Renata Schiavo

Renata Schiavo, PhD, MA, CCL, is a global health practitioner and public health/social sciences academic who works at the intersection of public health, healthcare, health equity and the social and structural determinants of health, human rights, health and risk communication, DEI, social and behavior change (SBC), system-thinking, and social and behavior change communication (SBCC). She is a Senior Lecturer at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, the Founder and Board President of Health Equity Initiative, a member-driven nonprofit membership organization, and a Principal at Strategies for Equity and Communication Impact (SECI), a global consultancy. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Communication in Healthcare: Strategies, Media, and Engagement in Global Health, and serves on the editorial board of Health Equity. Dr. Schiavo is the author of Health Communication: From Theory to Practice (Jossey-Bass, an imprint of Wiley), now in its second edition, and 70+ publications and 175+ scientific presentations. She is a passionate advocate for health, racial, and social equity and a committed voice on the importance of addressing barriers that prevent people from leading healthy and productive lives. She is also a leading proponent and an established practitioner/researcher on the development of community-driven and multi-sectoral solutions and partnerships to address health, equity, human rights, and communication issues. She has been working in the United States, and several countries in Africa, Europe, Latin America, and Eastern Asia.