2020 Leadership Journey Project: WomenLift Research: Plugging the Leaky Pipeline
Cheryl A. Moyer, PhD, MPH is Associate Director of Global REACH and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Learning Health Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan Medical School. She also co-directs the University’s Global Health Research Certificate Program. Dr. Moyer’s research focuses on maternal and neonatal health in sub-Saharan Africa, primarily Ghana and Uganda, including a specific focus on the social and cultural factors linked to maternal and neonatal outcomes. She has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and mentored more than 80 trainees from Ghana, Uganda, and the U.S. on research addressing maternal and newborn health.
She currently serves as a co-investigator on the Northern Pacific Global Health (NPGH) Fogarty-funded training program and primary mentor for Ghana-based trainees. Together with partners in northern Ghana, Dr. Moyer led a 3-year, USAID-funded project that combined social autopsy, spatial visualization, and community engagement to address the social and cultural factors associated with maternal and neonatal deaths and “near-misses”, or those mothers and babies who almost died but ultimately survived. Dr. Moyer is currently working with colleagues in Ghana on a randomized-controlled trial of group-based antenatal care across 14 hospitals in the Eastern Region of the country.