Leslie Hardy, MHS
Leslie M. Hardy is executive vice president of the Merck Foundation (Merck & Co.,Inc., Kenilworth, NJ,USA). She leads the Foundation’s program portfolio in the areas of public health, health care quality and policy, both in the U.S. and internationally. Program investments focus on improving the quality and delivery of health care, strengthening health systems, increasing access to care and promoting health equity among vulnerable populations across the following selected disease areas:Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes, hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS. Ms. Hardy has responsibility for health program strategy and evaluation, partnership development, communications and operations; she also currently leads the Merck Foundation’s initiatives to address non-communicable diseases, including: the Alliance to Advance Patient-Centered Cancer Care and Bridging the Gap: Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care. Prior to joining Merck, Ms. Hardy served as Senior Policy Analyst and Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she coordinated key policy and program initiatives in global infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS and women’s health. She also developed and directed a number of public health policy and HIV/AIDS project during her tenure at the Institute of Medicine(now National Academy of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sciences. Ms. Hardy is a graduate of Duke University, and holds a Master of Health Science in public health from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.