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Lynn P. Freedman

Professor of Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center
Public Health
Population and Family Health, Heilbrunn Department of
60 Haven Avenue
  • Director, Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program
  • Director, Law and Policy Project
  • Member, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai

Lynn P. Freedman is the director of the Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD) Program and of the Law and Policy Project, both in the Mailman School's Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health. Before joining the faculty at Columbia University in 1990, she worked as a practicing attorney in New York City. Professor Freedman has been a leading figure in the field of health and human rights, working extensively with women's groups and human rights NGOs internationally. She has published widely on issues of health and human rights, with a particular focus on gender and women's health. She is currently serving as a senior adviser to the UN Millennium Project Task Force on Child Health and Maternal Health and is the lead author of the Task Force's Final Report "Who's Got the Power: Transforming Health Systems for Women and Children."

Research & Other Works
Institutional maternal and perinatal deaths: a review of 40 low and middle income countries
Community and health system intervention to reduce disrespect and abuse during childbirth in Tanga Region, Tanzania: A comparative before-and-after study
Moving Toward Patient-Centered Care in Africa: A Discrete Choice Experiment of Preferences for Delivery Care among 3,003 Tanzanian Women
Posting and transfer: key to fostering trust in government health services
Studying moderators of implementation: analysis from an intervention to reduce disrespect and abuse in facility-based childbirth
Equity of inpatient health care in rural Tanzania: a population- and facility-based survey
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