Joannie Marlene BEWA is a physician, and an international expert in public health from Benin Republic. She is currently enrolled as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of South Florida College of Public Health, specializing in public maternal and child health.
Dr. Chenneville is Professor and Chair of Psychology at the University of South Florida (USF) St. Petersburg. She holds a Joint Appointment in the USF Department of Pediatrics where she serves as a Behavioral Health Consultant for the Pediatric and Adolescent Infectious Disease Program. Dr. Chenneville's primary program of research is in the area pediatric HIV with a focus on the psychosocial issues affecting children and youth with perinatally and behaviorally acquired HIV. Historically, Dr. Chenneville prioritized issues of law, policy, and ethics with a particular emphasis on the decisional capacity of children with HIV to participate in treatment and research along with global research ethics. She continues with these lines of research but, more recently, also has been engaged in community-based participatory research on HIV-related stigma among youth. Because HIV is a global disease, Dr. Chenneville is interested in cross-cultural research. She has worked in India and currently is working Kenya. Dr. Chenneville has contributed significantly to the literature with a multitude of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She recently published an edited book with Springer Publishing, A Clinical Guide to Pediatric HIV: Bridging the Gaps Between Research and Practice. Dr. Chenneville's work has been recognized through many awards and honors to include the USF World Global Achievement Faculty Award for International Research, the USF Faculty Outstanding Research Award, the Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Award, and the USFSP Chancellors Award for Excellence in Research.
Katrina Kubicek is a medical anthropologist and is currently the Associate Director of the Community, Health Outcomes, and Intervention Research (CHOIR) Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She also co-directs the Community Engagement program of the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI) at the University of Southern California. She received her doctorate in Health Behavior Research from the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.
Her training as a medical anthropologist provides a unique lens in which to view research and take into account the many cultural and social influences on individuals' health and well-being, integral to unpacking issues impacting health disparities locally and globally. Her work has included serving as the Ethnographer on a number of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded studies over the past ten years which involved working closely with diverse communities such as young gay and bisexual men in examining HIV risks in urban populations, the House and Ball communities of Los Angeles and promotoras de salud in providing evidence-based guidelines to support cardiovascular health in urban and rural Latino communities. Her particular research focus includes understanding the dynamics of intimate partner violence among young gay and bisexual men as well as examining the societal and structural barriers to HIV prevention and care for young men of color in urban settings.
She has had the opportunity to work side by side with some of the most diverse communities in the world and these experiences continue to inform her work as well as the research of colleagues and other faculty at USC and CHLA. Without these relationships, her research agenda would not be as vast and applicable to the many different health conditions affecting our diverse communities.
Linda M. Whiteford holds a PhD and MA in Anthropology, and a Master's degree in Public Health. She is a Professor of Anthropology and Founding Co-Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Social Marketing for Social Justice at USF. She helped establish the dual degree program between the USF department of anthropology and the College of Public Health; and graduate certificates in Health, Water, and Culture with USF anthropology and the Colleges of Engineering and Public Health; a graduate certificate in Medical Anthropology; helped establish the USF Centers for Community and Public Scholarship, Sustainability, and USF World. In addition, she has represented USF internationally in Ghana, Cambodia, Thailand, China, Exeter, Dubrovnik, and London.
Dr. Whiteford has consulted for WHO, PAHO, USAID, the World Bank, and the Canadian Agency for International Development on projects in Bolivia, Ecuador, Antigua, Barbados and Mexico. She chaired the department of Anthropology, and was President of the Society for Applied Anthropology. She also served USF as Vice Provost for Program Development and Review, Associate Vice President for Global Strategies and International Affairs, and Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives. Most recently, Dr. Whiteford was awarded the prestigious Sol Tax Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession by the Society for Applied Anthropology. The award will be presented in Philadelphia on April 6th, 2018. She was also selected to be Scholar of the Year at Santa Clara University, and also at St. Mary's College of Maryland. She has received six Senior Researcher National Science Foundation research awards, and six School for Advanced Seminar awards, and as well as other research awards for investigations in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba and countries in Central and South America.
Her books include: Community Participatory Involvement: A Sustainable Model for Global Public Health (2015); Anthropology and the Engaged University: New Vision for the Discipline Within Higher Education (2013); Global Health in Times of Violence (2010), Primary Health Care in Cuba: The Other Revolution (2008); Anthropological Ethics for Research and Practice (2008); and Globalization, Water and Health: Resources in Times of Scarcity (2005); Global Health Policy, Local Realities: The Fallacy of the Level Playing Field (2000); and New Approached to Human Reproduction (1985).
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