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PopFam Seminar Series: Measuring Women’s and Children’s Health


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Please join us for The Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health's Spring 2018 Seminar Series!

We are pleased to present:

Fran Linkin, MPH
Senior Manager of Research, U.S. Program at the Center for Reproductive Rights

Evaluating Priorities: Measuring Women’s and Children’s Health and Well-being against Abortion Restrictions in the States

Monday, April 2nd
11:30 am – 12:50 pm
Conference Room B2

Does the concern that policymakers working to restrict abortion say they have for women and children translate into the passage of state policies known to improve their health and well-being, or into improved state-level health outcomes for women and children? In an effort to evaluate some of the claims of anti-abortion legislators, Ibis Reproductive Health and the Center for Reproductive Rights analyzed data from all 50 state and DC on 76 indicators of policy and public health, publishing the first volume of the ‘Evaluating Priorities’ report in 2014. Since then the Center for Reproductive Rights and Ibis Reproductive Health have worked together with dozens of state and national partners to share findings with advocates and policymakers across the country. This seminar will cover the findings from the newest edition of the Evaluating Priorities report, published in 2017, and will highlight how research can be used to illuminate key policy priorities- and cross-movement relationships- in the states.

Fran Linkin, MPH
Fran Linkin is the Senior Manager of Research for the US Program at the Center for Reproductive Rights. Fran joined the Center in March of 2014 and is responsible for ensuring that the Center’s U.S. policy, advocacy, and litigation work is informed and guided by relevant public health and social science research. In addition to tracking current research and trends, she manages research on legislative and advocacy projects and serves as a point of contact between the Center and the broader research community. Fran comes to the Center with a background in both advocacy and public health research. She was Associate Director of Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in California for several years before pursuing a masters of public health in reproductive and family health at the Mailman School at Columbia University. During the course of her MPH studies, Fran consulted with the Texas Policy Evaluation Project at the University of Texas in Austin to conduct qualitative research on barriers to reproductive health care in the state.