Elected November 2019
Term Ending: November 2023
Sarah Gareau, DrPH, MEd, MCHES, is a Maternal & Child Health Policy Analyst at the University of South Carolina’s Institute of Families in Society, where she works with more than 100 stakeholders through the SC Birth Outcomes Initiative who share a commitment to making a positive difference in maternal and child health. Together, they collaborate as data partners, policy makers, clinicians, hospital CEOs, community health workers, and private and public payers to transform state health systems.
This work, across sectors, has proven invaluable in her prior public health leadership roles, which have included implementing & evaluating community-based health education programs, advocating for improved state legislation and policy, directing a Master of Public Health program, and training with other community leaders in non-profit management.
She is an active member of South Carolina state Affiliate and received the Lucinda Thomas Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Area of Community Health by the South Carolina Public Health Association in 2010.
Her APHA service includes chairing program and policy committees, appointing leaders to APHA boards and submitting award nominations, working to expand family-friendly policies, serving on the Committee on Women’s Rights and as a Section Councilor for Medical Care, supporting the work of the APHA History Project, and chairing the Women’s Caucus. As Chair of the Caucus Collaborative, the umbrella organization for 17 APHA-affiliated Caucuses, she had the opportunity to work with the Intersectional Council Steering Committee, Student Assembly, and Council of Affiliates, most recently serving as the Liaison to the ISC-SC Gun Violence Prevention Workgroup and a member of the Leadership Pathways Committee.
Gareau is particularly passionate about decreasing maternal morbidity for vulnerable women by integrating women’s stories into efforts to improve policy, access, and practice. Her own experiences as a mother have fueled this work grounded in reproductive justice.