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Elizabeth Futrell

Elizabeth Futrell
Position: Founding Member & Lead Interviewer, FP Voices; Content Development Lead, K4Health
Organization: Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
Current Location: United States, North America
MSPH from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Certificate in Global Health
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    St. Vincent DePaul Senior Leadership Award
    Awarding Organization:
    DePaul University
    Date Awarded:
    June 14, 2001
  • Award:
    Elected to Theta Chapter of Delta Omega
    Awarding Organization:
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Date Awarded:
    May 1, 2010
A founding member of FP Voices, Elizabeth elevates the stories of hundreds of providers, clients, advocates, donors, and implementers, giving them visibility on a global platform, inspiring them, advocating, and teaching storytelling practices. – David Alexander, Photoshare Manager at The Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project at Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As a founding member of Family Planning Voices, I've co-facilitated storytelling workshops in several countries and helped provide a platform for nearly 350 family planning clients, providers, donors, advocates, and implementers from more than 50 countries to tell their stories in their own words--and our work is far from done. Our goals were to shed light on the human stories behind the data; to strengthen the capacity of stakeholders around the world to tell their own compelling stories; and to to drive global momentum around the family planning movement and help build a stronger sense of community. An evaluation of FP Voices indicates that the initiative is positively impacting family planning knowledge, attitudes, self-efficacy, and knowledge application among our global community.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

When I was in 10th grade, 9 of my classmates were pregnant. Only much later when I became a mother myself did I begin to understand just how many challenges teen parents face. Giving girls, women, and couples the power to decide whether, when, and how often to become pregnant helps them chart the course of their own lives and their children's. Contraception is a simple preventative measure that can unlock health, education, economic opportunity, peace, and more. Everyone deserves access.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

I will use the 120 Under 40 platform to expand the reach of of FP Voices by documenting and publishing the stories of 120 Under 40 winners and by sharing all of our stories and activities with the 120 Under 40 audience. The $1,000 would help us expand our capacity-strengthening activities to reach some of our most important stakeholders—youth—with in-person or virtual storytelling guidance, tools, and opportunities.

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