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Reproductive Health 2012

Reproductive Health 2012
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Conference Ambassador Scholars

Jennifer Brodsky, RN, MPH
Jennifer Brodsky is training to become a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) at the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing. Prior to nursing, she worked in international health in rural Latin America. After Jennifer earned her Masters of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology, she worked as an epidemiologist for the California Department of Public Health, where she investigated communicable disease outbreaks. As an FNP, she plans to have a clinical and research career caring for Spanish-speaking families and incarcerated populations, with an emphasis on reproductive health education.
Megan Evans, MD
Dr. Megan Evans is an Ob/Gyn resident at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA.  She received her medical degree from The George Washington School of Medicine in Washington, DC, her MPH from Boston University in Maternal and Child Health, and her BA from Wellesley College in Neuroscience and Women’s Studies.  During medical school, she served as national president of Medical Students for Choice and spoke at numerous conferences on pro-choice issues.  She is interested in pursuing a family planning fellowship after residency. 
Lauren Nevarez Kendall
Lauren Kendall is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Illinois’ Chicago College of Medicine.  Lauren spent six years in Madison, WI, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies and Biology and discovered her passions for equal rights, women’s health, and good cheese. Before enrolling in medical school, Lauren worked for the Planned Parenthood affiliate in Chicago. She continues her advocacy work as a medical student through focusing her free time on student and community groups that empower those without a voice including domestic violence survivors, the homeless, immigrants, and shelter animals. Lauren is looking forward to becoming a physician in family medicine and plans to focus on family planning and/or integrative health.  In her free time, she loves to travel, dance, play music, and read. 
Elizabeth Wiley
Elizabeth Wiley is national president of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and is completing her fourth year of medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. A native of Nashville, she received a B.A. in philosophy and women’s studies from Smith College. After completing her undergraduate degree, Ms. Wiley spent two years teaching middle school in Detroit as a Teach for America corps member. She then earned both a JD and MPH in health policy from the University of Michigan. Prior to beginning medical school, Ms. Wiley spent a year in Norway conducting health policy research with the generous support of a Fulbright grant. She currently serves on the American Medical Student Association’s Board of Trustees, the American Medical Student Association Foundation’s Board of Directors, and the National Resident Matching Program’s Board of Directors. Committed to primary care, Liz aspires to a career as a physician advocate and hopes to practice medicine in one of our nation's community health centers.

Gary Stewart Scholar

Nicole Smith
Nicole Smith is completing her PhD in Health Behavior through the Department of Applied Health Science at Indiana University (IU). She is also the Research Coordinator for the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at IU. 

For the past decade, Ms. Smith has worked as an advocate for women’s reproductive and sexual health issues.  She began as a direct care worker at a therapeutic maternity home for pregnant and parenting teen mothers.  Nicole obtained her undergraduate degree from Carroll College in her hometown of Helena, Montana. From there, she completed her Master’s degree in Public Health at Portland State University and worked for two years in the Montana Title X Family Planning program.  It was due to her experience in the field of family planning that she decided to pursue her doctoral degree and focus her research on issues that lie at the intersection of reproductive and sexual health.

Ms. Smith’s dissertation will be conducted in partnership with several Title X family planning clinics throughout Montana.  She will use a prospective design to study the impact of hormonal contraception on women’s sexual experiences.  Nicole hopes to conduct meaningful and much-needed research on women’s sexual and reproductive health issues, and is dedicated to translating her research into practice in an effort to help inform health policy and public health programs and interventions.