Dr. Patricia Janssen named a Changemaker of Public Health

Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Janssen, who was named as one of 50 changemakers by UW School of Public Health!

“These 50 Changemakers of Public Health are leaders, trailblazers, educators, innovators, influencers and health equity heroes … who are addressing some of the most pressing population health issues of our time,” the school says.

Dr. Janssen, who completed her Masters of Public Health at UW in 1993 and PhD in epidemiology at UW in 2001, now co-leads the Maternal Child Health Theme at the University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Population Health and leads the UBC-funded Cluster of Research Excellence, entitled Advancing the Science of Physiologic Birth. She also leads Optimal Birth BC, a consortium of clinician-scientists and public health practitioners who partner with BC Health Authorities to conduct primary research in maternal child health, develop evidence syntheses for practitioners, and decision-aids for childbearing women.

Among her many accolades is launching SmartMom, a text-messaging program that provides prenatal education to expectant parents throughout British Columbia. Building off its success, Dr. Janssen is currently working toward the launch of SmartParent, which will send new parents evidence-based information about caring for their baby throughout its first year of life.

You can learn more about SmartMom and SmartParent at the links below: