Dr. Patricia Janssen, Professor, School of Population and Public Health, and Associate member of the Department of Family Practice is the recipient of a 2016 YWCA Women of Distinction Award.
She received the award in the Research and the Sciences category. Dr. Janssen conducts research to promote healthy pregnancy and birth, particularly among women marginalized by poverty, addiction and located in remote settings. She undertook the first study in North America to evaluate the safety of planned home births attended by regulated midwives and developed SmartMom, a prenatal education program delivered through text messaging.
As the founder and Director of the Master of Public Health Program at UBC, Dr. Janssen plays a major role in training the next generation of public health researchers. Her research confirming the safety and cost-effectiveness of midwifery care and home birth has changed legislation and policy around the world and was recently showcased at the European Court of Human Rights to support the efforts of midwives to de-criminalize home birth in Eastern European countries.
Congratulations, Dr. Janssen!