Global WACh

May 30, 2019

Global WACh’s Next Big Thing 2019: Putting Women at the Center of Family Planning Innovations

On Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 at the UW Husky Union Building Lyceum, Global WACh hosted its annual “Next Big Thing” year-end celebration to highlight the achievements of the Center over the past year in research, training, and service. This year’s theme was “Putting Women at the Center of Family Planning Innovations.”  Drs. Alison Drake and Jennifer Unger, co-directors of Global WACh’s Family Planning Decision Support Scientific Priority Area, invited collaborators across the Departments of Global Health, Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN), and Epidemiology to showcase their emerging expertise and partnerships in family planning efforts and advancements.  Dr. Christine Dehlendorf of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), gave the keynote address on advocating for providers to move towards person-centered and justice-informed family planning care to better support women’s contraceptive needs and choices.

Event Program

Keynote: Moving towards Person-Centered and Justice-Informed Family Planning Care Dr. Christine Dehlendorf, MD, MAS (Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Family and Community Medicine; Director, Person-Centered Reproductive Health Program, UCSF)
Using A Web-Based Tool to Promote Person-Centered Family Planning in VA Primary Care Dr. Lisa Callegari, MD, MPH (Assistant Professor, UW OB/GYN)
“Spoiled” girls: Understanding the social context of adolescent pregnancy and contraceptive use in Kenya Dr. Elizabeth Harrington, MD (Acting Assistant Professor, UW OB/GYN)
An SMS-based approach to collecting data on contraceptive experiences and behaviors among Kenyan women Claire Watt Rothschild, MS (Pre-doctoral Fellow, UW Epidemiology)


Speakers from left to right: Dr. Christine Dehlendorf, Dr. Lisa Callegari, Dr. Jennifer Unger, Dr. Alison Drake, Claire Rothschild, Dr. Liz Harringon

The evening included a reception and poster session featuring capstone projects by graduating students of the Global WACh Graduate Certificate Program, led by Dr. Drake.  We are proud of our 2019 graduating cohort and recognize our students’ achievements below with their completed degree program and capstone project title.

  • Shelley Brandstetter, DNP (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner)
    PATH Breastmilk Bank Decision Tree
  • Miriana Duran, MPH (Global Health)
    Strengthening Human Milk Banking: Developing Standards for Development of Context-Specific Guidelines
  • Jaclyn Escudero, MPH (Global Health)
    Experiences with Pediatric HIV Disclosure Among Caregivers in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Julia Guerette, MPH (Global Health)
    A comparative analysis of two program monitoring tools in India: Video analysis vs. ODK mobile app
  • Brenda Kharono, MPH (Global Health)
    Access and intake of human milk and newborn nutrition team in the MNCH and Nutrition Program at PATH – development of a comprehensive toolkit for standards on human milk banking
  • Melissa Krell, DNP (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner)
    Developing reference modules for health hotline works in Malawi: A collaboration with VillageReach
  • Sarah Lawrence, MPH (Global Health)
    Minimally Invasive Tissue Sampling Among Hospital-Based Child Deaths in Blantyre, Malawi: The Role of Social Relationships
  • Mosope Oyewole, MPH (Global Health)
  • Erin Picolet, DNP (Nurse-Midwifery)
    Investigating midwifery practices in Nepal
  • Lauren Rotkis, DNP (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner)
    Ultrasound Midwifery Training Program in Ghana: Will it increase antenatal detection of congenital anomalies?
  • Manahil Siddiqi, MPH (Community Oriented Public Health Practice)
    Child Marriage and HIV: Uncovering the Evidence and Setting Policy and Programmatic Priorities
  • Meredith Wang, MPA/MPH (Public Administration, Global Health)
    Sustainability of Nasal High Flow in a Peruvian Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: A Qualitative Analysis
  • Rabi Yunusa, MPH (Global Health)
    Examining Holistic Post-Violence Women Survival Programs in Nigeria: A Case Study of Tallafi Program, Nigeria

View our gallery below for photos from the reception.