My public health career began 30 years ago as an applied anthropologist and educator of community health workers in Nepal. The work inspired my lifelong concern with the health care of women and their infants, particularly in communities that are under-served. In both international and domestic settings, my work focuses on the disconnects between the lives of women and the health care systems meant to serve their needs across the life course and proven strategies for engaging and activating women to be full partners in their reproductive health care and planning. I am currently supported by the NICHD and NIDDK to study the barriers to follow-up testing and prevention for women with gestational diabetes, a harbinger of risk type 2 diabetes mellitus later in life. At BUSPH I serve as Associate Chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences, Co-Director of the MCH Certificate, and Director of the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health, a Center dedicated to the education of a diverse MCH workforce, ready to lead. As an educator, I specialize in practice-based courses that engage students in the application of their skills and knowledge in real life organizations, addressing real life challenges. Currently I teach “Implementing Community Health Initiatives: A Field-based Course in Leadership and Consultation” and “Sexual and Reproductive Health Advocacy: From Rights to Justice” I completed an MPH in population, family and international health and a DrPH in perinatal epidemiology and health services research at UCLA School of Public Health. Upon graduation, I co-founded the Institute for Urban Health Policy and Research for the Boston Department of Health and Hospitals and served as its Senior Research Scientist for 7 years before joining the faculty of Boston University. During my tenure at the Institute, I led research and community action initiatives designed to mobilize community residents, health professionals, academics, and policy-makers to eliminate racial disparities in infant death and pre-term birth. Our findings led to fundamental changes in how perinatal health services are delivered to women of African descent in Boston. I directed the launch of a study abroad program, “IHP: Health and Community”, dedicated to comparative study of health, systems and culture in four countries. I co-founded the Women’s Health Committee of the MCH Section of the American Public Health Association, am a member of the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health, and serve on the peer review panels of the Women’s Health Journal, the Maternal and Child Health Journal, the Journal of the Poor and Under-served, and Public Health Reports, BMC Health Services, and BMC Pregnancy and Birth.
- Clinical Professor, Community Health Sciences - Boston University School of Public Health
- Chair ad Interim, Community Health Sciences - Boston University School of Public Health
- Director, Community Health Sciences - Boston University School of Public Health
- Co-Director, Maternal & Child Health - Boston University School of Public Health
- University of California, Los Angeles, DPH/DrPH Field of Study: Population/Family Health Science
- University of California, Los Angeles, MPH Field of Study: International Health
- Wheaton College, BA Field of Study: Anthropology
- Published on 11/1/2022
Amutah-Onukagha N, Abrams JA, Stewart CK, Black A, Rhone TJ, Kheyfets A, Nicholson V, Jeanty J, McCloskey L. Black maternal health scholars on fire: Building a network for collaboration and activism. Health Serv Res. 2023 Feb; 58(1):202-206. PMID: 36278805.
- Published on 6/9/2022
Eilisha Manandhar, Sophie Brown, and Lois McCloskey. University of Minnesota, June 9, 2022. https://genderpolicyreport.umn.edu/reproductive-health/. Covid-19 Exposed Racial Inequities in Reproductive Health. Gender Policy Report, Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy. University of Minnisota. St. Paul. 2022; (June 2022).
- Published on 5/26/2021
Safon C, McCloskey L, Ezekwisili C, Feyman, Gordon S. Doula Care Saves lives, Improves Equity, and Empowers Mothers: State Medicaid Programs Should Pay for It DOI: 10.1377/hblog20210525.295915. Health Affairs Blog. 2021.
- Published on 5/9/2021
Lois McCloskey, Ann Celi, Chloe Bird, Linda Goler-Blount, Judith Bernstein. Mothers Need a Continuous System of Care even after Babies are Born. Newsweek. 2021.
- Published on 3/8/2021
McCloskey L, Bernstein J, The Bridging The Chasm Collaborative, Amutah-Onukagha N, Anthony J, Barger M, Belanoff C, Bennett T, Bird CE, Bolds D, Brenna BW, Carter R, Celi A, Chachere B, Crear-Perry J, Crossno C, Cruz-Davis A, Damus K, Dangel A, Depina Z, Deroze P, Dieujuste C, Dude A, Edmonds J, Enquobahrie D, Eromosele E, Ferranti E, Fitzmaurice M, Gebel C, Blount LG, Greiner A, Gullo S, Haddad A, Hall N, Handler A, Headen I, Heelan-Fancher L, Hernandez T, Johnson K, Jones E, Jones N, Klaman S, Lund B, Mallampalli M, Marcelin L, Marshall C, Maynard B, McCage S, Mitchell S, Molina R, Montasir S, Nicklas J, Northrup A, Norton A, Oparaeke E, Ramos A, Rericha S, Rios E, Bloch JR, Ryan C, Sarfaty S, Seely E, Souter V, Spain M, Spires R, Theberge S, Thompson T, Wachman M, Yarrington T, Yee LM, Zera C, Clayton J, Lachance C. Bridging the Chasm between Pregnancy and Health over the Life Course: A National Agenda for Research and Action. Womens Health Issues. 2021 May-Jun; 31(3):204-218. PMID: 33707142.
- Published on 3/7/2021
McCloskey L, Bernstein J, Goler-Blount L, Greiner A, Norton A, Jones E, Bird CE. It's Time to Eliminate Racism and Fragmentation in Women's Health Care. Womens Health Issues. 2021 May-Jun; 31(3):186-189. PMID: 33691995.
- Published on 1/14/2021
Babbs G, McCloskey L, Gordon S. Expanding Postpartum Medicaid Benefits to Combat Maternal Mortality and Morbidity. Health Affairs Blog. 2021.
- Published on 1/7/2021
McCloskey L, Amutah-Onukagha N, Bernstein J, Handler A. Setting the Agenda for Reproductive and Maternal Health in the Era of COVID-19: Lessons from a Cruel and Radical Teacher. Matern Child Health J. 2021 Feb; 25(2):181-191. PMID: 33411108.
- Published on 6/22/2020
Gunn C, Bernstein J, Bokhour B, McCloskey L. Narratives of Gestational Diabetes Provide a Lens to Tailor Postpartum Prevention and Monitoring Counseling. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2020 Sep; 65(5):681-687. PMID: 32568461.
- Published on 6/3/2020
McCloskey L, Bernstein J, and Bridging the Chasm Collaborative. Bridging the Chasm between Pregnancy and Women's Health over the Life Course: An Agenda for Research and Action. Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. 2020; 1-132.
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