Wendy Chavkin

Wendy Chavkin

Special Lecturer/ Professor Emerita
Population and Family Health

Office/Address:

60 Haven Ave B-2New York NY 10032
Phone:
212-304-5220
Fax:
212-305-7024
Email:

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.

Topics

Education

MPH, 1981, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
MD, 1978, SUNY
BA, 1973, University of Michigan

Columbia 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 & 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

Areas of Expertise

Birth Outcomes, Infant Mortality, Maternal Health, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Healthcare Policy, Welfare Programs, Women's Health, Abortion, Family Planning, Fertility / Infertility Issues, Prenatal/Perinatal Care, Reproductive Health, Reproductive Rights, Poverty, Social / Cultural Issues, Addiction/Drug Abuse

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.

Select 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

Back to Top