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The Global Healthy Living Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, based in Upper Nyack, New York, with the mission to improve the quality of life for people with chronic illness.

GHLF advocates for improved access to care at the community level, amplifying education and awareness efforts within its social media framework. Central to this advocacy are GHLF’s successes educating about the importance of diagnosis, early and innovative medical intervention, long-term lifestyle improvement with the goal of improved outcomes.

Co-founded in 1999 by arthritis patient and advocate Seth Ginsberg (diagnosed with Spondyloarthropathy at age 13), and social entrepreneur Louis Tharp, GHLF includes disease-specific communities, the most visible being CreakyJoints, a network of more than 100,000 arthritis patients and caregivers in all 50 states, Western Europe, South America and Australia. Other disease areas of focus include psoriasis, chronic pain, cancer, and diabetes.

Building a
New Research Paradigm

GHLF is a leader in social and conventional media healthcare engagement, leveraging new technology to address old paradigm healthcare problems such as ongoing observational or interventional research. In 2014, GHLF was awarded a contract from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute to build ArthritisPower, a robust arthritis patient registry with a capacity for increased data linkage, a novel patient governance structure and active as well as passive data collection capabilities.

Speaking Out
For Patients

In addition to disease-specific initiatives focused on arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, psoriasis, and chronic pain, GHLF advocates for important state and national healthcare policies which improve access-to-care, educate about the importance of vaccines, and encourage patient-reported outcomes. Mobilizing Seth’s US-based 50-State Network, GHLF is able to speak with a patient-united voice to the media, legislators, government officials and private industry.


Education and mobilization occurs through partnerships with physician networks, national and state-level professional societies, and a collaborative relationship with other non-profit organizations and patient support groups. This collaborative advocacy allows GHLF to leverage the reach and impact of healthy living messages to effectively overcome barriers to care.


We have a passionate team, dedicated to improving the lives of people with chronic disease.


Seth Ginsberg

President, GHLF

Louis Tharp

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Ben Nowell, PhD

Director, Patient Centered Research

Laurie Ferguson, PhD

Director, Education Development

David Curtis

Director, Technology and Data Services

Joseph Coe, MPA

Director, Education and Digital Strategy

Lauren Gelman, MS

Director, Editorial Services

Steven Newmark, JD, MPA

Director, Policy and General Counsel

Kelly Gavigan, MPH

Data Scientist

Shilpa Venkatachalam, PhD

Associate Director, Patient-Centered Research

Daniel Hernandez, MD

Medical Advocacy Liaison

Corey Greenblatt, MPH

Manager, Policy and Advocacy

Laura Stradford, MPH

Project Manager

Jessica Boles, MSW, LSW

Patient Advocate, Community Outreach Manager

Regis Wagner, MSW

Patient Advocate, Community Outreach Manager

Danielle Ali

Manager, Information Technology

Ryan Johnson

Administrative Coordinator

Our Impact

Click here to view our Quarterly Impact Reports which detail our work throughout the year.


Our Partners

The Global Healthy Living Foundation relies on the activist philanthropy of our past and current partners: corporate sponsors, government and foundation grants. We are grateful for their continued support of our community and advocacy efforts.


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