Organisation: 1) Strategic Communication Resources: 2) Health Equity Initiative; 3) Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; 4) Journal of Communication in Healthcare: Strategies, Media and Engagement in Global Health
Renata Schiavo, PhD, MA, Founder and Principal of Strategic Communication Resources, is a public health, healthcare, global health, and social innovation specialist with experience in a variety of settings, including the United States and several countries in Europe, Latin America and Africa. For over 20 years, she has worked at the interface of health systems, health equity, community health, international development, community and patient engagement, strategy design, risk communication, and communication for behavioral, social and organizational change to improve health and social outcomes among different populations.
Currently, she is also Founding President, Board of Directors, of Health Equity Initiative (HEI), a nonprofit membership and member-driven organization dedicated to building and sustaining a global community that engages across sectors and disciplines to advance health equity. Renata is a Senior Lecturer at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, where her courses focus on topics at the intersection of society, health equity and communication; and also the Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of Communication in Healthcare: Strategies, Media, and Engagement in Global Health, which is published by Taylor & Francis. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Long Island University-Brooklyn, where she teaches a bi-annual graduate course on global health.
Her work at Strategic Communication Resources has been focusing on building capacity on different strategic approaches to health and social issues, strategic counsel, qualitative research and review studies, participatory planning and human-centered design, and intervention design and/or evaluation as related to many health and social topics, including child health disparities, healthcare systems, cultural competence, infant mortality prevention, health disparities/health equity, chronic malnutrition, immunization, oral health, immigrant health, epidemics and emerging diseases, and global handwashing. Her consulting experience includes leading organizations such as the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP); the Ministry of Health of Rwanda; New York University College of Dentistry; the Office of Minority Health Resource Center, HHS Office of Minority Health; Solving Kids’ Cancer; UNICEF; the World Bank; and the World Health Organization. Spanning over 15+ years, her capacity building and training experience via her different affiliations includes hundreds of participants from 350+ U.S. and international organizations.
An accomplished leader and well-published author, Renata has served on advisory/expert panels for the World Health Organization, the U.S. National Institute of Health, the International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent, and the American Public Health Association. She is the author of the internationally acclaimed book, Health Communication: From Theory to Practice, (San Francisco: Jossey Bass), now in its second edition, and 30+ publications in the public health, healthcare, health communication, and global health fields. Her very diverse background includes past academic positions at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College and New York University; Executive Vice President, Cooney Waters Group; and Head, Corporate and Marketing Communications and Social Responsibility Programs, Rhodia Farma-Brazil (now Sanofi-Aventis).
Throughout her career, Renata has designed and led numerous consensus-driven processes and multisectoral interventions for behavioral, social, and organizational change. She brings to her work her in-depth understanding of multiple sectors, systems, and players; her extensive experience as a public health and healthcare practitioner and entrepreneur; and, most important, her passion for and dedication to making a difference in people's health and lives and addressing health disparities. She is a leading proponent of a community-driven and participatory planning approach to health, equity, and social issues, as well as intervention design and health communication planning. Dr. Schiavo has designed and published a model for effectively integrating partnerships and action plans, which has been implemented in participatory capacity building efforts for public health and/or communication interventions in the fields of infant mortality prevention, global handwashing, and health equity, among others.
A frequent speaker in a variety of U.S. and international settings, Renata is fluent in English, Italian, and Portuguese, and can read and understand Spanish and French. She was recognized as one of 300 Women Leaders in Global Health (2015), and is an elected Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. For a full bio, visit www.renataschiavo.com
For information on Strategic Communication Resources work, experience and more visit: http://www.strategiccommunicationresources.com/
For information on Health Equity Initiative, go to: http://www.healthequityinitiative.org/
To learn more about the Journal of Communication in Healthcare: Strategies, Media and Engagement in Global Health: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/ycih20