Post-Roe America: Women’s Reproductive Health in the Crosshairs

At the 2022 Alumni and Parents Weekend, NYU GPH celebrated 90 exciting years of public health at NYU. Alums who had graduated from programs under different names were welcomed back to join the new public health community headquartered at 708 Broadway. NYU GPH kicked off this marquee homecoming event with a timely discussion Post-Roe America: Women’s Reproductive Health in the Crosshairs. The panel included Ann Marie Beddoe (GPH 2014), Founding Partner of The Women Global Cancer Initiative, Helen Arteaga Landaverde, Chief Executive Officer of New York City Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, and Laurie Zephyrin, Senior Vice President for Advancing Health Equity at the Commonwealth Fund. NYU GPH Dean Debra Furr-Holden moderated the discussion. Following the event, alums gathered for a happy hour to reconnect with friends, network with industry leaders, and win GPH-branded raffle prizes.


About the Speakers:
Ann Marie Beddoe, MD, MPH, is a gynecologic oncologist whose global health work spans several low- and middle- income countries, with a focus on Liberia. She first visited Liberia in 2008 and has worked extensively since then to improve cancer awareness and reproductive health workforce capacity, working closely with the Ministry of Health and the administration of the national medical center. As one of the founding members of the National Cancer Committee in Liberia, she was instrumental in developing the country’s first National Cancer Policy. Dr. Beddoe has focused much of her research on health disparities and making reproductive and cancer care accessible. She co-founded The Women Global Cancer Initiative, a non-profit whose mission is to improve cancer care for women globally. It has funded multiple cervical cancer screening projects in Liberia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and established a scholarship to support the training of candidates from low- and middle-income countries in women’s cancer care. Dr. Beddoe is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical School, where she also did her residency and fellowship training; and is a 2014 alumna of NYU GPH. She currently heads the Division of Global Women’s Health at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She is also an active speaker at church-based communities, where she advocates for routine cancer screening and early intervention.

Helen Arteaga Landaverde, MPH, is Chief Executive Officer at New York City Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst. She is the former Assistant Vice President, Queens Network and Executive Initiatives at Urban Health Plan, a network of community health centers located in three boroughs in New York City. Helen is Ecuadorian and a long-time resident of Corona, Queens. Helen grew up understanding the role that health care had on a community. She dreamed of establishing a community health center that would provide quality health care to local residents. Following the death of her community activist father, she set out to build that health center in her beloved Corona. Working with Our Lady of Sorrows Church and other community leaders, she sought out Paloma Hernandez, the President and CEO of Urban Health Plan, Inc., to make her dream a reality. Together, they opened Plaza del Sol Family Health Center in June, 2009. Last year, Plaza Del Sol provided care to more than 29,000 patients regardless of their ability to pay. The health center was dedicated in her father’s memory in 2014. Helen has a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Completed a fellowship with the National Hispana Leadership Institute and Harvard Kennedy School of Government in September 2010. In March 2016, she was appointed to the NYC Health + Hospitals Board of Directors and to the NYU Alumni Board of Directors. Currently completing her doctoral degree at CUNY-School of Public Health. She was one of 31 women selected by the New York City Commission on Women’s Issues to be featured in “NYC Women: Make it Here, Make it Happen,” a series highlighting women who made a difference in their communities. She also received the Community Impact Award, Humanitarian Award and City of New York American Dreamer Award.

Laurie Zephyrin, MD, MPH, MBA, is senior vice president for Advancing Health Equity at the Commonwealth Fund. She has extensive experience leading the vision, design, and delivery of innovative health care models across national health systems. From 2009–2018, she was the first national director of the Reproductive Health Program at the Department of Veterans Affairs, spearheading the strategic vision and leading systems change through the implementation of evidence-based policies and programs to improve the health of women veterans nationwide. In 2016–2017, Dr. Zephryin served as acting assistant deputy under secretary for Health for Community Care, and later in 2017, as acting deputy under secretary for Health for Community Care. While directing the VA’s Community Care program, Dr. Zephryin spearheaded efforts to implement legislation, develop internal governance structures, and address patient outcomes through systemwide optimization of care delivery. As part of the leadership team, she also represented VA before Congress and other internal and external stakeholders. Zephyrin is a board-certified clinician. She is a clinical assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Langone School of Medicine (2013–present) and was previously an assistant professor at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons (2007–2012).

Debra Furr-Holden, Laurie Zephyrin, Ann Marie Beddoe, Helen Arteaga Landaverde