Amanda Davé is the Program Manager of UTHealth School of Public Health-Brownsville's community-wide campaign "Tu Salud ?Si Cuenta!", a chronic disease prevention program that partners with cities and precincts throughout Cameron and Hidalgo Counties to address physical activity, fruit and vegetable intake, and environmental infrastructure changes around health.
Amanda graduated from Trinity University with a B.S. in Neuroscience and International Studies in 2008, and received a Master of Public Health in 2011 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston-School of Public Health. With a focus on addressing health disparities in vulnerable populations, her work has included research, outreach, and advocacy, as well as program development, implementation, and evaluation in mostly rural, medically under-served areas.
Her experience spans neglected infectious disease program development with The Carter Center in Atlanta; deparasitation and immunization implementation with NGOs in rural Peru that led to successful advocacy for sanitation services and decreased infections; development of a community health worker model to connect a rural health clinic to neighboring villages for continuity of care on the border of Honduras and El Salvador; prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Malawi; and now obesity-related chronic disease prevention in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. She has presented at conferences worldwide and helped published articles in various scientific journals.
A native Houstonian, Amanda moved to Brownsville, TX in 2015 to work for UTHealth and has embraced the beauty and intricacies of the Rio Grande Valley. In addition to her professional duties, Amanda is a certified yoga instructor. She is dedicated to helping communities thrive in a collaborative effort to improve the health and wellness of individuals, cultivating a collective consciousness to support community and recognizing that in order to lead, one must learn what it means to serve.