Founded in 1968, PAHEF is a 501(c)(3) public charity located in Washington, DC, that fosters public health programs in the Americas to address major health needs.

As a foundation, the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) is led by a board of directors comprised of health experts, business leaders, and academics with expertise in Latin America and the Caribbean.


PAHEF works with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and other strategic partners in the Americas to mobilize resources and jointly address key health, education, and training priorities.

PAHEF's Priority Areas Are:

Chronic disease prevention and healthy aging
Neglected tropical diseases
Health education

PAHEF’s Core Competencies

• Creative and agile project management and problem solving
• 21st century health education expertise
• Innovative capacity building for the public health sector
• Technical competence and culturally-sensitive partnership building

An Effective Partner

We bring our talents to project implementation in a variety of ways. From mobilizing funding to playing a vital role in corporate social responsibility initiatives, PAHEF is a knowledgeable, reliable partner improving public health in the hemisphere.

PAHEF’s technical competence is strengthened by the deep relationships we have with leading researchers, academic institutions, and policy-minded entities in the Americas. By leveraging this technical expertise, we are able to bring the latest innovations and methodologies to health-focused initiatives ranging from education to governance.

Private Sector Relationship

PAHEF works with the public and private sectors on behalf of all segments of our hemispheric community. PAHEF’s health expertise and breadth of collaborators in the Americas makes the Foundation a natural partner for national and international corporations across a spectrum of interests. We successfully partner with a range of organizations, including pharmaceutical companies, food manufacturers, and public relations firms.

PAHO Relationship

PAHEF shares the same goal as PAHO—health for all. Many foundation grants are made to support programmatic efforts of PAHO and its member countries. We are partners on joint programs such as PALTEX (The Expanded Textbook and Instructional Materials Program) and the Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health. We also work closely with PAHO on a variety of projects including:

a project to improve surveillance and characterization of meningococcal disease in the Latin American region;
a multiyear initiative to promote evidence-based policy decisions regarding the introduction of new vaccines in Latin America and the Caribbean; and
creation of a Center of Excellence for the Prevention and Control of Chronic Diseases on the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Read more about PAHEF’s relationship with PAHO

View our 2010 990 form

View our 2009 990 form

View our 2009 Annual Report

View our 2008 990 form

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A Sample of Recent PAHEF Projects in the Region