The Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) at the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) continues and builds on the tradition of the MHTF in ensuring that front-line maternal health workers, policymakers, researchers, and advocates across the world have access to the most current and reliable evidence in the field.

Our vision for MHTF is a space that not only identifies and shares promising research, but serves as a catalyst for research improvement and innovation. In order to reach the Sustainable Development Goal 3 target to reduce maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 births we must invest heavily in research to ensure we are asking the right questions and prioritizing the right interventions.

The Maternal Health Buzz, a bi-monthly email newsletter, shares the top 5 articles with the maternal health community.

The MHTF resources provides a searchable collection of maternal health research, and a collection of toolkits, courses, and other resources for maternal health practitioners.

The MHTF Blog is a space to highlight interesting work, maternal health visionaries, important events, and current debates in the field.

Ongoing support for the MHTF at the Center of Excellence in MCH comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the U.S. Department of Human Services (HHS) through the Training Grant in Maternal and Child Health. 

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Henning Tiemeier, Director

Henning Tiemeier, MD, PhD, is the Sumner and Esther Feldburg Chair of Maternal and Child Health at the Harvard Chan School. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Tiemeier…
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Bethany Kotlar, Program Coordinator

Bethany coordinates the Center of Excellence in MCH, including the MHTF. She holds a masters in public health, specializing in global health and maternal and child health from Emory University. While completing her MPH Bethany founded and directed Motherhood Beyond Bars, a nonprofit which provides pregnancy and childbirth education to incarcerated women in Georgia. Before joining Harvard, she served as the Health Educator and Project Manager of MotherToBaby Georgia, a regional pregnancy and breastfeeding exposure helpline.

Mathilda Regan, Research Assistant

Mathilda is a third year doctoral student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She also holds and masters degree in public health from UC Berkeley in epidemiology and biostatistics. She has contributed to multiple research projects including the Heart and Soul Study, at the Veteran’s Health Research Institute and the Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the SDG Era.

Jennifer Sittig, Research Assistant 

Jennifer is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health in Health and Social Behavior at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She brings extensive private sector marketing strategy experience to her work with MHTF, as well as a passion for maternal health literacy, and research translation and dissemination. Over the past ten years, Jennifer has designed, implemented, and analyzed communications campaigns for many women’s health clients, including Merck, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and PPFA. In 2016, she co-led a research initiative titled Women, Wellness, and Technology, and presented findings at Stanford Medicine X and Health 2.0.