A Special UNA Careers Panel
Careers in the Global Health Field
External Relations Officer
WHO Office at the United Nations
JENNIFER GOTTESFELD and TALI SHMULOVICH
Global Health Corps
Director, Human Resources for Health
Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc.
Wednesday | May 14, 2014
6:00-7:00 p.m. | Reception, Registration and Networking
7:00-8:30 p.m. | Program and Q+A
There will be a wine reception with light hors d'oeuvres
Hungarian Mission to the United Nations
227 East 52nd Street (between Second and Third Avenues)
New York, NY 10022
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Guests and Non-Members: $15
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Public health professionals are agents for health promotion and disease prevention. Using research and education, public health professionals aim to protect the health of individuals, families, and communities in the United States and abroad.
A career in public health opens the door to opportunities in several sectors such as international agencies, research and academic institutions, private and non-governmental organizations (NGO's), disaster relief organizations, in-country field consultants, immigrant/refugee health organizations, governmental agencies (USAID, in-country ministry of health) and multilateral agencies such as the World Health Organization at the United Nations. Public health professionals are in high demand, with career paths filled with opportunities to advance.
International/global health is an area of public health that addresses the health of people living in developing countries. Developing countries are facing a dual burden of disease and must address not only infectious and tropical diseases, but also chronic and non-communicable illnesses. Global health professionals may address mental illness and the health consequences of trauma, violence, war, and displacement. Maternal and child health is another top priority because so much of the morbidity and mortality in the developing world is due to a lack of access to good obstetric care and treatments for childhood illness.
Key to global health are organization, financing, and management of health service systems. Global health experts help developing countries to establish an effective and efficient health care system and infrastructure.
Careers in the global health sectors are endless and rewarding, placing a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide.
Please join us at a panel on May 14 to hear from four public and global health professionals. Their valuable insights on determinants of global health and available jobs in this field are not to be missed.
JENNIFER GOTTESFELD | Before joining the Global Health Corps staff team as US Program Manager, Jennifer Gottesfeld was a 2011-2012 GHC fellow placed with Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative in Malawi. As a fellow, Jennifer started a program called Teen Support Line, which provides psychosocial support to adolescents living with HIV. Prior to her departure for Malawi, Jennifer worked in resource development for International Medical Corps. Jennifer was also a project facilitator for a small organization under the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), for which she implemented a health education center in Kala Refugee Camp in Zambia. Jennifer graduated cum laude and with college honors from University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in Anthropology, and took time off to volunteer as an EMT in Israel. During college, Jennifer participated in a year of service with AmeriCorps, where she worked as a paralegal at the Inglewood Courthouse providing legal aid to self-representing litigants. In addition, Jennifer had a brief stint in the movie industry, working as an accountant and associate producer on movies in Hollywood and Peru.
FATIMA KHAN | Fatima has been with the World Health Organization since 2006. She has worked in WHO Headquarters in Geneva for the HIV/AIDS department and the Office of the Director-General, working on UN reform and inter-agency and inter-governmental relations. She is currently at the WHO Office to the United Nations in New York. She has also previously worked for the World Bank and the World Food Programme. Fatima has a graduate degree from New York University.
TEJ NUTHULAGANTI | Tej currently serves as the director for health workforce development projects at the Clinton Health Access Initiative. His current work primarily focuses on building medical, nursing and other health professions education capacity in developing country contexts. Tej recently relocated back to Cambridge, Massachusetts after spending the last two years in Rwanda supporting their Ministry of Health to develop a large training partnership with 25 top american universities and the U.S. government and the Global Fund. Previous to his work in Rwanda, Tej supported CHAI's malaria elimination team, based in South Africa where he supported the national department of health to develop a long term malaria strategic plan and cross-border elimination strategy with Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
In addition to his work at the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Tej serves as a global health teaching fellow at Harvard University under the direction of Drs. Paul Farmer and Arthur Kleinman. Tej grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Rutgers University with his Bachelors in biology and Masters in Science in molecular biology. He earned his Masters in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health where he focused on global health and infectious diseases epidemiology.
TALI SHMULOVICH | Tali is Vice President of Operations at Global Health Corps, a global-health focused social enterprise that runs a paid yearlong Fellowship program for talented young professionals. At GHC, Tali oversees the finances, human resources, procurement, and Fellow recruitment and selection. She is responsible for developing internal systems and controls to support efficient program operations and consistent growth. Prior to joining Global Health Corps, Tali worked at Phoenix House, serving first as Vice President, National Business Development and then as Vice President, Military Services. She led the launch of Phoenix House's first specialized substance abuse treatment program for military veterans. Before joining Phoenix House, Tali worked at Public Health Solutions, launching a range of healthcare access programs and serving as the Director of Marketing for a network of family planning and prenatal care clinics. Tali earned a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.B.A. from Fordham University.
CLINTON HEALTH ACCESS INITIATIVE (CHAI)
The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems and expanding access to care and treatment in the developing world. CHAI's solution-oriented approach focuses on improving market dynamics for medicines and diagnostics; lowering prices for treatment; accelerating access to life-saving technologies; and helping governments build the capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programs.
Since its inception, CHAI's programs have helped more than 8.2 million people in more than 70 countries have access to CHAI-negotiated prices for HIV/AIDS medicines and have led to more than $1 billion in savings for developing countries. In addition to retaining its initial focus on HIV/AIDS, CHAI implements programs pertaining to Drug Access, HIV/AIDS, TB and Health Financing, Malaria, Vaccine Delivery and Maternal Child Health, Zinc/ORS, New Initiatives and the strengthening of health care systems in more than 50 developing countries. CHAI has over 1,000 employees and volunteers worldwide.
For more information, visit the CHAI website here.
GLOBAL HEALTH CORPS (GHC)
Global Health Corps selects recent college graduates and young professionals from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds and places them in health non-profits and government offices in the US, East Africa and Southern Africa for a year of service.
Fellows operate in teams of two — one national fellow paired with one international fellow — to create solutions for a variety of health issues like HIV, maternal child health, nutrition and healthcare access. Through additional GHC training and leadership development programming, these young people complete their fellowship with the skills and a vast network to be change-makers in the global health field.
Since its founding in 2009, GHC has deployed 322 fellows from 24 citizenships to work in 7 countries.
For more information, visit the GHC website here.
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
The World Health Organization is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
WHO was founded in 1948 and is based in Geneva, Switzerland. It is one of the largest specialized agencies with a staff of more than 7,000 people from more than 150 countries who work in WHO offices in countries, territories and areas, six regional offices and at the headquarters in Geneva. WHO is charged with improving health and with the eradication or control of diseases. In addition to medical doctors, public health specialists, scientists and epidemiologists, WHO staff include people trained to manage administrative, financial, and information systems, as well as experts in the fields of health statistics, economics and emergency relief.
For more information, please visit the WHO website here.
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