Suzanne Bell is a recent graduate of the Maternal and Child Health Program at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. As an MPH student at Berkeley, Suzanne sought every opportunity to focus on international maternal health. For her summer practicum, she worked in Bangladesh as a Bixby Center Summer Fellow, helping complete the next phase of Bixby’s Misoprostol Pilot Project. The primary objective of this study was to reduce the incidence of postpartum hemorrhage, the leading cause of maternal mortality worldwide. Upon her return, she continued to focus on the reproductive needs of women in low-resource settings as Dr. Ndola Prata’s graduate student researcher. Suzanne was also selected as a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow both years, focusing on East Africa and completing her language studies through Advanced Swahili.
Before her time at Berkeley, Suzanne graduated from UCLA in 2007. Following graduation, she volunteered with Support for International Change (SIC), an NGO that works to limit the impact of HIV/AIDS in the underserved communities of Tanzania. Finding a real connection with the reproductive health needs of Tanzanian women, she continued to work with SIC as a coordinator. Her current research interests lie in improving women’s reproductive health in low-resource settings, focusing primarily on increasing access to family planning and safe abortion.
Suzanne is currently an Associate Specialist at the Bixby Center.