A senior health communications specialist at AIR, Donna Mitrani supports public health programs, health communication initiatives, and social marketing campaigns for several federal government clients. Her work at AIR has included serving as deputy campaign manager and strategic planning, creative development and media planning task lead for the CDC's Start Talking. Stop HIV. campaign targeting gay and bisexual men; strategic partnerships and community engagement lead for its One Conversation at a Time HIV awareness campaign targeting U.S. Hispanics; and health communication advisor for a PEPFAR-funded task of the USAID’s Zambia Strengthening Educational Performance Up (STEP-Up Zambia) program. Mitrani's work with STEP-Up Zambia included providing technical assistance to the Zambian Ministry of Education Science, Vocational Training and Early Education (MESVTEE), specifically in working with the MESVTEE’s Curriculum Development Center to develop HIV education materials to aid in teachers' delivery of HIV messaging to primary and secondary school students. Her work on this project has also included conducting formative research (focus groups and in-depth interviews) to determine Zambian teachers’ barriers to teaching the HIV curriculum, results of which informed MESVTEE’s HIV education initiatives.
Mitrani has seven years of experience working in health communication and public health programming for both private and government organizations. Most notably, she assisted with the development and implementation of the CDC’s Parents are the Key and Protect the Ones You Love campaigns, and managed several communication initiatives for the NIH National Cancer Institute’s Office of Latin American Cancer Program Development.
Mitrani received her master’s degree in health promotion from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, and her bachelor’s degree in public relations with a concentration in health communication from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications.