Global Health Consultant//Board of Directors

Dr. Harry Strulovici

Harry Strulovici, MD, MPH

200 Central Park South, Suite 16A         

New York, New York  

Telephone: (212) 206 - 7788

Mobile: (917) 545- 5290

Email: dr.harry@lifeformothers.org 

SKYPE: operatorsm1

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

  • 10 + years of professional work experience in public health, not limited to Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH), strengthening of decentralized health services, and planning of community-based health programs to engender greater health equity and decrease disparities to improve health outcomes.
  • Experience working in developing countries, including emergency and post-emergency environments in Uganda, El Salvador and Central African Republic.
  • Experience providing technical leadership and guidance to key partners on strategies, processes, and programs related to health with a particular focus on MNCH interventions and health system strengthening.
  • Experience in designing, managing, and implementing cost-effective projects with subsequent analysis, as noted in the implementation of Phase I Pilot Study (see as separate document).
  • Established collaboration/partnerships with myriad stakeholders, i.e., Ministry of Health, Head of District Health, and local CDC and WHO leadership.
  • Engaged community health workers (male and female) and elders to participate in design and evaluation of project results.
  • Teaching experience in the field, as well as good training and coaching skills.
  • Extensive field research experience utilizing strong analytical and strategic-thinking skills, knowledge-management skills, and demonstrated capacity to modify protocols in field in order to deliver on study objectives.
  • Develop evidence-based strategies to scale up high impact MNCH interventions.
  • Excellent computer literacy (Internet, Microsoft Office).
  • Excellent advocacy skills, written and oral communication skills, as well as capacity to manage knowledge acquisition, leverage support, and develop strategic alliances and partnerships with other UN Agencies, NGOs and academic institutions.
  • Strong organizational skills with ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects, as well as manage dozens of project staff members.
  • Excellent team-working skills with ability to work well under pressure and in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to maintain a high standard of personal conduct.
  • Motivated, passionate, and results-driven; geographically flexible.

 

Primary global health experience

Consultant, Founder, President and CEO, Life for Mothers (LfM), 2007 - Present

  • Created 501(c)(3) international NGO to reduce Maternal/Neonatal Mortality in developing countries through health system strengthening and women’s empowerment
  • Developed www.lifeformothers.org website and launched in February 2009
  • Uganda Chapter Registered – October 2009
  • Kenya Chapter Registered – September 2010

 Life for Mothers Pilot Project (Phase I) Completed - ‘A Holistic/Comprehensive Project to Address Maternal/Infant Mortality in Rural Uganda’ (Phase l) May 2007 – May 2011

  • Conceived/designed project over 4 years shuttling between NYC, Washington, DC, and Kampala, Uganda
  • Obtained funding grants from foundations and private corporations to implement pilot
  • Met with parliamentarians, including lead parliamentarian on maternal health, to plan pilot project and discussed health burden crisis at Parliament House
  • Signed multiple memorandums of understanding with the Local Government of Mityana District health administrator, the AIDS Information Center (AIC, the largest AIDS NGO in Uganda) and university officials.
  • Recruited a local program manager and mobilized a group of 200 community health workers, of which 50 were chosen from 25 villages to participate in the pilot.
  • Developed hypothesis (proof of concept) that community health workers using mHealth technology could establish electronic health records rapidly after being trained in mHealth technology and supervised ten workshops conducted by WHO and AIC.
  • Identified gaps in health care access and service delivery and targeted sub-county of rural Uganda to implement pilot project.
  • Selected and managed IT experts to choose OpenXData software application which enabled tracking of statistical data.
  • Developed and wrote template/questionnaires in collaboration with WHO, AIC and the Ministry of Health.
  • Fieldwork began after the type of mobile phone and the telecom carrier were chosen, and six questionnaires (representing six cohorts) were configured and uploaded into the phones.
  • Supervised the testing of the phones and field-tested with community health workers.
  • Directed and managed the collection of data in the field with 25 teams and local translators going home-to-home.
  • Cultivated close relationships with clients during the 17-day period where 5,500 residents, including 1,600 women of reproductive age and 1,100 children under age 5. All personal information was deleted from phones.
  • Downloaded and oversaw the analysis of all data.
  • Prepared multiple abstracts, posters, and papers to be published and presented in Washington, New York, and Uganda.

