Ann K. Blanc

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"Ann K. Blanc is vice president of social and behavioral science research at the Population Council. Under her leadership the Population Council is pursuing rigorous research on cutting-edge priorities in reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, adolescents and girls’ education. She also directs the Council’s initiative on population, environmental risks, and climate change.

"Before joining the Council in 2011, Blanc was director of the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. Between 2005 and 2009, she was a program officer in the Population and Reproductive Health Program at The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She also worked for over a decade at the Demographic and Health Surveys program.

"Blanc is a member of the Committee on Population of the National Academy of Sciences and the "Improving Coverage Measurement" group of technical experts working on improving the measurement of coverage of maternal, newborn and child health interventions. She chairs the editorial committee of the Council’s journal Studies in Family Planning and is a member of the editorial committee for Population and Development Review."[1]

Ann Blanc is a Program Officer in the Population and Reproductive Health area at the MacArthur Foundation. "In this position, she works with the area director on grantmaking related to the entire Population and Reproductive Health area, including grants focused on reducing maternal mortality and morbidity and on advancing young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. She has a special responsibility for research explorations and grants.

"Prior to joining the Foundation in 2005, she was president for 6 years of Blancroft Research International, LLC, which provides technical support for demographic and health research in developing countries. The firm’s clients include international, bilateral, and non-governmental organizations. Prior positions include 11 years at the Demographic and Health Surveys program of ORC/Macro and short-term positions at Yale University and the Population Division of the United Nations. Blanc has published widely on the topics of family planning and reproductive health, maternal and child health, and women's empowerment issues and has worked internationally in more than 15 countries. Blanc holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology/Demography from Princeton University." [2]

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  1. Population Council Ann K. Blanc, organizational web page, accessed April 13, 2020.
  2. Ann K. Blanc, MacArthur Foundation, accessed December 28, 2007.