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Wendy Chavkin

Special Lecturer/ Professor Emerita of Population and Family Health

and:
Special Lecturer / Professor Emerita of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Physicians and Surgeons

Biography:
Dr. Wendy Chavkin is co-founder of Global Doctors for Choice and previously served as the chair to the Board of Directors of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health. IN 2004-2005 she was a Fulbright New Century Scholar for her research on Fertility Decline and the Empowerment of Women, from 1994 to 2002 she was editor-in-chief of The Journal of the American Medical Women's Association, and from 1984 to 1988, the director of The Bureau of Maternity Services and Family Planning in New York City's Department of Health. She has written extensively about women's reproductive health issues , including the consequences of welfare reform for the health of women and children, HIV and illegal drug use in pregnancy, policy responses to declining birthrates, and conscientious objection to providing reproductive health care. She has received numerous awards from public health organizations for advocacy including the Jean Pakter and Allan Rosenfield awards.
Education & Training:

    MPH, 1981, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

    MD, 1978, SUNY

    BA, 1973, University of Michigan

Affiliation(s):

University Affiliations:

  • Center For Homelessness Prevention Studies  
  • Multidisciplinary Training in Gender, Sexuality, and Health  

Additional Affiliations:

  • Director, Soros Reproductive Health and Rights Fellowship, 2002-2006
  • Chair, Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health, 2001-2007
  • Chair (Interim), Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, 2000-2002
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of American Medical Women's Association, 1994-2002
  • Associate Editor, American Journal of Public Health, 1999-2003
  • Director, Bureau of Maternity Services and Family Planning, New York City Department of Health, 1984-1988
Honors and Awards:
  • Felicia Stewart Advocacy Award, 2007
  • Bertha Van Hoosen Award, American Medical Women?s Association, 2003
  • President?s Award, American Medical Women?s Association, 2002
  • Allan Rosenfield Award 2009
  • Jean Pakter Award 2013
Selected
New York City
Activities:
    Finding Common Ground
    Study of impact of welfare reform on health of women and children of Washington Heights

    NYC Dept of Health
    Consultant re infant and maternal mortality.

    Planned Parenthood, NYC
    Member, Medical Committee

Selected
Global
Activities:
    Policy Responses to Fertility Decline
    Comparative study of policies re work-family and assisted reproductive technologies as responses to declining birthrates. Edited The Globalization of Motherhood: deconstructions and reconstructions of biology and care ( Routledge 2010) and co-edited volume on globalized fatherhood forthcoming Berghahn Press 2014
    Countries: Canada; Sweden

    Soros Reproductive Health and Rights Fellowship Project URL: http://www.soros.org/initiatives/repro/focus_areas/reproductive_fellowships

    Dr. Chavkin was the Director of the Soros Reproductive Health and Rights Fellowship, which brought together scholar-activists from around the world to to focus on reproductive rights and health policy questions.


    Global Doctors for Choice Project URL: http://www.globaldoctorsforchoice.org

    Dr. Chavkin is co-founder of Global Doctors for Choice, an international group of doctors committed to advocacy for reproductive health and choice globally.


Selected Publications:
  • Chavkin W, Leitman E, Polin K Conscientious objection and refusal to provide reproductive healthcare: A White Paper examining prevalence, health consequences, and policy responses International Journal of Gynecology &Obstetrics Volume 123, Supplement 3 December 2013
  • Chavkin W and Maher,JM eds The Globalization of Motherhood: deconstructions and reconstructions of biology and care Routledge Press 2010
  • Rosenfield A, Charo RA, Chavkin W. Moving Forward on Reproductive Health New England Journal of Medicine 359 1869 2008
  • Chavkin,W.,Rosenbaum,S. et al Mailman School of Public Health New York Mailman School of Public Health 2008
  • Renee Bischoff and Wendy Chavkin Mailman School of Public Health New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 2008
  • Rachel Silvey and Isabella Bakker Gender, Globalization and Governance
  • Carolyn Elliott Global Empowerment of Women: Responses to Globalization, Politicized Religions and Gender Violence Routledge Press 18 2006 (in press)
  • Where Human Rights Begin: Essays on Health, Sexuality and Women, Ten Years After Vienna, Cairo and Beijing Rutgers University Press 2005
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