 

OTHER GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERIENCE

 Global Health Consultant

Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies 

UCLA Anderson School of Management, April 2014 – April 2015

  • Responsibilities included but were not limited to identifying problems with maternal access to medical services and using mobile health technology as a tool for women and mothers to obtain increased access to health services.

 Clinical Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Director, International Maternal Health Initiative

  • New York University School of Medicine, April 2008 – June 2012
  • Developed initial concept of Life for Mothers

 Lead Consultant to Central Republic of Africa (CAR) to the Global Fund (GF) –

Round 10 – August 2010 – Conducted in French

  • Strategized PMTCT Proposal Submission with the Chief of HIV/AIDS section of UNICEF and the heads of HIV in CAR for preparation of final document addressing the needs of the national partners as well as the preferences of the Global Fund Technical Review Panel to ensure the highest possibility of acceptance of the proposal by the Global Fund (completed in French).

 

Consultant to UNFPA, December 2008 – March 2009

  • Worked on initial draft of “In support of the Global Plan towards the Elimination of HIV Infections among Children by 2015 and Keeping their Mothers Alive” developed by The Inter-agency Task Team for Prevention and Treatment of HIV Infection in Pregnant Women, Mothers, and their Children.  
  • Worked on developing strategies to focus on Prongs 1 & 2 of the Comprehensive Approach; specifically the primary prevention of HIV in adolescent women and the prevention of unintended pregnancies in women with HIV (Prevention of Mother–To–Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV Scaling-up Program)

 EDUCATION

 Global Public Health – MPH, New York University, 2008

  • Capstone Project: Worked in El Salvador with Basic Health International (NGO) on a qualitative study to evaluate the use of visual inspection assessment techniques to detect cervical cancer - 2008
  • Dean’s List

 Chief Resident (Plastic Surgery), University of Mississippi, July 1982 - January 1983

First Year Resident (Plastic Surgery), Baylor University, July 1981 - June 1982

Chief Resident (Surgery), Columbia University - Roosevelt Hospital, July 1980 - June 1981

Third Year Resident (Surgery), Columbia University - Roosevelt Hospital, July 1979 - June 1980

Second Year Resident (Surgery), Columbia University - Roosevelt Hospital, July 1978 - June 1979

First Year Resident (Surgery), Boston University, July 1977 - June 1978

Intern (Surgery), Boston University, July 1976 – June 1977

MD, Rutgers University-- University of Medicine of New Jersey Campus, 1976

BA, New York University--University College, 1972

PRESENTATIONS AND INTERVIEWS

ENCORE.ORG Profiles: Dr. Harry Strulovici

http://encore.org/story/harry-strulovici/

VOICE OF AMERICA

Health correspondent Linord Moudou reports on women's health, which has been on the global health agenda for years. The Millennium Development goals of 2015 are clear indications of how women's health and well-being is a critical part of development. However, some observers say men should not be ignored in addressing women's health. Dr. Harry Strulovici, a global health consultant and founder of the non-profit organization Life for Mothers elaborates on the subject. Published on November 18, 2014

https://youtu.be/-j1SWyCJrtE

VOICE OF AMERICA Radio Interview of Dr. Harry Strulovici on Women’s Healthcare in Africa

http://www.voanews.com/audio/2499513.htmPublished October 28, 2014

USAID/MCHIP Chooses Harry Strulovici, MD, MPH to Present his Global Health Story

https://youtu.be/ARcqb_NbDig Washington, DC --May 29, 2014

Life for Mothers Abstract Accepted for Oral Presentation at the Global Maternal Health Conference- 'Integrating mHealth Technology and Holistic Health Care Delivery to Reduce Maternal/Neonatal/Child Mortality in Rural Uganda: Preliminary Findings’ - Tanzania (November 2012)

