Latanya Mapp Frett

Latanya Mapp Frett

Latanya Mapp Frett

Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being positive about what could go right.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Population and Family Health


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Latanya Mapp Frett is the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Global, the international arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, with regional and country offices in Africa and Latin America. She has quadrupled the size of the program in four years to become one of the most innovative and sustainable global health organizations in the field. Ms. Frett previously worked for 8 years as a human rights officer for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and for 10 years with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Ms. Frett served as a delegate to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 and continues to fight for the human rights of women. An attorney by training, she began her career at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund in Washington, DC. She has received many honors and awards, including two Esteemed Meritorious Honor Awards from the U.S. government and the highest honor in civil service, the Superior Honor Award, from the U.S. State Department. Ms. Frett was one of 30 Foreign Service Officers honored with the Colin Powell Fellowship by then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Ms. Frett currently serves on the Board of Directors at Oxfam America and CHANGE, and is an Adjunct Professor of Population and Family Health at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Ms. Frett is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and author of four U.N. human rights reports and manuals. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Alum of ICAP. She is a member of the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a bachelor of arts in government and politics, a master's in public policy, and a JD from the University of Maryland. Ms. Frett currently resides in Nairobi, Kenya with her family. Last year, she relocated the organization's headquarters to Nairobi to bring the organization closer to the work on the ground.



BA, 1991, University of Maryland at College Park
MPA, 1994, University of Maryland
JD, 1995, University of Maryland School of Law

Mailman Affiliations

Investigator and Adjunct Asst Professor, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health

Other Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

Community Programs and Outreach, Community-Based Healthcare, Discrimination/Bias, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Gender Bias, Social / Cultural Issues, Social Factors in Health, Stigma, Underserved Populations, Violence, Women's Health, Health Literacy, Health Worker Education, Life-course Approach to Prevention, Public Health Education, Public Health Leadership and Management, Global Health Diplomacy, Global Health, Human Rights, HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Sexuality, Abortion, Contraception, Family Planning, Genital Mutilation, Reproductive Health, Reproductive Rights, Sex Education and Safe Sex

Select Urban Health Activities

The Children's Village - Inwood House: Established in 1830, Inwood House was for many years the only organization focused on providing comprehensive services to pregnant and parenting teens and on pregnancy prevention education in New York City. Inwood House merged with The Children’s Village in 2016 and the Inwood House programs are now part of “Inwood House at The Children’s Village.” Latanya Mapp Frett was a former Trustee for Inwood House and as such oversaw the successful merger with the Children's Village.

Select Global Activities

Planned Parenthood Global, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda: For more than 45 years, Planned Parenthood Global, the international arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, has worked overseas to break down barriers to health care. In partnership with more than 100 organizations across Africa and Latin America, it advances the health and rights of young people, women, and families, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable and underserved. Planned Parenthood does not operate health centers outside the United States. Instead, it empowers local partners and allies with resources, information, and support to stand strong on their own. The organization helps grassroots organizations develop solid reproductive health programs, identify other sources of funding, build their communications and advocacy skills, and develop strategic plans.
Oxfam America, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Chad, Colombia, Congo (Kinshasa), Democratic Republic of the, Cuba, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vanuatu, Vietnam: Oxfam is a global organization working to end the injustice of poverty. It helps people build better futures for themselves, hold the powerful accountable, and save lives in disasters. Its mission is to tackle the root causes of poverty and create lasting solutions. Nearly one out of every three people lives in poverty. Oxfam sees a future in which no one does. The way Oxfam sees it, poverty is solvable—A problem rooted in injustice. Eliminate injustice and you can eliminate poverty. This is not to say it will be quick or easy, but it can be done. Oxfam won't patch a problem and then disappear. Oxfam won't stand by silently and watch others suffer. Instead, Oxfam will stand together against injustice. It recognizes its responsibility to hold the powerful accountable. It sees people’s power to change their lives. It disturbs Oxfam that in a world as rich as ours, many of us go hungry or don’t have clean water. Many of us can’t claim our human rights. It’s wrong. And together we aim to do what’s right.
Columbia University Global Gag Rule Research, Kenya, Madagascar, Nepal: In January 2017, the President reinstated the Mexico City Policy, also informally referred to as the Global Gag Rule (GGR). Given the policy’s implications for health, it is critical to track and document the impact of this expanded policy on access to contraception and abortion services, and on related SRH and maternal health outcomes such as HIV and STI testing and treatment, and antenatal care. As an institution that combines the implementation of rigorous research with on-the-ground programming, and has deep partnerships with academic institutions and community-based organizations and NGOs, HDFPH is well positioned to carry out this work. The primary objective of this research is to answer the question, “How does the Mexico City Policy affect the provision of and access to SRH services?”

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