Chris Galavotti ’78E has always focused on community support in her work. Today, as senior director of the Sexual, Reproductive and Maternal Health program at CARE USA, she helps communities around the world provide better support for women and babies.
Early in her career, Galavotti worked with teens in foster care. This led her to a Ph.D. from the University of Texas in the emerging field of community psychology, which explores “how individuals in communities function and overcome challenges or mobilize to address issues,” she says, “and how communities and the environment and structural conditions shape, constrain, the choices people are able to make.”
Next came a job developing anti-smoking interventions among Mexican-Americans in South Texas, followed by 22 years at the Centers for Disease Control, where Galavotti led an initiative in several African countries to encourage prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS through radio soap opera narratives. (See “Hope on the Air” in Amherst’s Spring 2002 issue.)