A piece of advice that Dr. Visconti would give to a young professional entering the field:
Learn to depower yourself and listen for what you can do.
Virginia Visconti, PhD, MAT, is an assistant professor and CBH/CBH Global MPH Concentration Director for the Department of Community and Behavioral Health (CBH) at the Colorado School of Public Health. She is trained as a social-cultural anthropologist and educator and has an extensive background in ethnographic research, community-based participatory research, collective impact coordination, higher education service-learning, and community-academic partnership building in diverse settings. Prior to relocating to Colorado, Virginia directed the Public Service Research Program at Stanford University’s Haas Center for Public Service, where she also taught in the Urban Studies Program. Most recently, she served as the Collective Impact Coordinator for the Families Forward Resource Center’s Healthy Babies Strong Families Healthy Start Program. Virginia holds a dual major PhD in social-cultural anthropology and education policy studies and a MAT in English, both from Indiana University-Bloomington. She conducted fieldwork for her dissertation in Viet Nam as a Fulbright Scholar. Virginia also earned a Public Health Sciences Certificate from the Colorado School of Public Health.
A quote Dr. Visconti lives by:
“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” -- George Eliot
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I am especially proud and grateful to work with the following community partners: the Families Forward Resource Center's Healthy Babies Strong Families Community Action Network, the Colorado Public Health Parks and Recreation Collaborative, and the Aurora Health Alliance (Colorado).