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Louis Tharp

Co-Founder - Executive DirectorGlobal Healthy Living Foundation

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20-year international communications executive, equity holder in tech companies during the ‘90s, and a social entrepreneur in 1999. Co-founded and acted as the initial funder for CreakyJoints, an international service organization for people with arthritis. CreakyJoints became part of the Global Healthy Living Foundation, which he also co-founded. Focuses on health policy, advocacy, research, education and patient support. Also CEO and co-founder of TGI Healthworks, a healthcare research and marketing company. Previously a contract writer for The New York Times and other daily newspapers and automotive publications. Published first hardcover, The Complete Manager’s Guide to Promotional Merchandise (Dow-Jones Irwin 1989) – named one of top business books of the year. In 2005, became the first out gay coach at the U.S. Military Academy as swim coach of the West Point Triathlon team. Published Overachiever’s Diary in 2007, recounting team’s rise to national prominence. Proceeds from book go to West Point. Competitive open water and pool swimmer. 13 FINA-sanctioned medals. Currently is the triathlon swim coach at Columbia University, New York City. Board of visitors College of Business Butler University, Indianapolis, 2003-08. Graduated with B.S. and B.A. in Journalism, 1972. 38th Infantry Division, Headquarters, Indiana National Guard, 1972-1978. Chairman of Anti-Bias Commission, Rockland County, New York, 1994-1996. Chairman of the Board of CANDLE, Rockland County, NY, non-profit 1994-1997. Former board of the Victory Fund, Washington, DC, Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation. Current member of Knights Out, U.S. Military Academy and board member of AIDS United. From 2012-2018 accepted a position in the Obama administration serving on the Army Education Advisory Committee. Recognized for service in the Congressional Record. Louis and his husband, Jim Bumgardner, live in Upper Nyack, NY.

Published content

Healthcare Policy Expert: FTC Could Put Insurers' Drug Middlemen On A Diet


The Federal Trade Commission has an opportunity to impact healthcare for Americans.

14 Essential Qualities of a Great Leader

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An exceptional leader is defined both by the accomplishments of their organization and their personal characteristics that contribute directly to that success. A business leader may be defined by the work their company does or the goals it accomplishes, but their individual status as a great leader comes down to the characteristics they possess that set them apart from others.  Leading a successful organization requires that leaders are able to effectively handle any circumstances the business may encounter, but this isn’t the only quality that matters. Below, 14 members of Newsweek Expert Forum each share one characteristic that is critical in a great leader and how that trait influences their ability to effectively lead.

How Medicare Gets It Right and Wrong


Why do seniors who need health insurance the most pay more than those who don’t?

12 Practical Ways Managers Can Ensure Junior Employees Are Supported

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Creating a workplace dedicated to employee development helps build a culture that retains and attracts employees. Junior employees rely on their existing knowledge and skills to get a role, but what really helps an individual flourish in their position is support from superiors. From establishing mentorship programs to building a culture that allows employees to explore and grow their skills, leadership support can manifest itself in a variety of different ways.  Creating a workplace that truly caters to the development of employees requires that leaders put in both time and hard work, and the potential results alone make these efforts worthwhile. To help, the members of Newsweek Expert Forum each share one practical way managers can ensure junior employees are receiving adequate training and support to fuel their professional growth.

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Global Healthy Living Foundation

Company bio

The Global Healthy Living Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people living with chronic illnesses (such as arthritis, osteoporosis, migraine, psoriasis, and cardiovascular disease) by advocating for improved access to health care at the community, state, and federal levels, and amplifying education and awareness efforts within its social media framework. GHLF is also a staunch advocate for vaccines. The Global Healthy Living Foundation is the parent organization of CreakyJoints®, the digital arthritis community for millions of arthritis patients and caregivers worldwide who seek education, support, activism, and patient-centered research through ArthritisPower® (, the first-ever patient-centered research registry for joint, bone, and inflammatory skin conditions, and hosts PainSpot (, a digital risk assessment tool for musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. Visit for more information. The Global Healthy Living Foundation is committed to equal opportunity for all full- and part-time employees, interns and contractors. It is GHLF policy that no one shall be treated differently, separately, or have any action directly affecting them taken on the basis of race, religion, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status or disability where they are otherwise qualified or could be with reasonable accommodation. The immediate remedy for any act of discrimination shall be to end it, treat the individual equally, and, as much as practically possible, to eradicate any effects of discrimination. Discipline will be imposed where appropriate. Web sites: Facebook: Twitter: @GHLForg, @CreakyJoints Instagram: @Creaky_Joints



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