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Population, Family and Reproductive Health

PFRH E-NEWS Spring 2020

Welcome to the spring 2020 edition of PFRH E-NEWS.

We are so proud of all that our alumni, students, faculty and staff are doing to address the COVID-19 pandemic. There are no greater examples of the Power of Public Health than the happenings in PFRH, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and in all of our communities. Each day reaffirms the critical importance of life course and population health.

We have had a highly unusual end of the academic year as most of us work and live remotely. Virtual meetings and celebrations, Zoom master essay presentations, and remote doctoral dissertation defenses have become our (temporary) new normal.

The challenges around us are many, but our graduates provide us with renewed hope. Warm congratulations to our terrific graduates. It is a true mark of their resilience and many talents to be able to complete their degrees during this time of transition and disruption.

We celebrate the impressive achievements of our PFRH family. Congratulations to Indu Bhushan who received the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association Global Achievement Award. Donna Strobino is this year’s Ernest Lyman Stebbins Medal honoree, a schoolwide award recognizing her extensive educational contributions to both the department and school. We also are delighted to celebrate the appointments of Phil Anglewicz as the William G. Robertson Jr. Professorship in Population and Family Planning and Maria Trent as the inaugural Division Chief for Adolescent Young Adult Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics. BSPH also recognized Katrina Brooks, with the Center for Adolescent Health, for Excellence in US Public Health Practice.

In PFRH E-NEWS, we also welcome perspectives from alumna Liz Bayer, who now works with Advance Family Planning.

To learn about some of the ongoing work in PFRH, I encourage you to read further. You will read about the development of a reproductive health community-contributed COVID-19 resources hub, the future of well child care, Success Sessions for Baltimore youth, home visiting services for parents with learning difficulties, and much more.

At this time, we also are saddened at the loss of Laurie Zabin, Professor Emerita and founding Director of the Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health. Please join me in celebrating her incredible legacy. Laurie was and will continue to be an inspiration to generations of public health scholars in adolescent sexual and reproductive health.

As always, I welcome your input and am most appreciative of your ongoing support of our department.

Best wishes and good health.

Cynthia Minkovitz


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