The Kirby Institute
Level 6 Seminar Room
Wallace Wurth Building
Sydney NSW 2052
The Kirby Institute is pleased to present:
Dr Richard Elovich
"When interventions that should work, don’t work: Central Asia, HIV and lessons for effective harm reduction."
Tuesday 6th October 2015
Seminar: 1pm - 2pm
Lunch will be served at 12.30pm
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for catering purposes.
Richard Elovich Ph.D., MPH, is an internationally recognized specialist on HIV/AIDS and substance use, with an emphasis on harm reduction and innovative and low-threshold treatment services for at risk populations. In New York, he was Director of HIV Prevention programs for Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the oldest and largest non-governmental AIDS organization in the U.S., and the founder of a Substance Use Counselling and Education program. He is an experienced advocate and grant maker, having been appointed to the Mayor’s HIV Planning Council of New York City, and chairing its substance abuse services work group from 1991-1996. Dr Elovich was also an organizer of underground needle exchange programs in New York City and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Since 2003, Dr Elovich has worked as a consultant on HIV/AIDS and drug use issues throughout the former Soviet Union, and in Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia and Mexico. He has assisted UN agencies, overseas development assistance programs and international non-governmental organizations in program design and implementation, staff training and evaluation. He has been a research scientist at Columbia University's Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE), a full-time instructor in the Urban Public Health program at Hunter College’s School of Health Sciences, City University of New York and a guest instructor at numerous universities, including Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. His PhD dissertation on narcology, a subdiscipline of Soviet psychiatry, was awarded the Marisa De Castro Benton Prize by Columbia University for outstanding contribution to the sociomedical sciences.