IWH Special Projects
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Institute for Women's Health
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 980319, Richmond, VA 23298-0319
Delivery Address:Theater Row Building
730 E. Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: 804-827-1200 | Fax: 804-827-0957
Currently Janett is working with the VCU Institute for Women’s Health part time on special projects. Her particular emphasis is on building and sustaining partnerships in the area of domestic and sexual violence and global women’s health.
Between June and December 2012, Janett served in the U.S. Peace Corps as a Response Volunteer working as a Drug Rehabilitation Planning Officer with the Department of Health-Malinao Treatment & Rehabilitation Center in the Philippines. In this assignment she worked with in-country staff to review existing programs and services; and to develop a comprehensive needs assessment to strengthen program services and activities.
Previously she was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where she served as program director for the VCU Institute for Women’s Health (IWH) for eight years. IWH was one of twenty national academic medical centers of excellence models providing innovative, comprehensive, multidisciplinary, and integrated health care systems for women. The Institute at VCU served as a catalyst for developing initiatives to improve women's health by fostering integration of clinical care, research, community engagement, professional education and women’s leadership development aimed at improving the health status of diverse women across the life span. Janett was instrumental in coordinating the Institute’s multifaceted initiatives aimed at improving women’s health in the community. She retired from full time work in June 2012.
Janett is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a recognized leader in the area of domestic and sexual violence with expertise in clinical intervention, training, public policy, research and systems change. She has worked for over 30 years to increase awareness and education related to violence against women. Previously she coordinated services in Chesterfield County through the Domestic Violence Resource Center, an office she designed to provide leadership to county governmental criminal justice and human services agencies to strengthen the response to domestic violence. Janett was a Clinician with the Chesterfield Community Services Board substance abuse unit and a Shelter Coordinator for the Richmond YWCA. She is the recipient of the 2004 YWCA Outstanding Woman of the Year award in government/politics for her work in Chesterfield County to build a coordinated community response to domestic violence.
As a social worker and activist, Janett has committed her career to women’s issues, human rights and social justice. She currently serves on the board of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. She also serves as a 7th Congressional District Chair for CARE- USA.
She has traveled extensively with trips to Costa Rica and Honduras in 2008 and Guatemala six times since 2009. She participated in the Guatemala Human Rights Commission August 2009 violence against women delegation under the “For the Women’s Right to Live” campaign. In 2010 she developed what would become an annual VCU Midwifery and Health trip with the Highland Support Project aimed at building partnerships to empower several Mayan communities in their quest to enhance health access, education and services in the rural Valley of Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan.
She has also volunteered in Haiti, serving as part of a team in the Central Plateau town of Hinche, working with Midwives for Haiti to improve prenatal care and birth outcomes for Haitian women. In 2014 she developed a VCU-Haiti Maternal Health Partnership with Midwives for Haiti and recieved funding from the VCU Global Education Office (GEO) in 2014 & 2015 to support student study abroad projects in Haiti.