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Population, Family and Reproductive Health

PFRH Newsletter Fall 2018

Welcome to the fall 2018 edition of PFRH e-NEWS.  I hope each of you has enjoyed a relaxing and rejuvenating summer and is excited as I am for the start of the academic year.  We are delighted to welcome 18 new masters students and 6 new doctoral students to PFRH in addition to 20 new MPH students who are affiliated with our department.  For those of you who are on campus, please introduce yourself when you see a new face in the hallway!

This has been busy summer for PFRH students, staff, and faculty.  We have a junior faculty search under way.  Dr. Caroline Moreau is leading the search for junior faculty in the area of Population and Health and in the area of Maternal, Fetal, and Perinatal Health.  Campus visits and seminars led by the candidates have begun and will continue into the fall.

We also are delighted to share perspectives from alumna Funmi OlaOlorun who completed her PhD in 2013 and also holds an MBBS and MPH.  Currently, Funmi is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Medicine at the University of Ibadan and also serves as an Honorary consultant at the University College Hospital.

To learn about some of the ongoing work in PFRH, I encourage you to read further.  You will read about a new adolescent mental health study in Kenya, release of a new toolkit focused on coordination in the early childhood system of care in the US, the fall International Conference on Family Planning taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, the Baltimore City Summer Youth Leadership Institute, development of the Well Visit Planner --a tool to engage families in shared care planning for their children, and much, much more.

We also are expanding our communication efforts and are launching a LinkedIn Hopkins-PFRH Group. We invite you to join us and connect with colleagues with shared interests. We continue to post articles, upcoming departmental events, alumni profiles and other relevant articles on Facebook and on LinkedIn PFRH page as well. We welcome your comments and suggestions to enhance our communications with our PFRH family.

For those who no longer live in the Baltimore area, please visit PFRH should travels bring you near.  As always, I welcome your input and am most appreciative of your ongoing support of our department and all you do to support the health of populations across the life course.

Cynthia Minkovitz


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