Ambassador Dr. Sima Karetnaya came to the United States from Ukraine 25 years ago. She originally had an educational background as a cardiopulmonary surgical nurse. She is a United States Ambassador of Health and Global Peace in the world’s Global Peace Chain, Certified Member of Medical Expert Committee at the WHO, USA Representing Public Health Expert at the International Society of Health Education, International Consultant at the International Organization of Local Government that is accredited with the United Nations, and President at the Public Health Advisory of the Borough of Brooklyn. She had received the New York State Assembly Certificate of Merit in 2017 for having assisted in organizing a child talent concert consisting of various ethnic dances and songs. During the winter of 2018, Amb. Dr. Karetnaya participated in the New York State Assembly and New York State Senate sessions in the NYS Capital at Albany, NY to vote on the historic Child Victims Act bill. This bill involved major justice reforms concerning children who suffered and still suffer sexual and other forms of abuse and it received a majority vote. Immediately following that, she was invited to attend the signing of this bill into law by then NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo.
In Fall 2019, she received the VIP Latinos Award in Washington, D.C. as the USA Latino Community Advocate. She launched the opening of the American Jewish Coalition at the Brooklyn Borough Hall in November 2019 and earned the proclamation from the Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams to host its celebration annually. At that event, she also earned a citation for her accomplishments and major impact on Brooklyn and New York City. In February 2021, she assisted the My Way Child Youth Development Center in organizing the virtual marathon entitled “The Path to Kindness” which involved a video collage of accomplished people from all over the world to join in celebrating the International Random Acts of Kindness Day by sharing their thoughts on kindness and the significance of the development of the talents of our youth. In March 2021, Amb. Dr. Karetnaya participated in an Italian-American humanitarian project entitled “Our World Needs Love” organized by a famous Italian composer, producer and singer Rosario Drago and partnered with the Children’s Cancer Society for the purpose of conveying the message that our world needs warmth, love, care and intervention.
She organized, co-organized and assisted in mask and food distributions with the Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, as well as organizations and leaders of different communities in various neighborhoods across New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic. She instructed and still instructs COVID-19 patients and/or their families on intervention measures of the disease at home without seeking hospital care. She is the author of implemented and pending initiatives pertaining to vaccination, testing and other processes related to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as to the re-establishment of global public health systems to prevent future public health emergencies. She was honored to be named Brooklyn COVID Hero twice in November 2020 by the Brooklyn Borough Hall. Amb. Dr. Karetnaya attended the first International Conference on Innovations in Healthcare in Egypt where she spoke about a medical innovation of her own – invention of minimally invasive, safe and convenient COVID-19 vaccine for children. The conference was organized by and at the University of Alexandria, Egypt and hosted professors, doctors and scientists from all over the world.
In 2021, Amb. Dr. Karetnaya was inducted into the World Book of Records London as International COVID Hero Title Holder and received several Honorary Doctorate Degrees, among which is an Honorary Doctorate from the United Nations International Diplomatic Organization. On July 25, 2021, after long term careful consideration and vetting of her medical knowledge, experience and innovatory tendencies, she was conferred upon receiving the Honorary Ph.D. Degree from Dr. Tony Javaid, Chancellor of the Royal American University in Washington D.C., United States of America, with national and international recognition. Most recently, in December of 2021, Amb. Dr. Karetnaya was honored to receive:
the Lifetime Achievement Award from US President Joseph R. Biden, which is the highest civil award in the country bestowed upon an individual
The Global Peace and Sustainability Award from Witty Gossip Association (India)
The Interfaith Leadership Award from the World Yoga Community (UN -New York, USA)
The Legend in Leadership Award from the Worldwide Leaders Association and Ladies of All Nations International
The Global Award for Influential Women from the Institute of Global Professionals
In February of 2022, Amb. Dr. Karetnaya received her Post Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Research Data Management from the Harvard University’s Medical School. Currently, she actively organizes relief initiatives to support the people in Ukraine, as well as to assist incoming refugees to the United States. The start of her Ukraine Relief Campaign was marked on March 8th, 2022 – International Women’s Day – by a collection drive of clothes and medical necessities, which she organized in partnership with the high profile New York State Assembly woman Mathylde.
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