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Population, Family and Reproductive Health

PFRH E-Newsletter Spring 2017

Welcome to the first edition of PFRH e-NEWS. I am particularly delighted and honored to share this update in my new role as Chair of the department. PFRH continues to forge a bold and innovative path in applying life course principles and population science in our work in education, public health practice and advocacy, and research.

We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Bob Blum for his wonderful leadership of the Department for 12 years. And in case you are wondering, he remains fully engaged in the department and school as he continues leading the Urban Health Institute, teaching and launching the next phases of the Global Early Adolescent Study in partnership with Kristin Mmari, Caroline Moreau, and many others.

PFRH has exciting new projects, wonderful student and faculty achievements, and the growth of major department initiatives. It has been particularly rewarding to reconnect with alumni at recent conferences including the Population Association of America (PAA) at which Amy Tsui delivered a fantastic Presidential address, “Contraception, A Social Vaccine.” It was also wonderful to see so many of our PFRH alumni, students, current and former faculty at the PAA reception. At the Pediatric Academic Societies meetings, I enjoyed the opportunity to see alumnae including Sue Braid, an Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University where she directs the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program and Kamila Mistry, Senior Advisor, Child Health and Quality Improvement and Director, Division of Priority Populations Research at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Other exciting happenings within the department include recruitment for a postdoctoral fellow in Maternal and Child Health, the launch of recruitment for junior faculty, and a search for a senior faculty in Adolescent Health linked to both the Center for Adolescent Health and the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, positions you can find in our Career page.

Enjoy the updates in e-NEWS and please share thoughts 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 distinguished Class of 2017 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