Lois McCloskey, DrPH
Clinical Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Community Health Sciences

DPH/DrPH, University of California, Los Angeles
MPH, University of California, Los Angeles
BA, Wheaton College

My public health career began 30 years ago as an applied anthropologist and educator of community health workers in Nepal. The work inspired my lifelong concern with the health care of women and their infants, particularly in communities that are under-served. In both international and domestic settings, my work focuses on the disconnects between the lives of women and the health care systems meant to serve their needs across the life course and proven strategies for engaging and activating women to be full partners in their reproductive health care and planning. I am currently supported by the NICHD and NIDDK to study the barriers to follow-up testing and prevention for women with gestational diabetes, a harbinger of risk type 2 diabetes mellitus later in life. At BUSPH I serve as Associate Chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences, Co-Director of the MCH Certificate, and Director of the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health, a Center dedicated to the education of a diverse MCH workforce, ready to lead. As an educator, I specialize in practice-based courses that engage students in the application of their skills and knowledge in real life organizations, addressing real life challenges. Currently I teach “Implementing Community Health Initiatives: A Field-based Course in Leadership and Consultation” and “Sexual and Reproductive Health Advocacy: From Rights to Justice” I completed an MPH in population, family and international health and a DrPH in perinatal epidemiology and health services research at UCLA School of Public Health. Upon graduation, I co-founded the Institute for Urban Health Policy and Research for the Boston Department of Health and Hospitals and served as its Senior Research Scientist for 7 years before joining the faculty of Boston University. During my tenure at the Institute, I led research and community action initiatives designed to mobilize community residents, health professionals, academics, and policy-makers to eliminate racial disparities in infant death and pre-term birth. Our findings led to fundamental changes in how perinatal health services are delivered to women of African descent in Boston. I directed the launch of a study abroad program, “IHP: Health and Community”, dedicated to comparative study of health, systems and culture in four countries. I co-founded the Women’s Health Committee of the MCH Section of the American Public Health Association, am a member of the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health, and serve on the peer review panels of the Women’s Health Journal, the Maternal and Child Health Journal, the Journal of the Poor and Under-served, and Public Health Reports, BMC Health Services, and BMC Pregnancy and Birth.

Boston University School of Public Health
Community Health Sciences
Maternal & Child Health Center of Excellence

Boston University School of Public Health
Maternal & Child Health
MCH Certificate Program

MCPH Leadership Education Program at BUSPH
06/01/2020 - 05/31/2025 (PI)
HHS/HRSA/Maternal and Child Health Bureau

MCPH Leadership Education Program at BUSPH
06/01/2015 - 05/31/2020 (PI)
HHS/HRSA/Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Bridging the Chasm between Pregnancy and Women's Health over the Life Course
10/01/2017 - 10/31/2019 (PI)
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Follow-up Glucose Testing and Timely Transition to Primary Care after Gestational Diabetes
03/15/2016 - 02/28/2019 (Multi-PI)
PI: Lois McCloskey, DrPH
NIH/National Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases

Increased Postpartum Testing for Gestational Diabetes
08/22/2012 - 07/31/2015 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Child Health & Human Development

MCPH Leadership Education Program at BUSPH
06/01/2010 - 05/31/2015 (PI)
HHS/HRSA/Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Personnel Agreement for the Research Services of Meryl St. John
06/01/2013 - 09/30/2014 (PI)
Department of Veterans Administration, Bedford

Boston Health Start Initiative Evaluation
01/10/2005 - 06/30/2009 (PI)
Boston Public Health Commission

Boston Healthy Start Initiative Evaluation
01/01/2007 - 12/31/2007 (PI)
Boston Public Health Commission

Using Participatory Theatre to Enhance Communication Between Patients and Providers in Women’s Health Care Settings
09/01/2003 - 09/30/2006 (PI)
Kenneth B Schwartz Center, The

