Dr. Ana Langer
Professor, Department of Global Health and Population
Harvard School of Public Health
Dean's Special Initiative on Women and Health
Maternal Health Task Force
Dr. Ana Langer is the coordinator of the Dean's Special Initiative on Women and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and is a professor in its Department of Global Health and Population. She is also the director of the Maternal Health Task Force Project. Dr. Langer is a physician specialized in pediatrics and neonatology, as well as a reproductive health expert, public health researcher, and advocate for women's reproductive health and rights. Dr. Langer has conducted extensive research on maternal mortality, the psychosocial factors that affect pregnancy, delivery and postpartum outcomes, the quality of maternal healthcare, emergency contraception and unsafe abortion. For the past 25 years, Dr. Langer has been a lead advocate for the improvement of women's health. Prior to joining the Harvard School of Public Health, she was president and CEO of EngenderHealth, a leading international reproductive health organization and served as the Population Council's regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Langer lived in Mexico for more than 20 years, which served as a base for launching initiatives throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to improve women's health.