Author Archives: Dr. Kate Tulenko

About Dr. Kate Tulenko

Dr. Kate Tulenko is a physician, health policy specialist, and Senior Director for Health Systems Innovation at IntraHealth Internatonal. She is the former coordinator of the World Bank’s Africa Health Workforce Program and recently served as team lead on Health Workforce Shortage for the “Reinventing Primary Care Project” for the Hope Street Group, a bipartisan coalition of business, civic and policy leaders. Dr. Tulenko serves on the board of the National Physicians Alliance and on the board of advisors for the Global Business School Network and in 2002 she received a Rainer Arnhold Fellowship for innovation in global development. She is a practicing pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Tulenko has degrees from Harvard; Johns Hopkins; and Emmanuel College, Cambridge and holds adjunct faculty positions at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the George Mason School of Health and Human Services. Her book, "Insourced: How Importing Jobs Impacts the Healthcare Crisis Here and Abroad", addresses how the U.S. is underinvesting in training young Americans to be health workers and instead imports doctors and nurses from poor countries with extreme health worker shortages. Opinions expressed in "Insourced" represent those of Dr. Tulenko alone and do not represent opinions or policies of any of her current or past employers. Dr. Tulenko grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia and Gainesville, Florida. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and two daughters with whom she enjoys exploring the beauty of art and nature. Follow Dr. Tulenko on twitter at ktulenko.

Innovative Highschool Nursing Program

This innovative highschool program enables students to graduate from high school with an Associate’s Degree in nursing.  We need more programs like this to address the health worker shortage and reduce student debt:  http://www.valleycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=1150089#.VLk5ZyvF98E Advertisements

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Concerned About Jobs in Your Community? What You Can Do To Help

Did you know that with nearly 9% unemployment we are importing tens of thousands of foreign born and foreign trained doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health workers every year rather than training Americans to do these jobs.  Roughly 1.5 million … Continue reading

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Atlantic Wire Lists “America’s Health Worker Mismatch” as “Five Best Friday Column”

Atlantic Wire, the online edition of The Atlantic has listed my NYT Op-Ed piece as one of its “Five Best Friday Columns”:  http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2012/09/five-best-friday-columns/56866/

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My New York Times Op-Ed Piece on Health Labor Markets

I have an Op-Ed piece on health labor markets and the state of US health professional schools on page A23 of today’s New York Times.  It’s also available online here.

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Webinar on Innovative Financing of Health Professional Schools

In collaboration with the Maternal and Child Health Improvement Project (MCHIP) and the Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery, I’ll be presenting a webinar on Innovative Financing of Health Professional Schools. re a global deficit of over 4 million health workers and in order … Continue reading

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Labor Day Special: “Insourced” Featured on IntraHealth’s Website

In order to draw attention to the labor implications of the insourcing of foreign trained health workers, IntraHealth International has featured an article on “Insourced” on its website.  Foreign trained health workers are more likely to accept lower wages and unsafe working conditions (including … Continue reading

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Migrant Labor is Exploited in the US

NPR’s “On Point” program has done a great piece on exploited foreign labor in the US.  The   discussion mainly focused on agricultural and blue collar jobs, but the same situation applies to foreign trained health workers, especially  nurses and … Continue reading

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