Theodore H. Tulchinsky
Theodore H. Tulchinsky (MD 1961 from the University of Toronto; MPH degree 1968 from Yale University). He participated in the introduction of universal health insurance in Saskatchewan (1962-66) and served as Deputy Minister of Health and Social Development in the Province of Manitoba, Canada (1972-76). After moving to Israel in 1976, he served as Director of Public Health in the Ministry of Health in Israel, then Coordinator for Health and Supervisor of Health in the West Bank and Gaza (1981-2014) with a focus on sanitation, immunization, nutrition, and primary care for maternal and child health especially. He taught in the International MPH program at the Braun School of Public Health at the Hebrew University from 1981 to 2016. He was a visiting consultant to the New York State Department of Health in the 1980s on community health worker programs and other topics as a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Public Health (1997-98). Ted led in developing a community health worker program for 11 low income housing projects in Los Angeles county; the program expanded during the COVID pandemic.
Ted has published 110 articles in peer reviewed professional journals, and a number of book chapters on public health topics including polio, measles, tetanus, water borne diseases, immunization, nutrition, and environmental health. He has been active between 2000 and 2018 in promoting new schools of public health in former socialist countries of Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and Central Asia, served on the Executive Board of the European Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPHER). He is lead author on the textbook The New Public Health (three editions in 1999, 2005, 2014); NPH has been translated and published in Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Moldovan, Romanian, Mongolian, Georgian, and Turkish languages. Ted was awarded the Andrija Stampar Medal in 2008 for "excellence in promoting public health education in Europe”, and was Deputy Editor of Public Health Reviews from 2010 to 2017. Ted published Case Studies in Public Health in 2018. Between 2010-2018, he led in development of Israel’s first bachelor degree program at Ashkelon College, as well as in developing an Erasmus funded project of cooperation between Israeli and European schools of public health.
Affiliations and Expertise
Emeritus, Braun School of Public Health, Hebrew University-Hadassah, Hadassah Ein Karem, Jerusalem, Israel;
Emeritus, School of Health Professions, Ashkelon Academic College, Ashkelon, Israel
Elena A. Varavikova
Elena A. Varavikova is an MD from the I.M. Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy. She completed her Ph.D. in Moscow, an M.P.H. degree at the School of Public Health at the State University of New York in Albany, and postdoctoral studies at the Harvard University School of Public Health. She served as Chief of the Unit for Monitoring of Health and Preventable Deaths, Public Health Institute, Russia, as well as Associate Professor of Public Health at the Moscow Medical Academy. After a 4-year affiliation as a scientist for the World Health Organization, HQ, Geneva, Switzerland, she returned to Russia to work in the Ministry of Health and Social Development in the Department for International Collaboration in Public Health, and later in the Federal Agency for High-tech Medical Care. Dr. Varavikova is now a State Adviser for the Russian Federation. She has managed and participated in number of projects in many countries and has published on public health topics including health policy, population health, future studies and globalization, health technology assessment, and professional education.
Affiliations and Expertise
Leading Researcher, Federal Research Institute for Health Organization and Information, FRIHOI, Moscow, Russian Federation