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Columbia: Dr. Renata Schiavo Named to Steering Committee of RWJF Annual Conference

Dr. Renata Schiavo, senior lecturer of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, was designated a member of the national steering committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2020 Annual Conference, “Sharing Knowledge to Build a Culture of Health” to be held March 4-6. The steering committee is a panel of experts tasked with providing advice on agenda development and shaping conference sessions.

For over 20 years, Dr. Schiavo has worked to improve health and social outcomes among different populations. She is the author of the book, “Health Communication: From Theory to Practice,” as well as 35+ publications and 135+ scientific presentations. Dr. Schiavo serves as founder and president on the Board of Directors of Health Equity Initiative, a member-driven organization dedicated to advancing health equity. She is the incoming (and returning) editor-in-chief of the Journal of Communication in Healthcare: Strategies, Media, and Engagement in Global Health; a principal at Strategic Communication Resources, a global expert consultancy; and serves on the editorial board of Health Equity.

As a researcher, advocate and practitioner, Dr. Schiavo is interested in community- and system-driven multisectoral models, partnerships, and interventions to address health, equity, and social issues. Dr. Schiavo has served on advisory/expert panels for the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent, UNICEF, and the American Public Health Association (APHA), and has published in leading peer-reviewed journals.

Last month, Dr. Schiavo also delivered the keynote talk at the international conference on “Health Communication: Principles, Practices, Agendas, and Challenges” organized by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Brasilia, Brazil.

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