Ruth White

Clinical Associate Professor
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Department of Study 
Community, Organization, and Business Innovation
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
MPH, University of California, Berkeley
MSW, McGill University
BSW, McGill University
BSS, University of Ottawa

With 20+ years' experience working with people in a wide range of sectors to create, implement, manage and evaluate cutting-edge programs, RUTH WHITE knows how to optimize the development of people and the organizations where they work. She applies theoretical frameworks using analytics grounded in economics, sociology, public health and social welfare to solve complex problems related to personal and organizational development, social policy, social programs and inclusion/diversity.

Working globally and locally, White develops and delivers programs, lectures, keynotes and training modules that enhance knowledge and improve performance. She specializes in maternal and child health, community-based strategies, policy advocacy and mental health with a focus on bipolar disorder and mental health stigma. White has worked in health and social services in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States, conducted research and practiced public health in Belize, Uganda and Jamaica.

For five years, she co-led Maama Omwaana, a community-based program for improving the maternal and child health outcomes for the community of Njeru (pop. 50,000) in Uganda that resulted in a tripling of use of maternity services in less than five years despite stagnant overall clinic attendance. White transferred the project to the local department of health, which still manages the program activities. Local leaders that emerged from this program are now part of the National Secretariat of the White Ribbon Alliance in Uganda.

Her professional services includes secretary of the board of directors of Health Alliance International, and she sits on the editorial board of the African Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health and the review boards of the American Journal of Health Behavior and the Journal of Social Work Education. She referees articles for many other journals and organizations, such as the American Public Health Association; Culture, Health and Sexuality; Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power; Journal of the National Medical Association and AIDS Care.

White's work has been featured in print, TV and radio, including the New York Times,, Marie Claire, Woman's Day, Parent Map and in a popular social welfare policy text. She has hosted a policy-focused radio show, written magazine features and authored three well-received blogs. As an expert witness, she has worked with Yale, Columbia and New York University law schools, Sidley Austin LLP, and others. In 2014, White released her third book, Preventing Bipolar Relapse.

She teaches social policy, management and program evaluation in the Virtual Academic Center and serves as lead instructor on research and management courses and co-chair of the macro sequence of courses online.