Speakers

Anselmo Canfora, MArch

Professor Canfora is an Associate Professor of Architecture. He founded Initiative reCOVER in 2007 and currently is the Director of the Architecture Graduate Program and the Architectural Design Thinking Concentration in the A-School. Professor Canfora currently leads reCOVER as an applied research project to assist disaster recovery efforts and underserved populations through partnerships with humanitarian, community-based organizations, professional firms, and manufacturers.


Lia Cattaneo

Lia Cattaneo is a Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences double major. She is involved with sustainability at UVA, through the Student Council Sustainability Committee, Climate Action Society, and research.


Matthew Trowbridge, MD, MPH

Dr. Matthew Trowbridge is a physician, public health researcher, and associate professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Trowbridge’s academic research focuses on the impact of architecture, urban design, and transportation planning on public health issues including childhood obesity, traffic injury, and pre-hospital emergency care.

Dr. Trowbridge currently serves as a Senior Research Fellow at the U.S Green Building Council leading a collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focused on leveraging green building market transformation tools to promote public health. Dr. Trowbridge is board certified in both general pediatrics and preventive medicine and obtained his medical and public health training at Emory University.


Bill Brent

Bill Brent is the Executive Director of the Central Virginia Chapter of the American Red Cross. Mr. Brent leads American Red Cross efforts across 14 Central Virginia counties, promoting the mission of the Red Cross: to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and generosity of donors. Mr. Brent is an established, respected and visionary nonprofit “For Greater Profit” leader with extensive experience running complex organizations of all sizes and possesses a personal passion for service.


Sustained Dialogue

Students founded the University of Virginia chapter of Sustained Dialogue in 2001 in response to several incidents of racial intolerance on grounds. Students hoped SD would be an outlet to discuss race related tensions within the UVA student body and an avenue for students of different backgrounds to connect with each other and engage in productive conversations.

The UVA Chapter of Sustained Dialogue is part of a national organization called the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network (SDCN) which was founded in 2002 to promote the process of Sustained Dialogue for transforming racial, ethnic, and other deep-rooted conflicts in the United States and abroad.


Emma Mitchell, PhD, MSN, RN

Dr. Emma Mitchell is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing and coordinates the School’s Clinical Nurse Leader master’s program. She completed her PhD in nursing at the University of Virginia. Her research is focused on global health, in particular maternal and child health and health disparities, as well as vulnerable populations and social justice, HPV vaccine rates and public health nursing. She is currently studying HPV vaccine uptake rates in Virginia as well as the feasibility and acceptability of an at-home HPV test among rural Virginia women. Dr. Mitchell has been active in the community and globally and shows passion and creativity in her all-encompassing vision of the future of health care.


Larry Merkel, MD, PhD

Larry Merkel has had clinical and research experience with various refugee groups, the Maori of New Zealand, and is presently focusing on Appalachian populations. He has also worked with Middle Eastern Psychiatrists in establishing training programs for Middle Eastern Primary Care doctors in diagnosing and treating mental health concerns. He is presently working on a cultural psychiatry understanding of “Nerves” in the Appalachian populations of SW Virginia.


Tim Cunningham, RN, MSN

Tim Cunningham graduated from UVA Nursing in 2007 and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Additionally, he is the director of Clowns without Borders, an international entertainment troupe, and has created laughter among impoverished children in Africa, Mexico, and Haiti. Recently, Mr. Cunningham utilized his nurse training in Sierra Leone, directly caring for Ebola patients. Come hear him discuss his groundwork and the effect on the present and future policy as a result, followed by the opportunity to discuss your individual perspectives in such an epidemic and raise any questions.


