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Population, Family and Reproductive Health

PFRH Newsletter Spring 2019

Welcome to the fifth edition of PFRH e-news. Much has happened this past academic year and we are delighted to share highlights! PFRH continues to engage in impactful 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 two junior faculty—Phil Anglewicz and Alison Gemmill.  And Tamar Mendelson wonderfully assumed leadership of the Center for Adolescent Health. These faculty have arrived at an exciting time when multiple PFRH Centers and initiatives have succeeded with renewals and expansions in funding.

Please join me in extending warm congratulations to our honors and awards recipients and our talented group of graduates—8 doctoral and 15 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 understanding provider perspectives about engaging men in postpartum family planning services in Ethiopia to a systematic review of warm handoffs to facilitate receipt of family services.

Enjoy hearing from two of our alums—Erin Pearson, PhD and Emma Posner, MSPH.  Erin is now a Senior Researcher at Ipas and Emma works with the Home Visiting Initiative at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Current happenings in the department include a search for a junior faculty in child health.  We also are pleased to have increased PhD packages for incoming students to include 4 years of tuition, health insurance and the clinic fee.  However, we recognize the high cost of graduate education and continue to seek additional opportunities to support all graduate students in the department. 

Our department’s strategic planning efforts have focused on expanding our educational reach, enhancing communications (within and external to PFRH), and promoting citizenship.  These efforts align well with the school’s strategic plan.  As you read further, you will find much related news—from new PFRH Citizenship Awards to a new joint BA/MSPH program.

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

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 2019 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