Therese McGinn

Therese McGinn

Therese McGinn

Special Lecturer
Population and Family Health
Director, RAISE Initiative


60 Haven Avenue, B-3, Room 315
New York NY USA 10032
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Professor 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.



DrPH, 2004, Columbia Univeristy
MPH, 1983, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
BA, 1978, Cornell University

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

Columbia Affiliations

Other Affiliations

Honors & Awards

Member, Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy

Areas of Expertise

Data Management, Research Design and Methods, Community Programs and Outreach, Underserved Populations, Women's Health, Conflict and War, Global Health, Human Rights, Refugee Health, Abortion, Family Planning, Maternal Health, Reproductive Health

Select Global Activities

Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative, Chad, Myanmar, Pakistan, Yemen: 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 currently work in the Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Somalia and 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: 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.

Select 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 Francois-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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