MD, Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil
MPH, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Dr. Galvao is a public health physician with twenty plus years of experience in global health programs and research, with a major focus on HIV prevention, maternal & reproductive health and family planning in less developed countries. She is a Senior Scientist, Global Health, at the UWM's College of Nursing (CON) Center for Global Health Equity (CGHE) and a Honorary Fellow, Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) School of Medicine and Public Health.
Before joining the UW system in 2003, she worked extensively in global health for over seventeen years, with experience in twenty countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. From 1995-2001 she was National Advisor for the Reproductive Health/HIV/AIDS Program at the Population Council-Brazil and worked at Save the Children-USA (1991-1995). She served as a consultant for several international and academic institutions, including the World Health Organization, EngenderHealth and others.
During the past decade she also devoted part of her time to programs in the United States, with a primary focus on population health and community-based research. During that period, she hold other academic appointments as Associate Director for the University of Wisconsin (Madison) School of Medicine and Public Health SHOW Project, Milwaukee study site and Associate Director for Community Partnerships at the Center for Urban Population Health CUPH.
Her primary research interests and publications are: prevention of HIV/AIDS among women and other vulnerable populations; maternal & reproductive health and family planning globally; evaluation of the effectiveness of multilevel ecological/structural interventions on HIV and other health outcomes in resource limited settings.
Dr. Galvao's major project is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH-NICHD). She is a Co-Investigator and the UWM’s CGHE site Principal Investigator on a study entitled "Pathways Linking Poverty, Food Insecurity, and HIV in Rural Malawi." This 5-year study in rural Malawi examines the impact of a multi-level ecological intervention (economic development, sustainable agriculture training and food security) on HIV vulnerability and other health outcomes. This is a collaboration of the UWM Zilber School of Public Health, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee CON’s Center for Global Health Equity, CARE-USA and CARE-Malawi.
Research Interests and Expertise
- Prevention of HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections among women and other vulnerable populations in the U.S. and globally;
- Evaluation of the effectiveness of multilevel ecological/structural interventions on HIV and Reproductive Health in resource limited settings;
- Population health and public health assessments;
- Disparities in access to reproductive and other preventive services among ethnic minorities;
- Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) methods and translation of research findings into policies and programs;
- Acceptability and effectiveness of barrier contraceptive methods.
Title: Pathways Linking Poverty, Food Insecurity, and HIV in Rural Malawi (R01); (2008-13)
Role: Co-Investigator & Site Principal Investigator (PI: Weinhardt)
Amount of Support: $2,532.250 (Total Award)
Funding Agency: NIH (NICHD)
Synopsis: 5-year study examining the effects on HIV vulnerability of a multi-level intervention involving economic development, sustainable agriculture training, and food security in rural Malawi. This is a collaborative study of the Medical College of Wisconsin (Center for AIDS Intervention Research), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing’s CCDGH, CARE-USA and CARE-Malawi.
Title: Violence in the Lives of HIV-Infected Women in Malawi: a Critical Ethnography (2008-09)
Role: Consultant (PI: Mkandawire-Valhmu)
Amount of Support: $63,219 (Total Direct Costs Award)
Funding Agency: UW-Milwaukee Research Growth Initiative (RGI)
Synopsis: The purpose of this critical ethnography is to develop in-depth understanding of violence in the lives of HIV-infected Malawian women.
Title: Piloting a Community-Based Participatory Approach with Latinas Living with HIV (2007-08)
Role: Co-Investigator; (PI: Stevens)
Amount of Support: $50,000 (Total Direct Costs Award)
Funding Agency: Center for Urban Population Health Scientist Development Fund
Synopsis: 1-year study to pilot a community-based participatory approach to investigate the health issues and resource needs of urban HIV-infected Latinas living in Milwaukee.
Title: Feasibility Study Involving Monolingual Spanish-Speaking Hispanic Women Living with HIV (2007-08)
Role: Co-Investigator; (PI, Stevens)
Amount of Support: $84,837 (Total Direct Costs Award)
Funding Agency: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Research Growth Initiative
Synopsis: 1-year project to conduct a qualitative study with Hispanic Women living with HIV in urban and rural Wisconsin. The study will examine access to health care and social services, impact of illness, symptom management, adherence to medication and risk reduction.
Title: Survey of Health of Wisconsin (2006-09)
Funding Agency: Wisconsin Partnership Fund for a Healthy Future
Role: Associate Director (Milwaukee study site); (PI: Javier Nieto)
Amount of Support to UW-Madison: $4,116,906 (Total Award)
Synopsis: The overall goal of this study is to establish an infrastructure for population health research in the state of Wisconsin.