads the Council’s capacity strengthening, fellowships, and Asia-focused work. McDonnell received her PhD in history from Columbia University with a focus on transregional connections between the Arab Middle East and Southeast Asia, particularly through Islam. She has master’s degrees in both international affairs and journalism, also from Columbia, and worked as a journalist covering Asian and Middle Eastern affairs before joining the Council full time in 1986, where she became founding director of the Abe Fellowship and Vietnam Programs. She is currently leading a decade-long, qualitative and quantitative assessment of population health in rural Vietnam. Her most recent publication, a case study of injury prevention in Vietnam in Structural Approaches in Public Health, edited by Marni Sommer and Richard Parker (Routledge, May 2013), provides a lens on creating achievable policy and behavioral change and offers lessons for other public health interventions while demonstrating the power of evaluation as a tool for strategic learning. She is currently editing the Sage Handbook on Research Management (Sage Publications, August 2015). McDonnell serves on the Expert Working Group of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program and on the advisory boards of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the British Council for Mobilising the Humanities. She chairs the Board of Trustees of the School for Social Development and Public Policy at Beijing Normal University and is a founding member of the board of a new NGO, Resources for Health Equity.
Tony Proscio is associate director of the Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and a consultant to foundations and major nonprofit organizations. His work at Duke has included a multiyear study of how The Atlantic Philanthropies are managing their final grants and bringing their work to a close, including in-depth review of their grantmaking in Viet Nam, South Africa, and the Republic of Ireland. Proscio previously organized and led an affordable-housing finance program in South Florida and, in the 1990s, was associate editor of The Miami Herald, where he was lead editorial writer on economic issues and wrote a weekly opinion column.
Hub Langstaff, MD is an international executive with experience in building organizations from concept to sustainability, with a special passion for healthcare and social enterprise. He has worked successfully in for-profit and non-profit environments, bridging both. Hub has experience in developing markets with 3 years in Vietnam working in impact investing and capacity building for the entrepreneurship ecosystem. He is currently Vietnam Country Director for J.E. Austin Associates’ SECO Entrepreneurship Program, a partnership with SECO, The Economic Cooperation and Development Division of the Swiss government.
Hub has combined his 30+ years’ experience with an MBA from Harvard and an MD from Vanderbilt Medical School for unique insights and capabilities in the developing world and in healthcare. Previously he has started his own healthcare companies and worked with, and in, a wide array of enterprises, healthcare businesses, and situations, including Bain & Company Management Consulting and Hologic, Inc, the largest medical technology company focused on women’s health.
Uyen K. Le is a transactional corporate and entertainment attorney licensed to practice law in California and Georgia. Uyen received her B.A. with honors in English Literature from Brown University and her J.D. cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law.
After litigating for two years in the Atlanta office of Holland & Knight LLP, Uyen moved to Los Angeles in 2003, where she practiced corporate and entertainment transactional law for over ten years. While at the entertainment law firm of Morris Yorn et al., she handled the formation and start-up for hundreds of corporations and limited liability companies for the firm’s high-profile clients. She also filed numerous federal trademark applications and copyright registrations.
After leaving the Morris Yorn law firm, Uyen worked with senior entertainment attorneys who specialized in representing independent filmmakers and film production companies during all aspects of development, financing, production and distribution, in addition to representing small and mid-sized companies in all of their corporate transactional and business needs. Uyen is currently working with independent filmmakers and non-profit organizations in connection with their creative, business and philanthropic endeavors.
Dr. Duong Hoang Quyen is an expert on health policy strategy development, program design, and high-level advocacy in the ASEAN region. She currently works as a Programme Executive for Resources for Health Equity (RHE), where she facilitates the implementation of the Transformative Leadership for Health Equity Programme in Southeast Asia (the Equity Initiative). Quyen worked for The Atlantic Philanthropies for more than seven years, where she developed and managed The Atlantic’s grant portfolio related to health system strengthening and human resources within health. Prior to joining The Atlantic Philanthropies, Quyen was with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Hanoi as National Programme Officer for seven years. Her experience covers policy and strategy development, program design, and health sector-wide approaches. Quyen completed her medical degree from Ha Noi Medical University and her postgraduate study in Public Policy Analysis and Management at University of Washington, Seattle, USA.
Mai My Hanh is an Office Manager of RHE, in charge of all administration works since the office inception back in 2014. Before RHE, Hanh had held various senior managerial positions in international law-firm Baker & McKenzie and later The Atlantic Philanthropies since 2003. As a native Hanoian (Vietnam) Hanh graduated with a master degree in business administration at Australia’s LaTrobe University.