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Jeanita White Richardson

Professor
Unit: School of Medicine
Department: PBHS Public Health Sciences Admin
Office location and address
Health System West Complex, Room 3215
1335 Lee St
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

Jeanita W. Richardson is a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS) at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and a Center for Global Health Distinguished Scholar, a Provost award.

She is a Co-PI of a five-year NIH Minority Health and Health Disparities training grant designed to reduce global rural health disparities in St. Kitts and Nevis, Uganda and South Africa. A dynamic global partnership between the St. Kitts and Nevis Ministry of Health (MOH) has been nurtured through her International Studies Office PHS classes and collaborative research endeavors grounded in MOH chronic disease prevention priorities, specifically childhood asthma and type 2 diabetes prevention.

Dr. Richardson is recognized nationally for her expertise in designing effective strategies to enhance the health of children through public health partnerships with schools. Her edited book, School-based Health Care: Advancing Both Educational Success & Public Health, has been recognized by the American Public Health Association as the first volume of its kind.

She initiated the UVA Masters in Public Health PATHWAYS program, designed to identify and mentor highly qualified under-represented students of color in the health sciences, through funding from the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research and a Commonwealth of Virginia Public Health Training Grant. The program mentors individuals for careers in public health in an effort to address prevailing disparities; meaningfully engage idiosyncratic communities around health promotion; and, promote shifts in workforce composition.

Her experience in community engagement leadership and research mentorship make her a highly sought after resource for culturally respectful research practices within and outside UVA.

Her scholarship highlights the nexus between health and learning readiness in children and the role of culturally respectful approaches to research. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of School Health, the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Public Health Reports, the Journal of Children and Poverty, the West Indies Medical Journal, the International Journal of Educational Reform, Widening Participation in Lifelong Learning, Education and Urban Society and the Journal of Negro Education.  Books to her credit include School-based Healthcare: Advancing Both Educational Success & Public Health, The Full-Service Community School Movement: Lessons from the James Adams Community School, The Cost of Being Poor, and Suffer the Little Children: National and International Dimensions of Child Poverty.

Her Ph.D. in educational policy with a concentration in special interest group politics was earned from the University of Virginia. In addition to her academic appointments, she has worked as a senior policy and budget analyst for the Commonwealth of Virginia, a consultant to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Center for School Health and Education (APHA), a public school educator, and corporate banker.


ZFOR 3503: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
PHS 5185: Global Health Research Methodologies
Credits: 1
This course is designed to facilitate the development, implementation and data analysis of student initiatives sponsored by the Center for Global Health. Faculty-led seminars are designed to support the creation of rigorous and respectful interactions with the global health community. Prerequisite: CGH Scholar award
PHS 5815: Social Determinants of Child Health
Credits: 3
Participants will learn and apply the tenets of social determinants of child health as they explore and analyze child asthma challenges in St. Kitts and Nevis. Culturally respectful engagement will be emphasized in the assessment of existing resources and the development of community-based health education materials sensitive to the priorities of the indigenous people of St. Kitts and Nevis.
PHS 7015: Qualitative Methods for Community and Global Health
Credits: 3
This course advances methodological and cultural competency in the design and implementation of community health qualitative research investigations. Coursework provides opportunities to practice specific methodologies such as surveys, interviews, focus groups, case studies, and historiographies in accordance with standards of rigor (e.g., reliability, generalizability, validity).
PHS 7610: Health Promotion and Health Behavior
Credits: 3
Public Health is a multi-disciplinary field that attempts to help individuals and communities prevent illness and maintain and improve health. These health promotion activities are accomplished through the development of programs and policies and associated study of these activities. Although we recognize that there are many factors that impact individuals and population health outcomes, this course will explore the social and behavioral aspects of health as well as the relationship between health behavior and community, society and the environment. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
PHS 7815: Social Determinants of Child Health
Credits: 3
Participants will learn and apply the tenets of social determinants of child health as they explore and analyze child asthma challenges in St. Kitts and Nevis. Culturally respectful engagement will be emphasized in the assessment of existing resources and the development of community-based health education materials sensitive to the priorities of the indigenous people of St. Kitts and Nevis.
PHS 8125: Qualitative Data Analysis
Credits: 3
This course teaches students how to interpret qualitative data by applying systematic coding processes. Analyzing qualitative data involves reading through the interview or focus group transcripts and other data, developing codes, applying and revising those codes through an iterative review of data, and drawing connections between discrete pieces of data to determine research participant meaning. Prerequisite: PHS 8120, GNUR 8120, PHS 7015
PHS 8880: Integrative Learning RP Part 1
Credits: 1–3
Practicum associated with Methods Course for Research in Practice Concentration. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
PHS 8881: Integrative Learning HP Part 1
Credits: 1–3
Practicum associated with Methods Course for Health Policy, Law & Ethics Concentration. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
PHS 8930: Integrative Learning Experience RP Part 2
Credits: 1–3
The culminating experience project should demonstrate application of knowledge acquired in the MPH program to a real-world public health issue. Students write a paper & create a poster for presentation describing their projects. Students also take a review test of basic material from the core public health disciplines & complete a competency self-assessment to obtain feedback on their progress & accomplishments achieved by the end of the program. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission.
PHS 8931: Integrative Learning Experience HP Part 2
Credits: 1–3
The final project should demonstrate application of knowledge acquired in the MPH program to a real-world public health issue. Students write a paper & create a poster for presentation describing their projects. Students also take a review test of basic material from the core public health disciplines & complete a competency self-assesment to obtain feedback on their progress & accomplishments achieved by the end of the program.
PHS 8960: Supervised Independent Research I
Credits: 1–6
Supervised Independent Research