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Gita Krishnaswamy, MEd, MPH

Bio and contact information for Gita Krishnaswamy, MEd, MPH, NWCPHP faculty member.

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Gita Krishnaswamy is an NWCPHP faculty member, and supports several training programs including the Leadership Institute.

Areas of Expertise

  • Health equity
  • Education and health policy
  • Health education

She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington, where she teaches in the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice MPH program.

Prior to her two roles at the UW, Gita served as the Associate Director of Instructional Leadership at the Washington Alliance for Better Schools (WABS), a collaborative of 11 public school districts in King and Snohomish counties. At WABS, she developed and evaluated community-based training programs for K–12 teachers and families using a health equity framework and supported the implementation of a new teacher leadership training model. She also led the development of a new teacher leadership training model. As a former classroom teacher, she has observed firsthand that inequities in the environments where students live, learn, and play greatly affect their academic development and well-being.

Gita has developed customized workshops for educators on the interrelationship between educational attainment and health and has given interactive keynotes on the value of strategic partnerships between public health and public education. With extensive experience using problem-based learning and constructivist pedagogy, she has trained numerous K–12 and university faculty in their theory and implementation.

Gita received her MPH from the University of Washington in 2012, and MEd from DePaul University in 2005.