Maine Family Planning Receives National Award

October 10, 2013

Freeport, ME – Clare Coleman, President and CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, was in Maine to present the Family Planning Association of Maine with the Dr. Allan Rosenfield Access Award. The breakfast event took place on Thursday, October 10th in Freeport. Ms. Colemangave a talk entitled, Life After Forty for Title X Family Planning discussing the future of family planning, especially in the context of the Affordable Care Act.

The Rosenfield Award is presented for outstanding achievement in improving access to, and delivery of, family planning and reproductive health care services. The award is named for Dr. Allan Rosenfield, an obstetrician-gynecologist who worked in Thailand with the Population Council in the 1960s. He went on to join the faculty at Columbia University as a professor of public health and obstetrics and gynecology, as well as director of the school’s new Center for Population and Family Health. In 1986 he was appointed dean of the Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Rosenfield worked for more than four decades on women’s reproductive health and human rights, innovative family planning studies, and strategies to address maternal deaths due to AIDS in developing countries. He used the support of the Gates Foundation to establish more than eighty-five “safe motherhood” initiatives in fifty countries around the world. It was said of him that he was “one of a small number of people we can say has truly improved the world, especially for women.” Dr. Rosenfield was the first recipient of this award in May 2008. He died later that year, at age seventy-five, of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or A.L.S.

Clare Coleman is the President and CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA). Coleman served as President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley, in New York State, a Title X delegate agency, from 2006-2009. Prior to her time in New York, Coleman worked for US House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY), serving as Chief of Staff, Legislative Director, and Appropriations Associate over her tenure from 1999-2005. She represents NFPRHA on the HHS Office of Population Affairs’ Title X Guidelines Revision and Family Planning Annual Review Expert Workgroups; as a liaison to Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s National Medical Committee; and on the National Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy’s Public Policy Advisory Group. A native Long Islander, Coleman graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts in Government.