Maggie Crosby is an MPH candidate in the Maternal and Child Health concentration at UC Berkeley. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Maggie worked for several years in the field of human rights in Minneapolis, Guatemala City, and Washington D.C. Her area of focus is the role of girls and women in conflict and post-conflict settings. Maggie has worked with both Ndola Prata and Malcolm Potts as a graduate student instructor. In 2014 she spent 3 months working with child mothers in northern Uganda to design their first-ever sexual and reproductive health curriculum
Dr. Campbell is a lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. In the 1990s she directed the population program, including reproductive rights, in the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. In 2000 she created Venture Strategies for Health and Development (VSHD), and in 2008 VSHD established its partner organization Venture Strategies Innovations. She has long been interested in world population growth, women’s empowerment, and issues of scale. She published in 2006, with medical doctors Malcolm Potts and Nuriye Hodoglugil, the first comprehensive review of the broad range of barriers in many countries that limit women’s reproductive options. With Dr. Ndola Prata and Potts she published in 2012 “The Impact of Freedom on Fertility Decline,” their paradigm explaining the slowing of population growth in a human rights framework. Dr. Campbell has written and presented on the widespread silence about the population subject since the 1990s, and the costly results around it. She serves on the boards of World Health Partners in New Delhi, the Margaret Pyke Trust in London, and the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) in Nairobi, Kenya. Her degrees are from Wellesley College and the University of Colorado.
Laura Carter serves in a dual capacity as an Associate Specialist at the Bixby Center and as a Program Research Analyst with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s Population & Reproductive Health program. She has an M.P.H. in Community Health Sciences from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. After an undergraduate experience that began with attending (and subsequently evacuating) Tulane University in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, she received her B.A. in psychology from the University of San Diego.
As a recipient of the Global Health Certificate via the UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, Laura aims to address health disparities, social justice and gender inequity among global populations. She has assisted an orphanage and women’s refuge shelter in West Africa, and researched methods for designing programs to reduce maternal mortality in rural Afghanistan. She interned with the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project, advocating for enhanced reproductive healthcare access and lobbying state legislators in Sacramento. In 2013, Laura’s policy brief on revising California’s human trafficking policies was honored by the UCLA Center for the Study of Women publication series Rethinking Policy on Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Issues, and was published in the California Digital Library.
Jennifer Luong is an undergraduate student assistant for the School of Public Health, mainly working with professors, faculty and associates part of The Bixby Center. As a current senior at UC Berkeley, she is majoring in both Cognitive Science and Public Health. She performs various tasks such as administrative duties, website maintenance, data cleaning, and graphic design. She also has helped with projects for Bixby including the OASIS Initiative Sahel Leadership Program and planning conferences.
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Fiona Gutierrez-Dewar is a former undergraduate student intern for the Bixby Center. A current sophomore at Berkeley, she is an intended public health major and premed student. She worked on projects at Bixby involving women’s empowerment and family planning and has interest areas in improving access to contraception and fertility issues. Fiona has traveled abroad and worked with rural communities in Honduras on public health and medical projects.
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Divya received her doctorate degree in epidemiology at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health in 2014 and between 2011 and 2014 served as a Bixby Doctoral Fellow. She worked on several capacity-building projects for community-based public health organizations before coming to UC Berkeley, where she earned her MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics in 2011. As an MPH student, she worked on research projects related to reproductive health and relationship violence in India and Tanzania. Later as a Bixby Doctoral Fellow, Divya conducted fieldwork in Angola and contributed to the design and analysis of ongoing Bixby projects. During her doctoral studies, Divya decided to learn Portuguese, which allowed her to successfully conduct qualitative interview on sensitive health topics in Angola. Her research interests include family planning, gender-based violence, and social determinants of reproductive health, and her dissertation focuses on how women’s reproductive health decisions and outcomes are influenced by their families and communities. She has gone on to work at Mathematica Policy Research where she conducts research focused on global health projects.
Betty Yang Zong is a recent public health and integrative biology graduate from University of California, Berkeley. She previously served as a student assistant at the Bixby Center for Population, Health, & Sustainability where she assisted in various administrative duties, website maintenance, and graphic design for publications and conferences. While at Berkeley, she was involved with Global Brigades, Public Health Advocate, and the Healthcare Debate Decal. She has also worked in researching and writing on health policy issues related to early childhood education and health for the Clinton Foundation and Next Generation’s Too Small to Fail campaign. Her research interests include social determinants of maternal and child health as well as the effects of geographic location on health access, and she hopes to pursue an MPH in the future.
Dr. Holcombe is currently an Associate Fellow at the Bixby Center at the University of California, Berkeley. She began her career in public health with the Population and Community Development Association in Bangkok, Thailand, where she helped develop proposals and evaluate programs addressing the developing HIV/AIDS epidemic. Subsequently, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, she contributed to development of measures of quality for health programs serving low-income populations as well as analyzed allied financing strategies. She has designed and led grant-making programs for reproductive health advocacy and services in Ethiopia, Mexico, and Sudan with the Packard Foundation, and developed and launched an East Africa grant-making program supporting community based provision of reproductive health services for the Bergstrom Foundation. She also directed and helped develop the Ellertson Postdoctoral Fellowship in Abortion and Reproductive Health. Her doctoral dissertation explored three facets of Ethiopia’s 2005 reform of its Penal Code with respect to abortion: agenda-setting and the factors underlying this reform, the roles of obstetrician-gynecologists in advancing reform of law, and the attitudes of midwives toward providing abortion care services. Her current research interests include medical professionals’ roles in policy reform; the politics and implementation of task-sharing; and strategies for measuring quality in community-based services and during scale-up of reproductive health services.
Alisha Graves is Co-Founder of the OASIS Initiative. Alisha completed her MPH in International Maternal and Child Health at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health in 2006. She worked for six years as Senior Program Manager for Venture Strategies Innovations to improve access to misoprostol – a generic, essential medicine. In this role, she worked on policy initiatives, drug registration, and operations research in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.
Courtney Henderson, MPH, DrPH(c) is a Doctor of Public Health candidate in the School of Public Health at University of California, Berkeley and a Bixby Doctoral Fellow. She received her undergraduate degree at Cornell University in 2004 and her Master of Public Health degree at Brown University in 2009.
She has held administrative positions in academia and development positions in the non-profit sector, and has worked on both domestic and international programs. Prior to coming to UC Berkeley, she worked at Brown University as the Administrative Director of the Rhode Island Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, where she was engaged in the design and implementation of clinical research initiatives across multiple institutions, and oversaw the preparation and execution of a $20 million Clinical and Translational Sciences Award proposal to the National Institutes of Health.
Her prior research focused on health disparities in breast and cervical cancer screening, and barriers to HPV vaccination among incarcerated populations. Currently, her research interests include access to health services and technologies in developing countries, reproductive health, evaluation research, qualitative methods, and public health ethics. Her dissertation focuses on identifying barriers to contraceptive services and technologies among rural, economically marginalized women living in Northern India.