Kathy Kennedy, DrPH, MA

RIHEL Founding Director

kathykennedy-80x80Dr. Kathy Irene Kennedy served as the Executive Director of RIHEL since its inception in 1998 until 2021. Her work focused on workforce development either through the professional development opportunities offered through RIHEL or through formal education at the Colorado School of Public Health. She retired as Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado’s Colorado School of Public Health where she created two masters degree programs and two certificate programs and where she taught (among other courses)0 the Doctoral Leadership Seminar, Leadership in Public Health Practice for master’s degree students and Leadership Dialogues for postgraduate fellows in the School of Medicine.

By training, Dr. Kennedy is a public health scientist who has conducted many studies in reproductive health, especially in the areas of lactation, fertility and contraception. She has directed several multi-center international studies, and has written on women’s health, on human immunodeficiency virus (AIDS) and on postpartum issues. Dr. Kennedy has worked in 20 countries and has served as an advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) Human Reproduction Program in Geneva, Switzerland, directing data analysis and report writing for a variety of projects, including large international prospective studies. She provides peer review of scientific papers to public health and health care journals, and reviews research proposals for foundations and institutions.


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