Carolyn Engelhard, MPA

Carolyn Long Engelhard directs the Health Policy Program in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and holds the position of Associate Director of the Center for Health Policy, a joint venture between the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia. Professor Engelhard’s academic activities include analyzing and monitoring changes in health policy at the federal and state governmental levels and teaching in both the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine. Ms. Engelhard co-authored a book looking at the myths surrounding the U.S. health care system, completed a national project in conjunction with the nonpartisan Urban Institute examining the use of public policies to reduce obesity, and contributed a textbook chapter examining the effect of the new law on health care organizations. Professor Engelhard co-directs a national webinar featuring health policy experts and students across four universities each spring, and she is a contributing health policy expert for the web-based news journal, TheHill.com.


David Edmunds, PhD

David Edmunds is a human geographer who is interested in environmental issues as they intersect with culture, social relations, politics and community development.  He has a PhD from Clark University and received a Fulbright award for his fieldwork, in addition to a Rockefeller award for post-doctoral work at the Center for International Forestry Research. He has worked in various countries in Africa and Asia, as well as with Native American tribal nations in the United States.  He teaches Global Development Theory II and Development on Ground each year to GDS students, as well as a variety of other courses, including Science, Technology, and Development and Culture, Commerce, and Travel.  He is also responsible for helping students arrange for out-of-the-university learning experiences with a variety of local, national and international partners.


Pamela Riley, JD

Pamela Riley, Principal Associate, International Health Division, is at the forefront of Abt’s efforts to leverage mobile phone technology to improve health outcomes. In her role as Senior mHealth Advisor, Ms. Riley leads development of mobile applications, brokers cost-share partnerships with technology companies, and promotes the use of mobile money to strengthen health systems. She has expertise in mHealth evidence, business models, and program design and evaluation of mHealth interventions, including data collection, consumer education, and health worker training.

At Abt, Ms. Riley’s experience includes supporting coalition development and technology strategy for the MAMA Bangladesh initiative, a public-private partnership involving USAID, Johnson & Johnson, and the Government of Bangladesh. Under USAID’s Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector project, Ms. Riley was the technical lead for two randomized controlled trials – in Ghana and Kenya – that evaluated the impact of text messages on knowledge and behavior change. Currently, she is evaluating the cost effectiveness of mobile money in Nigeria through USAID’s health Finance and Governance Project.

Ms. Riley is a recognized mHealth leader, serving on the Advisory Board of the mHealth Working Group, USG Evidence Review Summit on Population-Level Behavior Change, and mHealth faculty of the Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research. Prior to joining Abt, she worked for more than 14 years as senior legal strategist with Vodafone, the world’s then-largest mobile operator.   In addition to her experience in information and communications technology, Ms. Riley is a lawyer whose expertise includes international policy strategy in information technology and health fields. Her related contributions at Abt include analysis of the legal and regulatory landscape affecting corporate social responsibility in South Africa and an assessment of Albania’s laws and regulations impacting the commercial supply of contraceptives.    Ms. Riley holds a J.D. from the George Washington University, a master’s degree in Family Studies from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor’s of Science from Syracuse University.


Lesley-Anne Long

Lesley-Anne is the Global Director at mPowering Frontline Health Workers (Washington, DC), a public-private partnership focused on ending preventable child and maternal deaths.  She provides strategic and technical leadership to mPowering and coordinates across mHealth and maternal and child health advisors, program implementers, government officials, private technology companies, NGOs, academic institutions, and others focusing on sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. A former family law barrister, and Dean of a Faculty of Health & Social Care, she has a strong track record of academic publications in law, global health, social justice, and child rights.


Rachel Lenzi, MPH

Rachel Lenzi, MPH, is a Research Associate in the Social and Behavioral Health Sciences Division at FHI 360. She has been with FHI 360 since 2010, where she specializes in using applied research methods to design and evaluate health behavior change programs. Much of her work focuses on the use of social and behavior change communication and integrated health approaches to accelerate uptake of healthy behaviors, as well as the potential of mobile technology to improve both programming and monitoring and evaluation. Her work spans multiple health sectors (including sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence, and HIV prevention) and multiple countries in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. She studied public health at George Washington University, with a concentration in Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation.


