The Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC), in partnership with the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy (CUNY SPH), unveiled the Joan Malin Reproductive Justice Fellowship in Public Health earlier this year. Noelle Fries, an MPH student in Community Health and Social Sciences, has been selected as the inaugural fellow for the 2018-2019 academic year.
The fellowship, named in honor of Joan Malin who served as PPNYC’s President and CEO from 2000 to 2017, was created to support a graduate student in developing their theoretical knowledge and practical skills in applying a sexual and reproductive justice lens to address disparities in sexual and reproductive health in New York City.
With over 13 years of experience in anti-violence prevention, birth justice, and advocacy for race, gender, queer, and human rights, Fries has invoked sexual and reproductive justice in many of the projects she has engaged in in her academic, professional, and artistic pursuits. As the Joan Malin Fellow, Fries will be offered the opportunity to learn from leading public health practitioners and sexual and reproductive justice scholars and activists best practices for utilizing a sexual and reproductive justice focus to produce better sexual and reproductive health outcomes for all.
“Organizing for Planned Parenthood in California at 17 years old was what first propelled me into to activism,” said Fries. “I am beyond grateful for this opportunity to come full circle and further advance sexual and reproductive justice in NYC with such an impactful organization, while simultaneously pursuing my master’s degree at CUNY SPH with incredible faculty.”