Elizabeth Dawes Gay believes that health is a human right and has devoted her life’s work to helping create a world where all people have the necessary tools, resources, and opportunities to live healthy and empowered lives.
Elizabeth is a public health professional and policy advocate specializing in reproductive health, rights, and justice. Elizabeth translates research findings to create policy and programmatic change. She has a particular interest in improving maternal health, expanding access to contraception, reducing health disparities, and enhancing the ability of people of color to achieve their optimal health and well-being. She also seeks to bring attention to public health issues that are seemingly more difficult to tackle and that have less political attention and will. These are the issues that mostly affect communities of color and communities that lack resources and opportunities for success.
Not one to shy away from speaking up to create change, Elizabeth is a freelance writer and member of the Echoing Ida writing collective, a program of Forward Together that develops and amplifies the thought leadership of Black women to further reproductive and social justice. Some of her writing may be found online at Rewire, EBONY.com, For Harriet, Women’s Health, Women’s eNews, and Huffington Post.
In recognition of her innovative spirit and commitment to progress, Elizabeth was awarded a CoreAlign Generative Fellowship and a Center for American Progress Leadership Institute Fellowship in 2013. In 2014, she was selected as a participant for the prestigious Progressive Women’s Voices media training through the Women’s Media Center.
Elizabeth is currently employed as senior policy analyst in international programs at Population Reference Bureau where she works to bridge the research-to-policy gap by planning and implementing training on policy communication; identifying and creating opportunities for researchers to communicate with policymakers; and authoring policy briefs, factsheets, infographics, and other information dissemination products. Prior to PRB, Elizabeth was a senior associate at the Reproductive Health Technologies Project where she managed the organization’s policy advocacy efforts on contraception. Other prior work experience includes the U.S. Department of State-Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and George Washington University-Department of Health Policy.
Elizabeth holds a Master of Public Health in Health Policy from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.