Renata Schiavo, PhD, MA is a public health, global health, healthcare, social innovation, and health communication specialist with more than 20 years of experience in a variety of settings, including the United States and several countries in Europe, Latin America and Africa. She is Founding President of Health Equity Initiative, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to building and sustaining a global community that engages across sectors and disciplines to advance health equity. Dr. Schiavo is also Senior Lecturer, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Communication in Healthcare: Strategies, Media, and Engagement in Global Health; and Founder and Principal, Strategic Communication Resources, a global expert consultancy dedicated to fostering behavioral, social, and organizational change via social innovation and systems-changing strategies she founded in 2004. She was recognized as one of 300 Women Leaders in Global Health (2015) by an initiative of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.
Dr. Schiavo is the author of the internationally acclaimed book Health Communication: From Theory to Practice, now in its second edition, (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2013), and dozens of publications and reports on health and social issues. Dr. Schiavo has recognized international expertise on 20+ public health, global health, healthcare; and/or social development areas, and has been serving on scientific, expert, and review panels for leading organizations, including the World Health Organization, the National Institute of Health, and the American Public Health Association.
Dr. Schiavo’s professional interests focus on systems-changing strategies and lie at the intersection of strategic planning; social innovation; strategic health communication for behavioral, social and organizational change; multisectoral partnerships; health equity; community health; risk communication; and global health. Her recent work has focused on health equity/health disparities, maternal and child health, public health and humanitarian emergencies, epidemics and emerging diseases, chronic malnutrition, infant mortality prevention, global handwashing, immunization, childhood cancer, and malaria, among others.
Renata is an elected Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM); a member of NYAM Cultural Competence Working Group; a member of the Steering Committee of the American Public Health Association (APHA) PHEHP Health Communication Working Group; and a member of the APHA International Health section. Among her international affiliations, Dr. Schiavo is a member of the UNICEF Communication for Development (C4D) Global Web Roster; the World Health Organization’s Global Technical Network for Communication for Behavioral Impact (COMBI); and the Italian group Salute-‐Cura-‐Societa (SaCS – Health-‐ Cure-‐Society). Her recent consulting experience includes leading organizations such as the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP); New York University College of Dentistry; the Office of Minority Health Resource Center, HHS Office of Minority Health; the Rwanda Ministry of Health; Solving Kids’ Cancer; UNICEF; the World Bank, and the World Health Organization, among others.
Among past senior positions, Dr. Schiavo had the pleasure of serving as Associate Professor and Director, Community Health/COMHE, CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College; Executive Vice President, Cooney Waters Group; and Head, Corporate and Marketing Communications and Social Responsibility Programs, Rhodia Farma-Brazil (now Sanofi-Aventis). An experienced leader, Renata served as a 2007-‐2009 elected voting member of the APHA Governing Council, as well as on the boards of directors of several national and international organizations. She is a frequent speaker in both national and international settings, and is fluent in English, Italian, and Portuguese.
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