• Clinical Associate Professor, Global Health
  • Global Coordinator, USI Partnership Project
  • Executive Director, Iodine Global Network
  • Executive Director, Sajilo Solutions International
Jonathan Gorstein

Global Center for for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents and Children (Global WACh)
Department of Global Health, University of Washington
325 Ninth Avenue, 13th floor, Box 359931
Seattle, WA 98104
United States

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Biography 

Jonathan Gorstein has been working to support the design and implementation of large-scale nutrition programs in developing countries for over twenty five years with a focus on strengthening capacity and monitoring and evaluation. He serves on global task forces for the World Health Organization and International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders/Global Network. He has worked with international agencies (WHO, UNICEF, World Bank), International NGO’s (Helen Keller International, PATH, Micronutrient Initiative, GAIN) and as a Consultant to several Ministries of Health. He has worked extensively in Nepal and Indonesia, providing support to their national nutrition programs, developing curricula in nutrition and carrying out operational research. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, and serves as the global coordinator for a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant to support national efforts to achieve optimal iodine nutrition in sixteen countries, which is being jointly implemented by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and UNICEF. He is the Executive Director of the Iodine Global Network has also been supporting the Nepal National Planning Commission in the design of a comprehensive M&E system for the Nepal Multi-Sector Nutrition Program, in close collaboration with UNICEF, the World Bank and other key partners.

Education 
  • PhD (University of Michigan)
  • BA (Evergreen State College)
Languages 
  • French
  • Indonesian
Health Topics 
  • Burden of Disease
  • Health Systems Strengthening and Human Resources
  • Metrics and Evaluation
  • Nutrition, Clean Water, and Food Security
Affiliated Organizations 
  • Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents and Children (Global WACh)
  • Global Health Resource Center (GHRC)
  • Health Alliance International (HAI)
  • PhD in Global Health: Metrics & Implementation Science
Expertise 

Nutritional epidemiology, international health

Publications 

Gorstein, J., Sullivan, K., Gerasimov, G., Houston, R. “Goiter Assessment: helpful or a hindrance in tracking progress in Iodine Deficiency Disorders Control program”. Thyroid (2001) 11(121).

Gorstein J, Bhaskaram P, Khanum S, Hossaini R, Balakrishna N, Goodman TS, deBenoist B, Krishnaswamy K. Safety and impact of vitamin A supplementation delivered with oral polio vaccine as part of the immunization campaign in Orissa, India. Food and Nutrition Bulletin (2003) 24(4):319-31.

Gorstein J, Shreshtra RK, Pandey S, Adhikari RK, Pradhan A. Current status of vitamin A deficiency and the National Vitamin A Control Program in Nepal: results of the 1998 National Micronutrient Status Survey. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2003) 12(1):96-103.

Gorstein, J. Dary, O, Pongtorn, Shell-Duncan, B. Quick, T. and Wasanwisut, E. Feasibility of using retinol-binding protein from capillary blood specimens to estimate serum retinol concentrations and the prevalence of vitamin A deficiency in low-resource settings. Public Health Nutrition (2008) May;11(5):513-20.

Hagopian A, Spigner C, Gorstein J, Mercer MA, Pfeiffer J, Frey S, Benjamin L, Gloyd S. Developing competencies for a graduate school curriculum in international health. Public Health Reports (2008) May-Jun;123(3):408-14.

Li S, Zheng Q, Xu J, Gorstein J, Wang H, Dong H. Iodine excess or not: analysis on the necessity of reducing the iodine content in edible salt based on the national monitoring results. Asian Pacific Journal  of Clin Nutr (2011) 20(4):501-6

Kounnavong, S., Pak-Gorstein, S., Akkhavong, K., Palaniappan, U, Berdaga. V., Conkle. J and Jonathan Gorstein.   Key Determinants of Optimal Breastfeeding Practices in Laos.  Food and Nutrition Sciences (2013).


Gorstein, J. Dary, O, Pongtorn, Shell-Duncan, B. Quick, T. and Wasanwisut, E. Feasibility of using retinol-binding protein from capillary blood specimens to estimate serum retinol concentrations and the prevalence of vitamin A deficiency in low-resource settings. Public Health Nutrition (2008) May;11(5):513-20.

Hagopian A, Spigner C, Gorstein J, Mercer MA, Pfeiffer J, Frey S, Benjamin L, Gloyd S. Developing competencies for a graduate school curriculum in international health. Public Health Reports (2008) May-Jun;123(3):408-14.

Li S, Zheng Q, Xu J, Gorstein J, Wang H, Dong H. Iodine excess or not: analysis on the necessity of reducing the iodine content in edible salt based on the national monitoring results. Asian Pacific Journal  of Clin Nutr (2011) 20(4):501-6

Kounnavong, S., Pak-Gorstein, S., Akkhavong, K., Palaniappan, U, Berdaga. V., Conkle. J and Jonathan Gorstein. Key Determinants of Optimal Breastfeeding Practices in Laos.  Food and Nutrition Sciences (2013).