Dr. Elena Novichkova is the Director of the USAID HCI/ASSIST Project in Ukraine, and leads the quality improvement work in Ukraine which focuses on decreasing alcohol and tobacco consumption among pregnant women. Dr. Novichkova is a graduate of the Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy (MMA), and has close to 20 years of experience in the health care sector. She worked as a general practitioner for 12 years, and has taught at the Family Medicine Department of the Postgraduate Professional Education Faculty at MMA as an assistant professor since 2001, while being in charge of the Evidence-Based Medicine Center.
Dr. Novichkova has been active in international public health since 1997: she served as an international expert in EU, WHO and USAID Projects related to primary and secondary health care reform. She was a member of the development team of the international working group engaged in the drafting process for a standard on postgraduate professional training in General Medical Practice (family medicine) in the Russian Federation and served as a temporary expert in evidence-based medicine at the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Dr. Novichkova joined URC to lead the USAID HCI Project in 2012.