Kate Tulenko

Chief Executive Officer, Corvus Health

Dr. Kate Tulenko is the founder and CEO of Corvus Health, social enterprise with the mission to solve the global health worker shortage. Corvus Health is an end-to-end health workforce services provider, including planning, recruitment, staffing, locums, training, quality improvement, HR management, health professional school management, telepathology, and consulting. Dr. Tulenko is a globally recognized expert in health workforce and health systems strengthening.

Prior to founding Corvus Health, Dr. Tulenko served as the Vice President of Health Systems Innovation for IntraHealth International, a global non-profit organization and top fifteen recipient of USAID global health funds. Dr. Tulenko developed IntraHealth’s new private sector initiative; was pivotal in the development of tools to improve health worker productivity and retention; designed the first Social Impact Bond to prevent health worker student dropout; and obtained IntraHealth’s status as NGO in Official Relations with the WHO. She co-led the WHO study forecasting a 18 million health worker shortage to meet the SGDs and achieve Universal Health Coverage. At IntraHealth she also served as Director of CapacityPlus, the US government’s $60 million flagship global health workforce program. She performed a turnaround of the project and demonstrated a savings of hundreds of millions of dollars to the countries with which the project worked. While at IntraHealth, Dr. Tulenko oversaw the digital health team which developed iHRIS (the most widely used open source workforce database which has saved governments more than half a billion dollars in proprietary software fees), mHero (a mobile phone support application for community health workers used in the West Africa Ebola response), systems for rapid hiring of health workers, and mobile phone interactive voice response training for health workers.

Dr. Tulenko previously coordinated the World Bank’s Africa Health Workforce Program and has served on expert panels for the American Hospital Association, World Health Organization, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Aspen Institute. Her most recent book “Insourced” identifies the links between the US and global health worker shortage and offers affordable solutions. Dr. Tulenko has had articles or reviews in the New York Times, Salon.com, Foreign Policy, and the Huffington Post, and serves as an occasional global health commentator for the Chinese Global Television Network (CGTN).

Dr. Tulenko has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Harvard University; a master’s degree in the history and philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge; an MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; and a master’s of public health degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She serves on the Advisory Boards of Children’s Heartlink, the Global Business School Network, and the Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh Health Trust and has received a Rainer Arnhold Fellowship for innovation in global development. Dr. Tulenko was named one of “300 Women Leaders in Global Health” by the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Dr. Tulenko is an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and has taught on a wide variety of subjects including health system management and health economics. She is a practicing pediatric hospitalist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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