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, Associate Director 

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.

Sherine Andreine Powerful, Research Assistant

Sherine Andreine Powerful, MPH, is a Doctor of Public Health candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. A Diasporic Jamaican, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Latin American and International Studies from Yale University and holds a Master of Public Health degree in Population and Family Health, with a concentration in Global Health, from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Her interests, centered around the English-speaking Caribbean, include feminist global health and development leadership; gender and sexual health, equity, and justice; and pleasure, healing, and liberation.

Colette Rector, Research Assistant 

Colette is pursuing a master’s of public health degree in health policy from the Harvard Chan School. Prior to her time at Chan and the MHTF, Colette served on the communications team at PolicyLab, a health services and health policy research center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She received undergraduate degrees in journalism and Spanish at the University of Missouri. Colette is interested in a variety of topics in maternal health, particularly adolescent contraceptive access and the link between maternal and child health.