XlX International AIDS Conference Selected Life for Mothers Abstract - "Development of a Baseline Needs Assessment for HIV Services in Rural Uganda using mHealth Technology and Community Health Workers (CHWs) to Strengthen Health Systems: A Random Cluster Study" for poster presentation – July 2012 – Washington, DC. Dr. Strulovici was the lead author, along with Dr. Al Osborne from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and William Lee from New York University School of Medicine.

Life for Mothers Selected for Poster Presentation – at the 9th annual Western Regional International Health Conference at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. – April 2012. This conference focused on unaddressed health issues, and aimed to discuss solutions to these problems.

Speaker and Presenter, mHealth Summit, Washington, DC – December 2011 – ‘Integrating mHealth Technology and Holistic Health Care Delivery to Reduce Maternal/Neonatal/Child Mortality in Rural Uganda – Preliminary Findings from Pilot Project- Phase l (completed May 2011).

Life for Mothers Director Selected to be on Westchester County Local Television Program Future Choices – February 2011 - Dr. Harry Strulovici, was interviewed regarding Life for Mothers, reproductive/maternal health, and Life for Mothers pilot project in Uganda.

Life for Mothers Director Lectured on Maternal/Neonatal Mortality in Rural Uganda at the New York Academy of Medicine – March 2010 – the theme was Implementing ‘A Holistic Approach To Reduce Maternal/Neonatal Mortality in Rural Uganda’.

Life for Mothers met with Congressional leaders at the Capitol in Washington, DC to address Maternal/Neonatal/Child Mortality in Developing Countries, September 2008

MEMBERSHIPS

Yale/Johnson & Johnson Career Physician Scholar in Int’l Health, Uganda, 2007-2008

  • Worked and trained at Mulago Hospital (Kampala) to perform fistula repair
  • Spoke at Parliament House (Kampala) regarding the need to increase access to health services for women of reproductive age.

Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine - June 2010

Member, New York County Medical Society – 2011 – Present

PUBLICATIONS           

'Integrating mHealth Technology and Holistic Health Care Delivery to Reduce Maternal/Neonatal/Child Mortality in Rural Uganda: Preliminary Findings’ http://www.lifeformothers.org/docs/lfm-preliminary-nov-14.pdf

 LANGUAGES SPOKEN

  • French, Romanian, English

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Plastic-Surgical Consultant, May 1992 – May 2004
  • Founding Partner, The Plastic Surgeons Guild, Troy, MI, September 1985 - April 1992
  • Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship, Joseph Naud, MD, Southfield, MI, February 1985 - August 1985
  • Attending Physician, Local 32BJ Health Center, June 1983 - October 1984
  • Attending Surgeon, Methodist Hospital, (Emergency Room), February 1983 - June 1983


To access the full Draft Report of Life for Mothers Pilot Project http://lifeformothers.org/docs/lfm-preliminary-nov-14.pdf


 








Dr. Manuel Trujillo

Manuel Trujillo, MD, is Director of the Program in Public & Global Psychiatry, Professor of Psychiatry, and Vice Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Trujillo has a distinguished record as an academic clinical administrator, clinical services innovator and researcher in specialized areas of clinical psychiatry. He was Director of Psychiatry at New York University / Bellevue Hospital from 1991-2008, having come to Bellevue Hospital after holding senior clinical and administrative positions at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and other Schools of Medicine in New York City. Dr. Trujillo has been involved extensively in the fields of urban, cross-cultural and community psychiatry and has helped develop many programs and services for the mentally ill. He has written and presented extensively (both nationally and internationally) on Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy and Cross-Cultural Psychiatry among other topics. During his term at Bellevue Hospital he developed numerous innovative clinical programs such as culturally competent programs for Asians and Hispanics and directed the Department's extensive involvement in the psychological aftermath of September 11th, including outreach efforts to victims, families, children, rescue workers and other at risk populations.

