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Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown is Director of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, a newly-formed, private and independent initiative designed to stimulate actions nationwide to reduce adolescent pregnancy.  Before taking this assignment, she was a senior study director at the Institute of Medicine (a component of the National Academy of Sciences) where she completed a major study on unintended pregnancy, resulting in the report, "The Best Intentions: Unintended Pregnancy and the Well-Being of Children and Families."  Previously, she directed projects within the Institute on numerous topics related to maternal and child health, including health care reform, substance abuse among pregnant women, access to prenatal care, and preventing low birthweight as a means of reducing infant mortality.

She is the Public Member of the Executive Board of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and also serves on the boards of many other organizations, including the Alan Guttmacher Institute, and the National Perinatal Information Center.  She recently joined the District of Columbia's Mayor's Committee on Reducing Teenage Pregnancies and Out-of-Wedlock Births.  She is a member of the Early Life and Adolescent Health Policy Working Group of Harvard University and also sits on the advisory councils of Teen People Magazine, the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health at Georgetown University, and the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University.  For over ten years, Brown also co-chaired the District of Columbia's Mayor's Advisory Board on Maternal and Infant Health, which guided a wide variety of community-based initiatives to reduce infant mortality in the District, including the Healthy Start project funded by the federal government.

She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University and the University of North Carolina, and has been elected to Delta Omega, the public health honorary society.  In 1993, she was awarded the John McQueen award for excellence in maternal and child health, sponsored by the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, and in 1995 received the Harriet Hylton Barr Distinguished Service Award, offered by the School of Public Health Alumni Association, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She is married to attorney Winthrop Brown and lives in Washington, D.C. along with their three daughters, ages 11, 15, and 18.


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