Aline Gubrium, associate professor of community health education, has been elected to serve as chair-elect of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). She begins serving immediately and will become chair in December 2018.
Founded in 1872, APHA is the preeminent association for public health professionals, championing the health of all people and all communities and advocating for public health issues and policies backed by science. The Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Section of the APHA works to improve the health of women, men and children by ensuring that population, reproductive and sexual health remain domestic and international priorities.
In her candidacy statement, Gubrium said her goals would be to promote opportunities for public health students, faculty and practitioners that strengthen a fruitful multidisciplinarity across the biological and social sciences, humanities and health professions; encourage community-based research and engaged scholarship; work from a reproductive justice orientation that promotes dignity and respect in research and practice; and tap into the discipline’s critical and creative wellsprings and activist inclinations to address social inequality and health inequity.
“I’m thrilled to be elected by my peers to serve as chair-elect,” Gubrium says. “I’m looking forward to working with a community of scholars, practitioners and activists in the fields of public health, family planning and sexual and reproductive justice. I’m particularly excited about working with the section, as well as collaborating with other APHA sections, to draft policy statements that are crucial given the current political context surrounding reproductive and sexual rights.”
A medical anthropologist working in the field of public health, Gubrium’s focuses her research on building “critical narrative interventions” to address health inequities and social inequality in the lives of marginalized young parents and families.
Gubrium is an experienced digital storytelling facilitator and is at the forefront of researchers using the approach in research, intervention and advocacy. Recently, she has been funded by the Ford Foundation to conduct a digital storytelling project focused on sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice with young parenting Latinas and by a Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development-funded project assessing the use of digital storytelling for sexual and reproductive health promotion with young Latinas.
Gubrium is co-investigator on a research grant funded by the NIH’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, which uses a community-based participatory research approach to evaluate the effectiveness of a narratively enhanced intervention in lowering stress and risk of chronic diseases among men of color.