To ensure that all communities in South Carolina are healthy and thriving, Aditi leads mixed methods research efforts on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), race equity, community mobilization, as well as examining policies, programs and practices that improve family and community resilience. Most recently, she served as the primary author of the organization’s signature prevention framework, the Empower Action Model, an evidence-based tool for building resilience.
In her role, Aditi also oversees the South Carolina Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Initiative and KIDS COUNT South Carolina, in which she directs all data dissemination and translates research for action within the organization and for partners. To support the high-quality programs and initiatives at Children’s Trust, she helps build capacity of communities to make data-driven decisions that are equitable, sustainable, and promote population health through content expertise, strategic communications, and training. Aditi is an ACE master trainer and represents the agency on several committees and initiatives.
Aditi received her Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health as a Doris Duke Foundation Fellow. She holds a master’s degree in public health from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in American government from the University of Virginia.
Her research interests include health communications, health disparities and racial inequities, child health policy, and risk behavior prevention. She currently is serving as a Mayor appointed member of the city of Columbia’s Complete Count Committee for the 2020 U.S. Census. She was also selected by the Society for Public Health Education’s board of trustees to serve as an editorial board member for Health Promotion Practice, a premier public health peer-reviewed journal.