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Population, Family and Reproductive Health

PFRH Newsletter Spring 2018

Welcome to the Spring 2018 edition of PFRH e-news. Since our last e-news, much has happened! PFRH is abuzz with amazing work applying life course principles and population science in all that we do in education, public health practice and advocacy, and research.

This past year, we welcomed three new assistant professors—Charvonne Holliday, Allison West, Linnea Zimmerman—as well as senior faculty member, Lori Heise. We also are delighted to have new faculty, Naraa Gombojav, who works with the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative, and Leah Koenig and Mengmeng Li, who joined the Global Early Adolescent Study team. And we are thrilled that Tamar Mendelson newly co-directs the Center for Adolescent Health with Phil Leaf; she will assume the directorship this fall.

At the same time, we were saddened by the loss of, Skip Dellinger, a long time faculty member and supporter of our department and the school. Skip will be fondly remembered for his deep commitment to maternal and child health education and service and his strong contributions as a colleague, mentor, and citizen of the department.

Skip would be so proud of the amazing accomplishments of our students. And he would join me in extending warm congratulations to our honors and awards recipients and our talented group of graduates—10 doctoral and 14 masters students. For those not on campus this spring, you missed amazing doctoral defenses and masters essay presentations. This year’s masters essay presentations ranged from disparities in mental health outcomes for LGBTQA autistic adults to associations between intimate partner physical violence and loaded firearms in the home to contraceptive use among female sex workers in Senegal.

Current happenings in the department include a search for two junior faculty -- one in maternal, fetal and perinatal health and another in population science. And we are knee deep in strategic planning efforts focused on expanding our education reach, enhancing communications (within and external to PFRH), and promoting citizenship. More to follow in the next newsletter!

Please follow the links to enjoy reading about many of the exciting new projects, wonderful student and faculty achievements, and impactful department initiatives in the links that follow.

I always welcome feedback about the department and also about e-NEWS content for future editions! For alumni whose travels bring you to Baltimore, please reach out. I would be delighted to welcome you back to the department.

Happy Summer and best wishes to the wonderful Class of 2018 as you embark on the next phase of your public health journey. We are so proud of each of you!!

Cynthia Minkovitz


Cynthia Minkovitz, MD, MPP
William H. Gates, Sr. Professor and Chair
Population, Family and Reproductive Health