Jessica B. Oliveira, DMS, MSPA-C

Humanities, Health, and Society

Office: GL 475

Phone: 305-348-7975


Areas of Interest: Social determinants of health, health equity, family medicine, population health, global health, maternal health, health literacy

Jessica B. Oliveira D.M.Sc, MSPA-C, is a family medicine Physician Assistant in the Green Family Foundation Neighborhood Health Education Learning Program (NeighborhoodHELP). Oliveira connects uninsured and recently hospitalized patients to NeighborhoodHELP, where she addresses their social determinants of health and provides and coordinates comprehensive health services to improve health outcomes.  

An advocate for women and underserved communities globally, Oliveira has worked abroad as a medical volunteer with multiple organizations since 2008. She continues to serve as the director of Saving Mothers in Guatemala and founded its School of Providing Outreach in Women's Health and Educational Resources (POWHER) in 2014.  


DMSc (Doctor of Medical Science), Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN 
MSPA (Master of Science in Physician Assistant), Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ 
B.S., Exercise and Sports Physiology, Florida International University, Miami, FL 

Areas of Interest

  • Social determinants of health
  • Health equity
  • Family medicine
  • Population health
  • Global health
  • Maternal health
  • Health literacy


National Commission on  Certification of Physician Assistants 

Selected Publications  

  1. Hernandez S, Oliveira JB, Sosof CM, Lawrence E, Shirazian T. Adapting antenatal care in a rural LMIC during COVID-19: A low literacy checklist to mitigate risk for community health workers. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics. 2020;151(2):289-291. doi: 
  2. Hernandez S, Oliveira JB, Shirazian T. How a Training Program Is Transforming the Role of Traditional Birth Attendants from Cultural Practitioners to Unique Health-care Providers: A Community Case Study in Rural Guatemala. Front Public Health. 2017;5:111. doi:10.3389/fpubh.2017.00111
  3. Hernandez S, Oliveira J, Jones L, Chumil J, Shirazian T. Impact of Standardized Prenatal Clinical Training for Traditional Birth Attendants in Rural Guatemala. Healthcare. 2018;6(2):60. doi:10.3390/healthcare6020060 
  4. Hernandez S, Oliveira J, Cuc JC, Shirazian T. Prenatal Skills Pilot Study of Graduates from a Traditional Birth Attendant Training Program in Rural Guatemala [5M]. Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2018;131(1):142S-142S. doi:10.1097/01.AOG.0000533061.05212.98 
  5. Chaudhry S, Oliveira J, Shirazian T. The Emerging Role of the Comadrona as a Broker Between Ancient Cultural Beliefs and Modern Biomedicalization to Improve Maternal Health Care in Guatemala. In: Schwartz DA, ed. Maternal Death and Pregnancy-Related Morbidity Among Indigenous Women of Mexico and Central America: An Anthropological, Epidemiological, and Biomedical Approach. Global Maternal and Child Health. Springer International Publishing; 2018:599-616. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-71538-4_31