Francine Wood, PhD, MPH
Postdoctoral Fellow

Francine Wood, Ph.D., MPH, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center on Gender Equity and Health (GEH) at the University of California, San Diego. At GEH, she supports the projects of Dr. Rebecka Lundgren in Central Africa. She holds a Ph.D. and an MPH in Public Health from Tulane University. Dr. Wood’s primary research interests are the social determinants of maternal, neonatal and child health, with an emphasis on gender and social norms and sexual and reproductive health. Before coming to GEH, she was involved with the implementation and evaluation of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation MOMENTUM Project, a gender-transformative integrated family planning and maternal and newborn health model for first-time mothers ages 15-24 and their male partners in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She has also worked on various family planning, adolescent health, health system strengthening, and health information system projects in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, DRC, and Eswatini. She aims to use community engagement and mixed method evaluation to improve access to culturally competent care and resources for women and children through innovative and effective interventions.

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