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  1. Murray Horwitz ME, Brédy GS, Schemm J, Battaglia TA, Yarrington CD, McCloskey L. Primary Care After Pregnancy Survey: Patient Preferences, Health Concerns, and Anticipated Barriers. Matern Child Health J. 2024 Jun 15.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38878260
  2. Safon CB, McCloskey L, Estela MG, Gordon SH, Cole MB, Clark J. Access to perinatal doula services in Medicaid: a case analysis of 2 states. Health Aff Sch. 2024 Mar; 2(3):qxae023.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38756922; PMCID: PMC10986220; DOI: 10.1093/haschl/qxae023;
  3. Safon CB, McCloskey L, Gordon SH, Cole MB, Clark J. Medicaid Reimbursement for Doula Care: Policy Considerations From a Scoping Review. Med Care Res Rev. 2023 Dec 20; 10775587231215221.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38124279; DOI: 10.1177/10775587231215221;
  4. Horwitz MEM, Edwards CV, Athavale P, McCloskey L, Cabral HJ, Benjamin EJ, Handley MA. The STAR-MAMA RCT: Bilingual Mobile Health Coaching for Postpartum Weight Loss. Am J Prev Med. 2023 Oct; 65(4):596-607.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37028566
  5. Amutah-Onukagha N, Abrams JA, Stewart CK, Black A, Rhone TJ, Kheyfets A, Nicholson V, Jeanty J, McCloskey L. Black maternal health scholars on fire: Building a network for collaboration and activism. Health Serv Res. 2023 Feb; 58(1):202-206. PMID: 36278805; PMCID: PMC9836952; DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.14091;
  6. Eilisha Manandhar, Sophie Brown, and Lois McCloskey. University of Minnesota, June 9, 2022. https://genderpolicyreport.umn.edu/reproductive-health/. Covid-19 Exposed Racial Inequities in Reproductive Health. Gender Policy Report, Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy. University of Minnisota. St. Paul. 2022; (June 2022). View Publication
  7. Safon C, McCloskey L, Ezekwisili C, Feyman, Gordon S. Doula Care Saves lives, Improves Equity, and Empowers Mothers: State Medicaid Programs Should Pay for It DOI: 10.1377/hblog20210525.295915. Health Affairs Blog. 2021. View Publication
  8. Lois McCloskey, Ann Celi, Chloe Bird, Linda Goler-Blount, Judith Bernstein. Mothers Need a Continuous System of Care even after Babies are Born. Newsweek. 2021. View Publication
  9. McCloskey L, Bernstein J, The Bridging The Chasm Collaborative, Amutah-Onukagha N, Anthony J, Barger M, Belanoff C, Bennett T, Bird CE, Bolds D, Brenna BW, Carter R, Celi A, Chachere B, Crear-Perry J, Crossno C, Cruz-Davis A, Damus K, Dangel A, Depina Z, Deroze P, Dieujuste C, Dude A, Edmonds J, Enquobahrie D, Eromosele E, Ferranti E, Fitzmaurice M, Gebel C, Blount LG, Greiner A, Gullo S, Haddad A, Hall N, Handler A, Headen I, Heelan-Fancher L, Hernandez T, Johnson K, Jones E, Jones N, Klaman S, Lund B, Mallampalli M, Marcelin L, Marshall C, Maynard B, McCage S, Mitchell S, Molina R, Montasir S, Nicklas J, Northrup A, Norton A, Oparaeke E, Ramos A, Rericha S, Rios E, Bloch JR, Ryan C, Sarfaty S, Seely E, Souter V, Spain M, Spires R, Theberge S, Thompson T, Wachman M, Yarrington T, Yee LM, Zera C, Clayton J, Lachance C. Bridging the Chasm between Pregnancy and Health over the Life Course: A National Agenda for Research and Action. Womens Health Issues. 2021 May-Jun; 31(3):204-218.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33707142; PMCID: PMC8154664; DOI: 10.1016/j.whi.2021.01.002;
  10. McCloskey L, Bernstein J, Goler-Blount L, Greiner A, Norton A, Jones E, Bird CE. It's Time to Eliminate Racism and Fragmentation in Women's Health Care. Womens Health Issues. 2021 May-Jun; 31(3):186-189. PMID: 33691995; PMCID: PMC8154716; DOI: 10.1016/j.whi.2020.12.007;
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