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David Aylward

National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement

David Aylward provides strategic guidance to organizations and initiatives that seek to improve the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged people. He is leading the design and startup of a national program to train Medical Assistants in person-centered primary care as the Executive Director of the National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement ( He also serves as a Senior Advisor to NIMAA’s founder, the Community Health Center Inc. (, a leader in providing primary care to special populations and the poor in the United States. Prior to that he

was a Senior Advisor to Ashoka’s Health for All initiative where he helped lead global initiatives to the increase wellness/vitality of disadvantaged populations (not just provide illness care). These person-centered and community-based approaches included a major focus on full nourishment, “door step” primary health, sanitation, mental health, empowering people on these matters, and other key contributors to human capacity. Until June 2016 he was the Executive Strategist of the iThrive Initiative. Its mission is to accelerate the development of digital games to strengthen the emotional capacity and skills of adolescents, and thus improve their ability to succeed in life and reduce later mental health disorders. He was the first Executive Director of the mHealth Alliance at the United Nations Foundation focused on improving global health in low resource areas with mobile IT. David has forty years of experience in public policy, information technology, communications, US and global health, and finance in the public, non-profit, and private sectors. He received a JD with high honors from The George Washington Law School, and a BA from Dartmouth College. He was born in Beijing, China, and raised in the Far East as the son of a US Foreign Service Officer.