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March 2017  |  Vol. 9, #2

Dear SFP fellows and colleagues,

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are delighted to announce the 2017 recipients of our annual awards.

The 2017 Allan Rosenfield Award for Lifetime Contributions to International Family Planning will be presented to Vivian Brache. Ms. Brache is the Director of the Biomedical Research Department of Profamilia, in the Dominican Republic. She participated in one of the first contraceptive implant multicenter clinical trials, in pivotal trials for the development of the CopperT380A and Mirena, and in numerous studies evaluating other types of contraception. Her work was included in the World Health Organization's Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, consulted by family planning providers worldwide. With 42 years of clinical research at Profamilia and more than 130 publications, her work on emergency contraception (EC)—showing that it affects ovulation rather than implantation—has been crucial for its introduction and accessibility in countries in which EC was condemned as being abortifacient. Ms. Brache has served on the Population Council's International Committee of Contraceptive Research since 1989. She served as Executive Director of the Latin-American Program for Training in Human Reproduction from 2001-2005. Read more about Vivian Brache’s work.

Diana Greene Foster, PhD, is the recipient of the 2017 Robert A. Hatcher Family Planning Mentor Award. Dr. Foster is a Demographer and Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and Director of Research at the UCSF-based program Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH). In both of these capacities, Dr. Foster has mentored numerous social scientists through their doctoral work and early research, on their way to independent faculty and research positions. Dr. Foster uses quantitative models and analyses to evaluate the effectiveness of family planning policies and the effect of unintended pregnancy on women’s lives. She leads the Turnaway Study, a longitudinal prospective study of almost 1,000 women who received or were denied wanted abortions from 30 facilities across the United States. She also leads a Global Turnaway Study, documenting the experience of women in Bangladesh, Colombia, Nepal, South Africa and Tunisia. Work from the Turnaway Study has received widespread media attention and has been cited by Pro Publica and Mother Jones as one of four ways that research has reframed the abortion debate. Read more about Dr. Foster’s work.

We hope you will join us in honoring the awardees on Sunday, October 15, at the North American Forum on Family Planning in Atlanta.

We’re looking forward to seeing all of you there!

With warm regards,

Susan Higginbotham signature Eve Espey signature

Susan Higginbotham, MEd
Executive Director

Eve Espey, MD, MPH
President

Susan Higginbotham, MEd, Society of Family Planning Executive Director