Dr. Trujillo is the recipient of many research and service grants designed to:

  • improve the outcome of treatment of severe and persistent mental illness such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorders
  • to create culturally competent treatment services, and
  • to integrate psychiatric and addiction services into primary care.

Some of this research (through New York State's Outpatient Commitment Pilot Program) has also contributed to the development of statewide policies providing optimum community care for seriously ill psychiatric patients. Dr. Trujillo's efforts at Bellevue Hospital to enhance the cultural competence of the program and to address culturally mediated health disparities are numerous. Currently, Bellevue Hospital operates an array of culturally systemic inpatient and outpatient programs for Hispanics and Asians. Educationally, the Department is also participating in the development of policy for public mental health initiatives such as developing Multicultural Centers of Excellence, prevention of Latino suicide and others. Most recently, Dr. Trujillo has developed the New York University's Fellowship in Public Psychiatry and is developing other academic programs in Public and Global Psychiatry.


Hon. Sylvia Ssinabulya


Hon. Sylvia Ssinabulya is a member of Ugandan Parliament, and is the Publicity Secretary of the Parliamentary Forum on Population, Food, Security and Development, as well as a founding member of the network of African Women Ministers and Parliamentarians and coordinator of the Network's activities for central Uganda. Previously, Ms. Ssinabulya was a member of Mubende District Local Government in Uganda, serving as the Secretary of Education and Chairperson of the Mubende Non Formal Education Project. Ms. Ssinabulya received a Bachelor of Education from Makerere University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the Uganda Management Institute and a Masters in Public Health Leadership from Uganda Christian University. She has also received Certificates of Trainer of trainers for Women leaders by the Active Learning Centre/Glasgow Caledonia University and in Gender Budgeting by GTZ Nairobi Kenya. Ms. Ssinabulya's advocacy work focuses on the promotion of women's sexual and reproductive health rights both in Parliament and with a number of national and international organizations. In addition to lobbying for increased government funding for maternal health programs in Uganda, she has participated and made contributions in several international and African regional conferences on reproductive health, specifically those aimed at reducing maternal mortality in developing countries. Recently, Ms. Ssinabulya has been involved in researching and reviewing health providers practices in the provision of maternal healthcare services to adolescent mothers in Mityana District, Uganda.

 

Hratch Kaprielian

Mr. Kaprielian immigrated to the United States in 1971 where he pursued a career in the jewelry industry. Starting as a diamond setter, Mr. Kaprielian worked his way up to become a successful entrepreneur, with interests in businesses worldwide. These include Franck Muller USA, a lucrative watch business, an Icelandic horse breeding farm in Iceland, Kaprielian Enterprises, a jewelry manufacturing business in New York, Artsakhbank in Armenia, and numerous real estate developments. Mr. Kaprielian is also engaged in various philanthropic organizations including the Hovnanian School and Armenia Fund in New York, as well as countless charities in Armenia.

 

Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa

Throughout her university studies and thereafter, Ms. Nankabirwa has been a champion for women’s issues in Uganda.  Among numerous positions in this capacity, she served as Chairperson of the District Women’s Council , District Delegate to the National Women’s Council and Member of the Forum for Women In Democracy.  Ms. Nankabirwa served as representative for Kiboga District in the Constituent Assembly and, since 1996 to date, has held that distinguished seat in Parliament. Ms. Nankabirwa is also the current Minister of State for Microfinance.

A native Ugandan, Ms. Nankabirwa received her Bachelors Degree, as well as a Masters Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, from Makerere University.  


Did you know?

Women in developing countries are 300 times more likely to die than those in the industrialized world.

Source:UNICEF, 2010


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