Donald R. Houston, PhD, DPH, IDT
Proud father of 2, Tara & Sean, both over-achievers & both great kids!
A widower for 5+ years now over the grief but never over the love. Currently just living his life as it comes & learning daily.
Public Health Consultant, Medical Anthropologist & grant-writer/fund-raiser, working almost entirely in the former Soviet Union since 1988. Went to the Republic of Kazakhstan of the Soviet as the guest of the Ministry of Health. Accepted a contract to assist them with the development of their Institute of Cultural Medicine. It was from this initial contact that my work began in the former Soviet Union.
During the time between November 1988 & July 2004, consulted for various organizations, agencies & governments including: Ministries of Health for Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Armenia, Czech Republic, Republic of Georgia, Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, & Slovakia; "Kyiv Fund Diabet", "Fund Dopomoga of Ukraine", "Odessa Fund Diabet", "Chernobyl Union International", "Chernobyl Veterans Federation", "Ukrainian Military War Veterans Agency", National Institute of Cultural Medicine of Ukraine, Institute of Traditional & Natural Medicine of Kazakhstan, Institute of Natural Medicine of Ukraine, Institute of Traditional Medicine of Hungary, Institute of Traditional & Natural Medicine of Uzbekistan, Trans-Ural Institute of Medicine, and other agencies.
I have authored, collaborated upon & worked upon more than 400 grant proposals, the majority of which were successful in securing funding for many projects in the countries named above. In addition I worked with Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey on several joint-projects. I has also worked with the German corporation Jupiter GmBh as well.
In 1997 we founded Overseas Medical Aid Group (OMAG), a 501c3 Non-profit, humanitarian medical/health assistance group. This group devoted its work to providing assistance, guidance, leadership, training and much more to the medical and health-care community of the former Soviet Union as well as other nations of the world. Consulting in the areas of feasibility studies, project dynamics, project planning & implementation, staffing, training, procurement, construction consulting and much more. This organization now based in Hamburg, Germany.
I was involved in the 1995-96 production of "CHERNOBYL: 10 YEAR AFTERMATH", a 1-hour film produced jointly by Time-Warner Video productions & Chernobyl Union International. I was one of the narrators as well as the lead in organizing the production of this historic film. This work was shown worldwide in April 1996 during the 10 Year Anniversary of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster. I was awarded the prestigious Ukrainian Chernobyl Veterans Award for his work with this effort. I was instrumental in organizing the orthotics & prosthetics assistance program for the Ukrainian Afghan War Veterans.
Viet Nam was a catalyst for me. I came home after 3 1/2 tours, motivated to get into the realm of medicine but not as a physician. I studied long & hard in several countries to obtain my Master & Doctoral degrees in medical anthropology & public health. My professional life was often been one of travel to remote, dangerous and some very unusual places in the world.
I am an avid cook, collector of recipes & runs several Internet-based cooking/cuisine groups & forums. He has a collection more than 90,000+ recipes in his computer collected from all over the world, from friends & from various cookbooks or other printed media. In the "old" days of the bulletin board "freenets" I was an avid BBS'r with memberships in many cooking groups. When the Internet came along I continued this activity. I also run many groups devoted to global cuisines, diabetic cuisines & some regional or cultural cuisines in various Net communities.
Hobbies & interests besides cooking include photography, camping, kayaking, canoing, fishing, snorkleling, Celtic music, blues, new age music, classical, neo-classical & ethnic music of various cultures. Collecting Russian Palekh & Fedovskina lacquer-ware is a interest as well.