Therese McGinn

Therese McGinn

Therese McGinn

Professor Emerita
Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health


Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, 60 Haven Ave B2

New York NY USA 10032

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Therese McGinn is the Founding Principal Investigator of the Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative. Previously and also at the Mailman School, she served as deputy director of the Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program (AMDD) and as principal investigator of the Monitoring and Evaluation Program of the Reproductive Health Response in Conflict Consortium. During her 30+ years of public health work in resource-poor settings globally, Dr. McGinn focused on using sound data collection and analysis to improve the scope and quality of reproductive health services, in order for men and women to make important choices about their sexual and reproductive lives. She worked most extensively in Africa, and also in Latin America, Asia and Europe. Over the last two decades, her work has focused on implementation science related to establishing reproductive health services in countries affected by armed conflict. In addition to her applied research activities globally and teaching responsibilities, Dr. McGinn chairs a global humanitarian initiative, mentors MSPH doctoral students, participates in professional conferences and contributes to professional literature.



DrPH, 2004, Columbia Univeristy
MPH, 1983, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
BA, 1978, Cornell University

Editorial Boards

Editorial Board, Conflict and Health

Co-Editor, Special issue of peer-review journal, Disasters, on reproductive health of conflict-affected populations, 2004

Member, Columbia University Journal of Global Public Health Working Group

Other Affiliations

Honors & Awards

Member, Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy

Areas of Expertise

Community Programs and Outreach, Underserved Populations, Women's Health, Conflict and War, Global Health, Human Rights, Refugee Health, Abortion, Child and Maternal Mortality, Contraception, Family Planning, Maternal Health, Reproductive Health, Reproductive Rights, Public Health Education

Select Global Activities

Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative: The Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative is catalyzing change in how reproductive health (RH) is addressed in emergencies. Access to sexual and reproductive health care is a basic human right. Yet integrated and fully comprehensive reproductive health services are not the norm in most emergency settings. People are displaced from their homes for many reasons, and an overwhelming number of preventable deaths and illnesses related to reproductive health affect populations in crisis. The people within these affected communities require reproductive health care. Our sense of global responsibility demands that we address their urgent need.

Select Publications

Chynoweth SK, Amsalu R, Casey SE, McGinn T (2018). Correspondence: Implementing sexual and reproductive health care in humanitarian crises. The Lancet, 391: 1770-1771.

McGinn, Therese. Reducing Death and Disability from Unsafe Abortion. Chapter 19 in The Routledge International Handbook on Global Public Health. Richard Parker and Marni Sommer, Editors. Routledge, Oxford, United Kingdom: 191-198. 2011.

McGinn, Therese, Judy Austin, Katherine Anfinson, Ribka Amsalu, Sara E Casey, Shihab Ibrahim Fadulalmula, Anne Langston, Louise Lee-Jones, Janet Meyers, Frederick Kintu Mubiru, Melissa Sharer, Mary Yetter. Family Planning in conflict: results of cross-sectional baseline surveys in three African countries. Conflict and Health 2011, 5:11

Therese McGinn, Katherine Allen, McGinn, Therese, Katherine Allen. Improving refugees' reproductive health through literacy in Guinea Journal of Global Public Health. 1 229-248 2000

Alicia Yamin Learning to Dance: Advancing Women's Reproductive Health and Well-Being from the Perspectives of Public Health and Human Rights Harvard University Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights Boston 61-63 2005

McGinn, Therese, Susan Purdin Editorial: Reproductive Health and Conflict: Looking Back and Moving Ahead Journal of Diaster Studies, Policies and Management 28(3) 2004

Austin, Judith, Samantha Guy, Louise Lee-Jones, Therese McGinn, Jennifer Schlecht Reproductive health: A right for refugees and internally displaced persons Reproductive Health Matters 16 10-21 2008

McGinn, Therese Reproductive health of war-affected populations: What do we know? International Family Planning Perspectives 26(4) 174-180 2000

McGinn, Therese, Katherine Allen Improving refugees' reproductive health through literacy in Guinea Journal of Global Public Health 1 229-248 2006

Bartlett, Linda, Susan Purdin, Therese McGinn Forced migrants - turning rights into reproductive health. The Lancet 363 76-77 2004

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