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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.