Maria Stepanchak is a Research Associate at GAPPS supporting several maternal and newborn health projects. Maria coordinated the multisector effort to review maternal immunization safety monitoring systems in low- and middle- income countries and contributed to the development of the framework to guide introduction of new vaccines for use in pregnancy in LMICs. Prior to joining GAPPS in 2016, Maria coordinated a national quality improvement collaborative focused on increasing breastfeeding rates and managed a data coordinating center for cardiology clinical trials. She has a strong background in research methods, quality improvement, and program management. Maria received an MPH from the University of Washington School of Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health and has a B.A. in Environmental Science from Boston University.
October 16, 2017 / Eve Lackritz, Andy Stergachis, Maria Stepanchak
A new roadmap to increase the safety of maternal immunizations could help protect mothers and babies from vaccine-preventable, life-threatening infections.
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