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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Whitney Westhoff, Associate Director 

Whitney recently completed her Master’s of Science in Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in reproductive, perinatal and pediatric epidemiology. Her thesis focused on COVID-19 pharmacotherapy utilization patterns in a large, international cohort of pregnant women. Prior to joining the Maternal Health Task Force as associate director, Whitney studied Public Health at Brigham Young University with a minor in Chinese, during which she conducted a program evaluation of the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) program rollout in Hebei, China, and worked in data analysis in the Bariatric Surgery Department at Jiangsu Provincial Hospital in Nanjing, China. Her research interests lie at the intersection of pregnancy and pharmacoepidemiology, guided in part by her own experiences as a mother.

Lara Rostomian, Associate Director

Lara is a recent alumnus of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where she earned her Master’s of Science in Reproductive, Perinatal, and Pediatric Epidemiology. Her previous research has centered family planning and sexual health in Middle Eastern and Transcaucasian populations. Her research interests include examining pediatric, perinatal, and maternal health disparities in conflict and crisis affected populations. During her graduate education she worked as a research fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Newborn Medicine, examining the effects of COVID-19 hospital practices on breastfeeding behaviors. She is currently one of our Associate Directors at the Maternal Health Task Force and a first year Medical Student at Wayne State University School of Medicine, working towards becoming a researcher, advocate, and healthcare provider in the field of maternal and child health.

Hani Rukh-E-Qamar, Research Assistant

Hani is a fourth-year undergraduate student at McGill University, pursuing a B.Sc. in Psychology, and double minoring in International Development Studies, and Health Geography. In addition, she is one of McGill’s Global Health Scholars researching Psychosis outcomes in India and Canada. Furthermore, Hani sits on the Steering Committee for Women in Global Health Canada, as well as the Youth Working Group for the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH). In addition, Hani is the Founder of the youth-led organization, Canadian Advisory of Women Immigrants. Hani’s research interests include health equity for marginalized communities, social determinants of health, and the mental health of immigrants, refugees, and migrants.