Patti RichardsonPatti is a student in the PhD in Urban Systems Program

Patti Richardson

Patti Richardson’s career in health began in subSaharan Africa, where she lived for over a decade focusing on health inequalities among women and children, working with families affected by HIV/AIDS, and managing intercontinental humanitarian projects for cities, communities and villages from Zambia to Madagascar.

Patti is also the founder of Move it Nation, a nonprofit organization seeking to empower families to move their minds, bodies and souls. She created Move-it-n-Groove-it, a childhood obesity prevention fitness curriculum and video series that has been used in over twenty-five schools, serving over 1,000 children in New York City and Boston, MA.

In her spare time, Patti enjoys creating health and fitness interventions for at risk populations, writing, and baking with her four daughters: triplets plus one.

"What I love best about the Urban Systems/Urban Health program is the opportunity to work alongside a group of New Jersey’s best and brightest researchers who share my interest in the sociocultural aspects of health and combating health disparities among women and children of color. Being afforded the opportunity to hone my skills as a scholar and researcher via the applied research of the Urban Health doctoral program gives me a tremendous advantage."

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