Renata Schiavo, PhD, MA, CCL is a public health, health communication, global health, healthcare, international development, and social innovation specialist with broad experience in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Africa. For over 20 years, Dr. Schiavo has worked at the interface of health equity, social and behavior change communication, health systems, community development, social enterprises, population health, and community, patient, and citizen engagement to improve health and social outcomes among different populations. She has significant expertise in strategy design/strategic planning; policy/advocacy; interpersonal health communication; communication for behavioral, social, and organizational change; risk communication; program development, direction, and evaluation; and research design and implementation. Dr. Schiavo is the author of the internationally acclaimed book, Health Communication: From Theory to Practice, now in its second edition, as well as 35+ publications and 125+ scientific presentations. In addition to her academic and research expertise, Dr. Schiavo brings to her courses and interactions with students her experience as a public health and healthcare practitioner and entrepreneur as well as her passion for making a difference in people's lives and addressing health disparities. Currently, Dr. Schiavo is Founding President, Board of Directors, of Health Equity Initiative, a member-driven nonprofit membership organization dedicated to building and sustaining a global community that engages across sectors and disciplines to advance health equity. She is also Editor Emerita and Immediate Past Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of Communication in Healthcare: Strategies, Media, and Engagement in Global Health (Taylor & Francis); and Principal, Strategic Communication Resources, a global expert consultancy she established in 2004. 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. She has experience in 20+ health, medical, social, and communication areas. Her recent work has focused on health disparities; maternal, newborn, infant and child health; epidemics and emerging diseases; capacity building and training; urban health; chronic malnutrition; cultural competence; continuing medical education (CME)/continuing education (CE); population health; program evaluation; and health systems strengthening, among others. Her capacity building and training experience includes leaders and professionals from 350+ organizations. Dr. Schiavo has served on advisory/expert panels for the World Health Organization, U.S. National Institute of Health, the International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent, UNICEF, and the American Public Health Association. Her work has been supported by the Office of Minority Health Resource Center, HHS Office of Minority Health; UNICEF; the World Health Organization, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among others. She has published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including Pathogens and Global Health; Journal of Communication in Healthcare: Strategies, Media, and Engagement in Global Health; Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice; Journal of Medical Marketing; and Cases in Public Health Communication and Marketing. Her 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 (now Sanofi Aventis), Brazil. Dr. Schiavo is fluent in English, Italian, and Portuguese, and can read and understand Spanish and French.
Faculty, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
Senior Advisor/Consultant, Communication Planning, Region 2 Public Health Training Center
Editor Emerita and Immediate Past Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Communication in Healthcare: Strategies, Media, and Engagement in Global Health
Member, Editorial Board, Health Equity
Member, Editorial Board, Cases in Public Health Communication and Marketing
American Public Health Association (APHA), Global Public Health Film Festival, Co-Chair, Featured Sessions
American Public Health Association (APHA), Member 2004-present
UNICEF Communication for Development (C4D) Global Web Roster, Member
World Health Organization's Global Technical Network for Communication for Behavioral Impact (COMBI), Member
Italian group Salute-Cura-Societa (SaCS-Health-Cure-Society), Member
Honors & Awards
2016 Presidential Citation, Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
Recognized as one of 300 Women Leaders in Global Health by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (2015)
Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine, 2014-present
Areas of Expertise
Risk Assessment and Communication, Child Health and Development, Infant Mortality, Community Programs and Outreach, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Family and Community Structure, Health Worker Education, Physician Education, Public Health Education, Public Health Leadership and Management, Nutrition, Global Health, Health Systems Strengthening, Emerging Infections, Epidemics
Schiavo, R., and Smith, K. Advancing Health Equity: Population Health and the Role of Multisectoral Collaborations. (2017) In: Bialek, R., Beitsch, and Moran, J. Solving Population Health Issues through Collaboration. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group.
Schiavo, R. (2016) Training the next generation of global health communication professionals: Opportunities and challenges. Journal of Communication in Healthcare: Strategies, Media, and Engagement in Global Health. 9:4, 233-237
Schiavo, R., Hilyard K.M, and Skinner, E.C. (2016) Community-Based Risk Communication in Epidemics and Emerging Disease Settings. In R. S. Zimmerman, R. J. DiClemente, J. K. Andrus, E. Hosein & Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE) (Eds.), Introduction to global health promotion. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, an imprint of Wiley
Schiavo, R., Estrada-Portales, I., Hoeppner, E., Ormazza, D., and Ramesh, R. (2016) Building Community-Campus Partnerships to Prevent Infant Mortality: Lessons Learned from Building Capacity in Four U.S. Cities. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, Vol. 9: Iss. 3, Article 5. Available at: http://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/jhdrp/vol9/iss3/5
Schiavo, R., Padgaonkar, D., Cooney, L., Reyes, C.C. and Health Equity Initiative. (2016). Implementing Systems-Level Change for Health Equity: A Partnership Summit. Summit Report and Proceedings. New York, NY: Health Equity Initiative. May 2016. Retrieved May 2016: http://www.healthequityinitiative.org/hei/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/HEI-2016-Summit-Report-Final.pdf
Schiavo, R. Advancing the Field of Health Communication. Journal of Communication in Healthcare: Strategies, Media, and Engagement in Global Health. 2015, 8:1, 1-2
Schiavo, R. Risk Communication: Ebola and Beyond. Journal of Communication in Healthcare: Strategies, Media, and Engagement in Global Health. 2014, 7:4, 239-241
Schiavo, R., Leung, M.M., and Brown, M.. Communicating Risk and Promoting Disease Mitigation Measures in Epidemics and Emerging Disease Settings. Pathogens and Global Health. 2014, 108:2, 76-94.
Schiavo, R. Health Communication: From Theory to Practice. Second Edition, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, November, 2013.
Schiavo, R., Gonzalez-Flores, M., Ramesh, R., and Estrada-Portales, I. (2011) Taking the Pulse of Progress toward Preconception Health: Preliminary Assessment of A National OMH Program for Infant Mortality Prevention. Journal of Communication in Healthcare, 4:2; 106-117.