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Therese McGinn

Associate Professor of Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center

Director, Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative

Therese McGinn, DrPH, is principal investigator of the Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative. Previously and also at the Mailman School, she served as deputy director of the Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program (AMDD) and as principal investigator of the Monitoring and Evaluation Program of the Reproductive Health Response in Conflict Consortium. During her 30 years of public health work in resource-poor settings globally, Dr. McGinn has focused on using sound data collection and analysis to improve the scope and quality of reproductive health services, in order for men and women to make important choices about their sexual and reproductive lives. She has worked most extensively in Africa, and also in Latin America, Asia and Europe. Over the last two decades, her work has focused on implementation science related to establishing reproductive health services in countries affected by armed conflict. In addition to her applied research activities globally and teaching responsibilities, Dr. McGinn participates in professional conferences and contributes to professional literature.   View Faculty CV here (PDF).
Education & Training:

    DrPH, 2004, Columbia Univeristy

    MPH, 1983, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

    BA, 1978, Cornell University

Honors and Awards:
  • Member, Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy
  • Selected Editorial Boards

    • Editorial Board, Conflict and Health
    • Co-Editor, Special issue of peer-review journal, Disasters, on reproductive health of conflict-affected populations, 2004
    • Member, Columbia University Journal of Global Public Health Working Group
    Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative Project URL: http://www.raiseinitiative.org

    The Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative is catalyzing change in how reproductive health (RH) is addressed in emergencies. The RAISE Initiative aims to address the RH needs of refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and others affected by humanitarian crisis. We work by applying the power of cooperative partnerships with humanitarian and development agencies, governments, United Nations (UN) bodies, advocacy agencies and academic institutions and adhering to the public health principles of equity and evidence-based practice. We work in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Pakistan, Yemen and Myanmar.
    Countries: Chad;Myanmar;Pakistan;Yemen

    Integrating Family Planning with Maternal and Child Health Services to Reduce Unmet Need for Family Planning in Liberia
    The RAISE Initiative is working with the International Rescue Committee in Lofa County, Liberia to measure the effects of integrated family planning and maternal, newborn and child health care at health facilities and in communities by Community Health Volunteers on family planning and MNCH outcomes including acceptance and continued use of FP, child immunization, and postnatal care and to identify the key factors influencing successful integration.

    Reproductive Health Response in Conflict Consortium Project URL: http://www.rhrc.org

    The Reproductive Health Response in Conflict (RHRC) Consortium is dedicated to the promotion of reproductive health among all persons affected by armed conflict. The RHRC Consortium promotes sustained access to comprehensive, high quality reproductive health programs in emergencies and advocates for policies that support reproductive health of persons affected by armed conflict.

Selected Publications:
  • McGinn, Therese. Reducing Death and Disability from Unsafe Abortion. Chapter 19 in The Routledge International Handbook on Global Public Health. Richard Parker and Marni Sommer, Editors. Routledge, Oxford, United Kingdom: 191-198. 2011.
  • McGinn, Therese, Judy Austin, Katherine Anfinson, Ribka Amsalu, Sara E Casey, Shihab Ibrahim Fadulalmula, Anne Langston, Louise Lee-Jones, Janet Meyers, Frederick Kintu Mubiru, Melissa Sharer, Mary Yetter. “Family Planning in conflict: results of cross-sectional baseline surveys in three African countries. Conflict and Health 2011, 5:11
  • Therese McGinn, Katherine Allen *McGinn, Therese, Katherine Allen. Improving refugees’ reproductive health through literacy in Guinea Journal of Global Public Health. 1 229-248 2000
  • Alicia Yamin Learning to Dance: Advancing Women's Reproductive Health and Well-Being from the Perspectives of Public Health and Human Rights Harvard University François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights Boston 61-63 2005
  • McGinn, Therese, Susan Purdin Editorial: Reproductive Health and Conflict: Looking Back and Moving Ahead Journal of Diaster Studies, Policies and Management 28(3) 2004
  • Casey, Sara E., Mandi M. Larsen, Therese McGinn, Moi-Tenga Sartie, Mohamed Dauda, Princess Lahai. Findings on HIV knowledge, behaviors, attitudes among youth in Port Loko, Sierra Leone. Journal of Global Public Health 1 249-263 2006
  • Austin, Judith, Samantha Guy, Louise Lee-Jones, Therese McGinn, Jennifer Schlecht Reproductive health: A right for refugees and internally displaced persons Reproductive Health Matters 16 10-21 2008
  • McGinn, Therese Reproductive health of war-affected populations: What do we know? International Family Planning Perspectives 26(4) 174-180 2000
  • McGinn, Therese, Katherine Allen Improving refugees’ reproductive health through literacy in Guinea Journal of Global Public Health 1 229-248 2006
  • Bartlett, Linda, Susan Purdin, Therese McGinn Forced migrants – turning rights into reproductive health. The Lancet 363 76-77 2004

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