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Tishra Beeson

Tishra Beeson - 2019 Nominee
Position: Associate Professor and Public Health Program Director
Organization: Central Washington University
DrPH from The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
MPH in Primary Care and Health Disparities, Oregon Health & Science University
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Distinguished Faculty Fellow
    Awarding Organization:
    Central Washington University Academic Service Learning
    Date Awarded:
    September 25, 2015
  • Award:
    Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health
    Date Awarded:
    May 25, 2013
  • Award:
    Dissertation Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy
    Date Awarded:
    January 1, 2013
75 Public Votes Reached!
Dr Tishra Beeson works to amplify the voices of the community and patients through her research, policy work and teaching. She led key research on family planning in community health centers nationwide, to improve quality and best practices for all. – Susan Wood, Professor of Health Policy and Management; Director, Jacobs Institute of Women's Health at George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

My research focuses on making reproductive health policies, systems, and services more accessible to people who need it most. Between 2010 and 2015, I successfully directed a team of multidisciplinary investigators in the first-ever study of family planning and reproductive health service delivery in Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in the United States. Subsequent studies have built on my particular interest in and passion for engaging the unique perspectives of patients in family planning research, including the only national survey of family planning patient experiences in FQHC settings and several policy briefs outlining how patient communities are affected by changes to state and federal regulatory policies.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion for family planning was ignited by the challenges I personally navigated in making empowered decisions about my own reproductive health, even as a person with a high level of information, education, and support. It made me acknowledge the disparity that inevitably exists when those resources are not universally available. Now as a mother of two daughters, I'm working to ensure that they - and all people - have access to high quality family planning care as a fundamental human right.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

As a scholar and educator, I am deeply committed to training the next generation of leaders in high impact, community-engaged inquiry that helps answer the most pressing population health questions of our time. Through past 10 years, I have mentored over 55 undergraduate and graduate student works, including applied projects, research theses, dissertations, peer-reviewed manuscripts, and policy analyses. I am proud to include at least one student coauthor on over 80% of my own published work.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

As a scholar of color, I am personally invested in improving the diversity of family planning researchers. I would use the $1,000 grant to establish a fellowship in reproductive health research and policy at my home institution to support student researchers from underrepresented backgrounds who face disproportionate challenges to initiating and sustaining their research goals. I will use this award as the foundational investment toward a sustainable annual fund by seeking matching partnerships.

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