Rachel Turkel

Rachel Turkel (she/her) joined Columbia Health in 2023. Prior to joining Columbia, she worked for several global health non-profit organizations, which included work in mental health, malaria prevention, and digital health technologies. Rachel earned her Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, with a focus on Social and Behavioral Interventions.

Rachel’s professional interests include behavior change communications, health systems, bioethics, and cultural competency. She is passionate about the need for continuous quality improvement in healthcare settings to provide recipients with quality care.


  • M.S.P.H., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • B.A., Bowdoin College

Professional Experience:

  • Crisis Text Line
  • PATH
  • Unite For Sight

Published Articles:

  • Burton R, Chévez J, Sauerbrey M, Guinovart C, Hartley A, Kirkwood G, Boslego M, Gavidia M, Escobar J, Turkel R, Steketee R, Slutsker L, Schneider K, Campbell C. “Factors Associated with the Rapid and Durable Decline in Malaria Incidence in El Salvador, 1980–2017.” The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, vol. 99, no. 1, 2018, pp.33–42., doi:10.4269/ajtmh.17-0629.
  • Caldas S, Turkel R, Nelson A, Pandey S, Wu Y, Broaddus E, Beebe M, Rivera G, Winch P. “‘All of That’s Gone Now’: The Failure to Sustain Police-Youth Programmes in Baltimore City.” The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, vol. 91, no. 2, 2017, pp. 150–172., doi:10.1177/0032258x17694373.

Languages Spoken:

  • English