Samantha (Sammy) Luffy Policy Research Associate
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Samantha (Sammy) Luffy, MPH, is the 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.

Featured Work:

  • Samantha M. Luffy, Dabney P. Evans, and Roger W. Rochat, "Regardless, you are not the first woman": An illustrative case study of missed opportunities to protect sexual and reproductive health and rights, BMC Women’s Health (forthcoming, 2019).
  • Samantha M. Luffy, Tiffany L. Lemon, Anne C. Spaulding, Chapter 5: Epidemiology, Detection, and Management of Infectious Diseases in Health Care, in Correctional Health Care: Practice, Administration, and Law (F Cohen 2017), Civic Research Institute.
  • Dabney P. Evans, Samantha M. Luffy, Stephanie Parisi, Carlos Del Rio, The development of a massive open online course during the 2014-2015 Ebola virus disease epidemic, Ann Epidemiol (2017).
  • Samantha M. Luffy, Dabney P. Evans, Roger W. Rochat,  “It is better if I kill her”: perceptions and opinions of violence against women and femicide in Ocotal, Nicaragua after Law 779, Violence and Gender (2015).
  • Samantha M. Luffy, Dabney P. Evans, Roger W. Rochat, “Siempre me critican”: barriers to reproductive health in Ocotal, Nicaragua, Pan American Journal of Public Health (2015).

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