Francine M. Coeytaux, M.P.H. '82

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Ms. Coeytaux is a Founder of the Pacific Institute for Women's Health, a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles dedicated to improving women's health and well-being locally and globally. As Co-Director, Ms. Coeytaux was responsible for the development of the Institute's work on new reproductive technologies including emergency contraception and medical abortifacients. Prior to founding the Institute, she was an Associate at the Population Council in New York, where she developed and oversaw the Council's activities in sub-Saharan Africa, and helped establish the Council's Ebert Program for Critical Issues in Reproductive Health, initiated a worldwide program to address the problem of unsafe abortion, and collaborated on the public introduction of NORPLANT and RU-486.

A public health specialist with 25 years of experience in developing and evaluating family planning programs, Ms. Coeytaux has worked to promote comprehensive reproductive health services including abortion. She has published and lectured extensively, and is a founding member of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project which tackles reproductive health issues where science, politics and the interests of women converge.

Ms. Coeytaux currently is a member of the Board of Directors of EngenderHealth and the Women's Dignity Project, and has been on the advisory boards of CHANGE, University of Southern California's Population Research Laboratory, the National Advisory Board on Access to Reproductive Health Care, and the State of California's Advisory Committee on Human Cloning. She continues to serve as consultant to many organizations including the World Health Organization, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and numerous foundations.