The seeds of a future in Indonesia were first sown for Kinari Webb in 1993, while studying orangutans in Gunung Palung National Park. Bearing witness to the dichotomy of a beautiful and simultaneously threatened rain forest, and experiencing firsthand the travesties befalling local communities with regards to health care, Kinari vowed to complete medical training and return to Indonesia.
Dr. Webb graduated from Yale University’s School of Medicine with honors and completed her residency in family medicine at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, California in 2005; Health In Harmony was founded shortly thereafter. Based on information gleaned from a year spent traveling around Indonesia, Health In Harmony’s project, ASRI, was sited in Sukadana, on the border of Gunung Palung, in 2007.
Today, the ASRI program has improved the lives of the people in the communities around Gunung Palung through increased and affordable health care, decreased logging of the park and introductions of alternative incomes sources.
Dr. Webb was honored with an Ashoka Social Entrepreneur Fellowship in 2014 and was selected as a Rainier Arhnold Fellow through the Mulago Foundation in the same year. Health In Harmony’s work has been profiled in Oprah Magazine, PBS’s News Hour with Jim Lehrer, National Geographic, Sierra Magazine, Mongabay, and the Voice of America, among others.