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Tricia Petruney

Tricia Petruney - 2016 Nominee
Position: Technical Advisor
Organization: FHI 360
Tricia is an intelligent, dedicated individual who applies proven research uptake strategies to improve access to FP services worldwide. She is a thought-leader and advocate for the integration of FP into other health and development sectors. – Trinity Zan, Technical Advisor at FHI 360
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

For almost 10 years I have worked toward the implementation of global, regional and local policies, programs, and practices that fully recognize and leverage the key role of FP in overall development. I focus on strengthening the linkages between FP and other key programs within health (e.g., HIV/AIDS) and other development sector settings (e.g., environment, nutrition, food security, education, microfinance, and agriculture). I publish articles in peer-reviewed journals (like Science and Bulletin of the WHO), write blogs, make videos, manage advocacy programs, provide capacity building to grassroots organizations, and help governments revise their national policies – all in support of this ultimate goal.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

The stark realization in my early 20s that it was my privileged ability to use FP easily (solely through the luck of being an American with access to Planned Parenthood services) that enabled me to pursue my education, the career I wanted, the relationships I wanted, and the life I wanted. Without it, I know I wouldn't have been able to do those things. As soon as I put my finger on that fact I wanted every girl and woman in the world to have the same opportunity.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

I want to help create the big tipping point that results in decision-makers outside of health (in education, climate, nutrition, economics) loudly demanding better FP because they know it will help them meet their goals. And politicians in poor countries who are devoted to ending extreme poverty through a demographic dividend to budget for FP. More than anything, I want every girl and woman to have access to all FP methods, so that she's the driver of her own destiny, to the benefit of all.

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