SFP_Member_2019_1Jenny_Higgins_2At the age of 19, I worked my first shift as a medical assistant at an abortion clinic in Maine. This experience inspired a graduate career in gender studies and public health, as well as a lifelong commitment to comprehensive and compassionate sexual health care, education, and justice.

After receiving my PhD in women’s studies and MPH in global health from Emory University, I completed one postdoctoral fellowship in HIV/AIDS and sexuality at Columbia University’s HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, then another in contraceptive technology at Princeton University’s Office of Population Research. Before starting at the University of Wisconsin in 2012, I served as an assistant professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health for two years.

I’ve worked and/or consulted for organizations such as the Guttmacher Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Empowerment of Women Research Program, Ipas, the National Council for Health Statistics, and Trojan Condoms/Church & Dwight, Inc.

I grew up in beautiful Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and family members still live nearby in Portland and on Peaks Island. A lifelong swimmer, I’ve swum with teams for 30-plus years in over seven states. I enjoy life in Madison with my sweetie, Bobby, and our eight year-old son, Atticus.

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