Larissa Puro is the communications manager for the USC Institute for Global Health.
She designs, develops and manages the institute’s websites and social media, and is also the videographer, photographer, writer, editor and graphic designer. She manages content production for storytelling and communications-related research projects and advises and develops branding, marketing and communications strategies for the institute’s partners both internationally and at USC. Additionally, Larissa served as the USC technical lead for the Uganda maternal health storytelling project Maama Ne Maama and a cervical cancer project with the American Cancer society in Zambia. She advises communications endeavors for the Association for Pacific Rim Universities, East Africa GEOHealth Hub, Program on Global Health & Human Rights and others. She has presented her lectures on global health communications at conferences and in public health courses and trained journalists in East Africa regarding public health reporting.
Larissa received both her master’s in professional non-fiction writing and bachelor’s in print and digital journalism from USC, graduating with honors in multimedia scholarship. She is interested in the documentation of global health issues through the intersection of innovative technologies and traditional storytelling. She has written, photographed, designed and consulted for non-profits, startups, government organizations and various media outlets and previously interned with USC Institute for Global Health, Los Angeles magazine, The Tribune in San Luis Obispo and the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation.