Community Engagement and Outreach

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Associate Dean for Community Initiatives

A Message from Lourdes Baezconde Garbanati, PhD

Communities are at the center of our lives. Many of our faculty, staff, students, and trainees engage in local, national, and international level research, outreach and engagement initiatives to reduce health inequities in our diverse communities. We do so by utilizing the most innovative and impactful strategies and culturally grounded community-based participatory methods,  arriving at solutions that stem from within our communities themselves. We hope you join us, as together with our diverse communities’ we develop creative and precise solutions to emerging and persistent public health problems our society faces today.


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Maternal Health in Southern Africa

Maternal Health in Southern Africa

For many women around the world, pregnancy is a time of discovery. Routine screenings aim to protect mothers and their fetuses from infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis. Jeffrey Klausner, MD, MPH, clinical...

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Influencing Policy

Expanding the Evidence Base on Reproductive Health

In the last 10 years, there are only 3 countries in the world that have gone backwards on abortion: El Salvador, Poland, and the United States. Every other country has been static, or has taken steps to decriminalize or legalize abortion because of the realization of...

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A mental health superhero takes the White House

Carla Ibarra’s heart still skips a beat when she recalls her trip to Washington D.C. this past May. The MPH candidate visited the White House as part of MTV’s first Mental Health Youth Action Forum. There, she met with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, First Lady Dr. Jill...

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