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.
Honors & Awards
Areas of Expertise
Select Urban Health 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
Select Global Activities
Policy Responses to Fertility Decline , Canada; Sweden: 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
Soros Reproductive Health and Rights Fellowship: 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: Dr. Chavkin is co-founder of Global Doctors for Choice, an international group of doctors committed to advocacy for reproductive health and choice globally.
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