Patricia Fernandes Da Silva, Ph.D.
64 Beaver Street, #422
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (917) 969-8075
Patricia is an independent public health consultant with an interest in gender issues in developing countries. She has vast experience working in the not-for-profit sector, both in the USA and abroad.
Her experience includes work at the United Nations where she negotiated and drafted resolutions on behalf of the Angolan government relating to issues ranging from the safety of children in war zones to women’s and girl’s access to reproductive health.
Patricia spent two years working in Angola on HIV and malaria prevention. Her experience includes research as well as the design, management and implementation of public health prevention campaigns. Her years working in Angola awakened her interest in studying the relationship and influence of cultural values in public health prevention campaigns, in particular those focused on HIV.
Patricia also has extensive management experience. She has managed large staffs of health professionals, social workers and marketing professionals. She has written and managed private and government grants for issues ranging from teen pregnancy prevention to child abuse prevention and prevention of child obesity.
Most recently, Patricia dedicated her time to researching more efficient ways to design and implement HIV prevention programs in Angola, especially those programs with a gender focus. In her doctoral dissertation “The Other” a look into concurrent relationships in Luanda/Angola, she discusses in depth the issues related to HIV prevention in Angola from the female standpoint as it relates to local cultural practices.
Patricia lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and their two children. She is an avid reader and a competitive fencer, holding the national saber team gold medal for women veterans 2013. She is also a board member of the “Brooklyn Youth Music Project,” a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching classical music instruments to children of all walks of life.