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Daniel Winetsky

I graduated from Oberlin College in 2004 with a BA in neuroscience, but with lively interests in Russian culture and language, political activism and public health. I had the opportunity to bring these interests together as a volunteer in Samara, Russia with the U.S.–Russia Volunteer Initiative. While there, I taught Russian youth about HIV basics and advocated among healthcare professionals and business leaders for a larger response to what is currently the fastest growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the world. I was fascinated by the unique historical circumstances setting Russian AIDS activists off in a mad dash to establish the social infrastructure needed to prepare for the virus.

Upon returning to the states, I began working as an HIV case manager in the Bronx, NY. This turned out to be serendipitous, as Population Services International (PSI), the non-governmental organization (NGO) with whom I worked in Samara, is now developing case management programs for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in Russia, and is finding indigenous Russian case management experience in short supply.

I am excited to bring my experience working with PLWHA in the Bronx to Samara’s case management program, and to continue working as a peer educator and advocate. I will also be studying the interactions that NGOs such as PSI have both with communities affected by HIV/AIDS and with those making policy decisions that impinge upon affected communities.

The Fulbright Program in Russia. Institute of International Education.
Tverskoy Bul'var 14, building 1, 4th floor, Moscow, Russia 125009.
Tel: +7(495) 935-8353, Fax: +7(495) 937-5418. Contact: info@fulbright.ru