Professor Richardson poses with students from Tucker Clarke Primary School, St. Kitts, WI. Richardson and MPH students from UVA collect and deliver school supplies and books to teachers and students as part of an on-going program to teach wellness principles that support educational success.
Jeanita W. Richardson, Ph.D., has distinguished herself nationally as an expert in facilitating the education and health collaborations needed to create and sustain school-based health care centers (SBHCs), a healthcare delivery model positioned to advance both the educational success of children and optimal population health. Her seminal work (book pictured at right) with co-author Terri Wright on School-based Health Care continues to be viewed as the first volume specifically addressing SBHC practice, policy, and research-based outcomes and impacts. Drawing from her Ph.D. in educational policy, Masters in curriculum and instruction and her experiences as a public school educator, senior policy analyst with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, consultant for W.K.Kellogg Foundation and the American Public Health Association, she has expanded the scope of her work to St. Kitts and Nevis, WI. Partnering with the St Kitts and Nevis Ministries of Health and Education she continues to apply her expertise toward advancing comprehensive and culturally respectful child health and educational partnerships.