Reschedule Talk by Dr. Elizabeth Meassick - December 11, 2023

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Cortney Rinker

Nov 28, 2023, 2:48:23 PM11/28/23

Please save the NEW date of the talk by Dr. Meassick's as part of the WAPA 2023-24 Speaker Series. Information will be posted on the website shortly to RSVP and receive the Zoom link.

Cultural Dynamics in the Health Outcomes: An Exploration through the Lens of HIV/AIDS

Dr. Elizabeth Meassick

 Monday December 11, 2023

 7:00 to 8:30pm EST on Zoom


This lecture delves into the critical intersection of culture and health outcomes, with a specific focus on the context of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment. Recognizing the profound influence of cultural factors on health behaviors, access to healthcare, and intervention impact, this exploration aims to deepen our understanding of the intricate dynamics shaping the outcomes of individuals living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS. Dr. Meassick will employ a multi-faceted approach, drawing on empirical evidence, case studies, and theoretical frameworks. The talk will analyze the ways in which cultural considerations influence perceptions of risk, engagement with healthcare services, and adherence to antiretroviral therapies. The exploration will emphasize the need for culturally sensitive approaches to address the diverse contexts in which HIV/AIDS manifests. Dr. Meassick will conclude by synthesizing key findings and emphasizing the importance of recognizing and respecting cultural diversity in designing effective interventions. It will underscore the need for a paradigm shift towards culturally informed strategies in the global effort to combat HIV/AIDS.


With over 25 years of extensive experience in health programing my specialization lies in HIV program design and implementation - health strategy development, program development, integrated design, prevention, effective team leadership, budget analysis and strategic planning. Noteworthy highlights from my career encompass orchestrating the transition of a $400 million HIV portfolio from international to local partners, establishing community-led monitoring structures, and forging critical strategic partnerships for funding. My key priorities include data-driven decision-making, mentorship of teams, and adept budget management, all geared towards ensuring successful program outcomes. My work has predominantly spanned the African continent, with a strong emphasis on localization and co-creation, consistently showcasing my ability to lead teams and develop impactful health programs across the program cycle. I have worked with esteemed organizations such as Health and Human Services, PEPFAR-Department of State, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, USAID, and World Vision.

 In my most recent position as the Chief Operating Officer at the Kenya Women and Children Wellness Center (KWCWC) from October 2022 to August 2023, my role involved providing strategic and technical direction to this newly established organization. My responsibilities encompassed defining the vision and mission for KWCWC, and cultivating crucial strategic partnerships for both funding and program implementation.

My unwavering commitment to education and capacity building is further demonstrated by my experience as an Adjunct Professor, where I have had the privilege of teaching at institutions such as Hillsborough Community College in Tampa Florida, USF, and GWU. I hold a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology with a Minor in Public Health, complemented by a Master's degree in Development Anthropology. My deep-seated dedication revolves around equipping the upcoming generation of public health professionals with the knowledge and skills essential to effect positive change within the field.

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