Samantha (Sammy) Luffy, MPH, is the Senior Policy Research Associate at the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE). In this role, she manages critical areas of technical and policy research relevant to CHANGE’s advocacy agenda on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), including HIV and AIDS, contraceptive access, gender-based violence, and maternal health.
Prior to joining CHANGE, Sammy supported a dynamic biomedical HIV and AIDS prevention research and development portfolio as a Program Analyst within the Office of HIV/AIDS Research Division in the Bureau for Global Health at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) that included HIV vaccine, microbicide, and antiretroviral therapy programs.
Sammy earned her Masters in Public Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University where she focused on global health, infectious diseases, and the intersection of health and human rights -- specifically sexual and reproductive health and 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.
Sammy is thrilled to contribute to CHANGE’s mission of promoting SRHR as a means to achieve gender equity as a member of the CHANGE team.