About Renata

Dr. Renata Schiavo, PhD, MA, CCL, is a global health, public health, health equity, healthcare, health communication, and social innovation specialist with 20+ years of experience.

Renata has made major contributions to advancing the public’s health. She is the author of the internationally acclaimed book, Health Communication: From Theory to Practice, now in its second edition, as well as 30+ publications and 125+ scientific presentations. Dr. Schiavo is Founding President, Board of Directors, Health Equity Initiative; Senior Lecturer, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; and Adjunct Associate Professor, Long Island University-Brooklyn. She writes and speaks on topics at the intersection of health equity, global health, medicine, healthcare, health systems, health and risk communication, social and behavioral change communication (SBCC), community engagement, multisectoral partnerships, social innovation, and international development.

As a researcher, advocate and practitioner, Renata 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 and medical areas, including infectious diseases, epidemics and emerging diseases, and has worked in multiple settings, such as the United States and several countries in Europe, Latin America, and Africa.

Dr. Schiavo served for 4 years as Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of Communication in Healthcare: Strategies, Media, and Engagement in Global Health, for which she is Editor Emerita, as well as for 3+ years on the advisory board of The Nation’s Health. Her consulting experience via Strategic Communication Resources, a global consulting practice she founded in 2004, includes leading organizations such as the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP); New York University College of Dentistry; the Office of Minority Health Resource Center, HHS Office of Minority Health; the Rwanda Ministry of Health; Solving Kids’ Cancer; UNICEF; the World Bank, and the World Health Organization.  Her capacity building and training experience includes staff members and officers from 350+ organizations.

Among her many honors, Renata is an elected voting Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine; was recognized as one 300 Women Leaders in Global Health by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (2015); and is the recipient of a 2016 Presidential Citation by the Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE).

Renata holds a PhD in Biological Sciences (Clinical Biology concentration) from the University of Naples (Italy); a M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from New York University; and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Child Life (CCL) from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). 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.

This speaker will be presenting at the following session(s)

  • How to develop successful awareness raising campaigns?  Harnessing the learning from civil society and other global initiatives

    Ballroom 3

    Day: 1 November

    Time: 15:30

    Chairs: Achim Kautz, Leberhilfe Projekt gUG and Dr. Sema Mandal, Public Health England


    • Beyond hepatitis – experiences to mobilize society.
    • Dr. Renata Schiavo, ‎Strategic Communication Resources, and Health Equity Initiative, and Columbia University
    • The power of data to drive advocacy.
    • Tara Farrell, World Hepatitis Alliance
    • Country case studies.
      Bangladesh: Dr. Mohammad Ali, National Liver Foundation of Bangladesh
      United States: Dr. Cynthia Jorgensen, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Q & A session.

    Session objectives:

    • Lessons learnt from global awareness strategies in other fields.
    • Lessons learnt from major hepatitis awareness strategies.
    • Identify key data needed to structure awareness strategies.
    • How a global awareness strategy can be used - based on local data - at a local level?