Samantha (Sammy) Luffy, MPH, is the Senior Policy Research Associate at CHANGE (the Center for Health and Gender Equity). In this role, Samantha manages critical global policy research projects relevant to CHANGE’s global sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) advocacy agenda, including CHANGE's research publications and the SRHR Index. Samantha has demonstrated qualitative research experience, including study design, data collection, analysis, publication, and dissemination of findings. She has published qualitative research on topics including unintended pregnancy, unsafe abortion, gender-based violence, and the impact of U.S. global health assistance funding and policies on program implementation.
Prior to joining CHANGE, Sammy supported a dynamic biomedical HIV and AIDS prevention research and development portfolio with the Office of HIV/AIDS at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) that included HIV vaccine, microbicide, and antiretroviral therapy programs.
Samantha earned a Masters of Public Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and a certificate on health and human rights. She brings to CHANGE her passion for qualitative research, which was fostered during graduate school when she conducted a qualitative study to document women’s experiences with unintended pregnancy, unsafe abortion, and violence in the context of Nicaragua’s total ban on abortion.