Wade Oakley

Wade Oakley is a 4th year majoring in commerce and cognitive science at UVa. Last year he spent the summer in Mysore, India studying Ashtanga Yoga. He is involved in a variety of economic empowerment efforts with CASH: Creating Assets, Savings, Hope and Global Brigades, Inc.


To Write Love On Her Arms 

TWLOHA at UVA is part of the nonprofit organization To Write Love On Her Arms, dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. Meetings are Tuesdays from 7-8.


Susanna Williams, PhD

Susanna Williams, PhD is Associate Director of the U.Va. Mindfulness Center, where she is a faculty member and teaches several courses. She teaches Mindful Writing which uses contemplative practices to access the rich inner landscape available beyond linear thinking.  She also teaches Mindfulness and the Brain which explores the neuroscience behind meditation and wellbeing – class time is divided between learning about the mechanisms within the brain that are impacted by contemplative practice and practicing meditation and mindfulness to actually experience them.

She has a background in health care, and has worked both internationally and domestically in the area of designing and implementing health systems with a focus on full wellbeing, and sees mindfulness as both an entryway and a prerequisite for global development. She has used mindfulness practices in her work with African caregivers, based on the latest neuroscience that marries human connection to human development.

Her current focus is on bringing mindfulness and its applications into higher education (including cross-culturally) as well as researching its impact on students. She has been engaged in spiritual practice for many years and is a certified yoga instructor.

Susanna has presented Innovative Approaches to Teaching Mindfulness in Higher Education at the Annual Scientific Conference of Mindfulness in Healthcare and Society and is engaged with UVA’s Contemplative Pedagogy exploration through the Teachers Resource Center. She is a member of Mindfulness in Higher Education and Mindfulness in Education Network.


Kateri Dubay

Kateri DuBay is an assistant professor of chemistry. A theoretical chemist by training, she is investigating one of the great challenges in contemporary molecular science: the design of self-assembling nanomaterials that could have application in the fields of solar cell technology, drug delivery and other innovations in environmental sensing and material fabrication. Her research involves environmentally directed nanoscale self-assembly and the ways in which kinetic effects can be harnessed in the processing and formation of advanced materials. Before joining U.Va.’s faculty last fall, DuBay was a postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University and a postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. in chemistry from UC Berkeley, as well as her M.Phil. from Cambridge University as a Gates Cambridge Scholar and holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.


Compassionate Awareness and Living Mindfully (CALM), Virginia

Compassionate Awareness and Living Mindfully (CALM) is an interdisciplinary club for students of the nursing and medical schools of UVa. The focus of the club is on promoting mindfulness, resilience and compassion within the context of the health care setting and personal well-being. While we are a health science student club, we also function as a student arm of the Compassionate Care Initiative and promote self-care practices to all in the UVa community.


Edward Strickler, Jr., MA, MA, MPH, CHES

Edward Strickler, Jr., has served for more than 15 years as Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy Programs Coordinator, and as Managing Editor of Developments in Mental Health Law. Mr Strickler’s academic preparation has been at Swarthmore College (BA, with Honors, in philosophical literatures of Western and Eastern traditions), and at the University of Virginia ( MA, with study in religious ethics; MA,with study in clinical ethics; and MPH, with a focus on issues of public health policy ).  Abroad, he has studied religious ethics, cultural anthropology, contemplative practices and other topics in Thailand and in India. Before coming to the Institute Mr Strickler had worked with corporate, academic, and community-based organizations, and was responsible for various aspects of health education, community health research, and health services planning.

His long history of public service includes appointment to local and state level commissions, committees, study groups, and task forces. Improving community health, ensuring human rights, and expanding ethical discourse have been among his critical concerns, tutored through decades of work to ensure compassionate and effective responses to the HIV syndemic in Virginia, including as a founding member of the Virginia HIV Community HIV Planning Committee which provides integral and dynamic inputs to the Virginia Department of Health’s comprehensive statewide plan for HIV/AIDS prevention and care.

At the University Mr. Strickler serves on the LGBT Committee of the Diversity Council in the Office for Diversity and Equity, and as an Alternate Senator in the newly formed Staff Senate.