Glenna M. Crooks

Glenna Crooks, Ph.D.

Glenna Crooks, Ph.D., as founder and President of Strategic Health Policy International, Inc solves some of the toughest health care problems of our times by distilling chaos and complexity into recognizable trends and patterns and easily digestible, action-oriented insights. Her clients are businesses and governments globally and her Centricity Principle™ approach has been used to create successful organizational, national and global strategies to improve health and health care. She is also the founder of Best Edge, a company devoted to helping the highest-performing executive women stay in the game and confront the unique challenges they face as women working to solve health care problems and have satisfying personal lives. She derives her expertise from her professional history in senior positions as a Reagan appointee in government and as an executive in the bio-pharmaceutical industry. She has worked as a global problem-solver for more than twenty years. She was the first Executive Director for North American Operations and subsequently the first Vice-President for Worldwide Operations of Merck’s newly-created Vaccine Business, growing sales from $400 million to over $1 billion during the 1991-1994 formative years. She also developed policy operations at Merck & Co., Inc. for markets globally and during those Most Admired Corporation years, her policy group was recognized by her peers as the best in the Fortune 500. She has lead marketing operations, strategic planning and joint venture relationships globally and continues to be involved in research ethics, regulatory approval strategy, product pricing, government purchasing planning, patient advocacy, professional relations and public relations in a wide variety of health care sectors. Glenna devotes her time to academic, professional, and philanthropic endeavors as well. She is adjunct professor at the University of the Sciences of Philadelphia, Founder and Chairman of Causeway Collective, and a member of the David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship Board. She served on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Pediatric Dengue Vaccine Initiative Board of Scientific Councilors and was a member of the Institute of Medicine committee to advise the Department of Defense on bioterrorism countermeasures. She was founding Vice-Chair of the Partnership for Prevention, a member of the National Council of the Institute for Child Health and Human Development, Chairman of the National Commission on Rare Diseases, and received the Congressional Exemplary Service Award for Orphan Products Development. She is a recipient of the highest award in public health, the Surgeon General’s Medallion, awarded by C. Everett Koop. She is the author of Covenants: Inspiring the Soul of Healing, and is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences. She was awarded a Ph.D. from Indiana University.