Health Promotion Specialist & Adjunct Assistant Professor
Kavita was awarded PHFI’s Future Faculty Fellowship in 2006. She has MSc in Public Health with specialisation in Health Promotion from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Masters in Social Work with specialisation in Social Welfare from Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights from the International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France.
Kavita works on Health Promotion and Advocacy initiatives at PHFI. Her work combines teaching, research, designing innovative approaches for health promotion and communication, and developing teaching and training curriculum. Her current areas of work includes facilitating advocacy and communication for improved human resources for health, shaping alcohol policy and improving maternal and child health. Kavita provides technical assistance to the President, PHFI in developing public health advocacy efforts, facilitating research and programme initiatives, and advancing institutional partnerships. Kavita has ten years of applied public health experience. Her previous work at CARE India integrated planning, and implementing programme strategies related to reproductive health needs of communities with special focus on young people. At Futures Group Inc., under the global POLICY Project, she participated in formulating HIV/AIDS policy interventions with the Government, faith-based organisations and NGOs, and decentralised planning for HIV/AIDS and maternal health efforts. She reviewed programming issues related to care and support for children affected by HIV/AIDS in low-prevalence settings and worke don developing innovative communication strategies for HIV/AIDS communication among young people. Kavita, provided technical support for developing evidence for advocacy under the Essential Advocacy Project (Avahan) and undertook research and analysis on ‘Economics of HIV/AIDS in India’. During her internship at the Child and Adolescent Health and Development Department, WHO Geneva, she worked on mapping of adolescent health indicators and use of data for programme planning.
Kavita is an adjunct faculty to IIPHs, and guest faculty at the Department of Social Work, and A J K Mass Communications Research Center, Jamia Millia Islamia University.