Renata Schiavo

Renata Schiavo

Renata Schiavo

Senior Lecturer
Sociomedical Sciences


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Renata Schiavo, PhD, MA is a public health, health communication, 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, Dr. Schiavo has worked at the interface of health equity, health systems, community health, community and patient engagement, strategy design, international development, social marketing, risk communication, and cross-cultural communication for behavioral, social and organizational change to improve health and social outcomes among different populations. 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 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, and Principal, Strategic Communication Resources, a global expert consultancy she established in 2004. Dr. Schiavo was recognized as one of 300 Women Leaders in Global Health by an initiative of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and is an elected Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM). In addition to her academic and research expertise, Dr. Schiavo brings to her courses and interactions with students her extensive experience as a public health and healthcare practitioner and entrepreneur as well as her passion for making a difference in people's health and lives and addressing health disparities. Dr. Schiavo is a leading proponent of a community-driven and participatory planning approach to health, equity, and social issues; health communication; and intervention design. She has designed and published a model for effectively integrating multisectoral partnership development with intervention design, which was implemented in capacity building efforts for health communication and/or public health interventions in the fields of infant mortality prevention, global handwashing, and health equity, among others. Her professional interests focus on systems-changing strategies and are at the intersection of health/risk communication, health equity, global health, healthcare, and multi-sectoral partnerships. Her recent work has focused on health disparities; maternal, newborn, infant and child health; epidemics and emerging diseases; capacity building and training; urban health; and health systems strenghtening, among others. An accomplished leader and well-published author, 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, 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 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 public health and healthcare 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 very diverse background includes past academic positions a 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 an



PhD, , University of Naples, Italy
MA, , New York University

Mailman Affiliations

Faculty, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion

Editorial Boards

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

Other Affiliations

Member, Steering Committee, and Past Chair (2008-2009),American Public Health Association (APHA) PHEPH Health Communication Working Group (HCWG)
Co-Chair, Special Sessions, APHA Global Public Health Film Festival
Member, APHA International Health Section
Member, 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).

Areas of Expertise

Risk Assessment and Communication, Community Programs and Outreach, Community-Based Healthcare, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Social Factors in Health, Underserved Populations, Health Worker Education, Life-course Approach to Prevention, Public Health Education, Public Health Leadership and Management, Nutrition, Global Health, Health Systems Strengthening, Emerging Infections, Epidemics, Birth Outcomes, Maternal Health

Select Publications

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:
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:
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.

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