My public health career began 30 years ago as an applied anthropologist and educator of community health workers in Nepal. The work inspired my lifelong concern with the health care of women and their infants, particularly in communities that are under-served. In both international and domestic settings, my work focuses on the disconnects between the lives of women and the health care systems meant to serve their needs across the life course and proven strategies for engaging and activating women to be full partners in their reproductive health care and planning. I am currently supported by the NICHD and NIDDK to study the barriers to follow-up testing and prevention for women with gestational diabetes, a harbinger of risk type 2 diabetes mellitus later in life. At BUSPH I serve as Associate Chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences, Co-Director of the MCH Certificate, and Director of the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health, a Center dedicated to the education of a diverse MCH workforce, ready to lead. As an educator, I specialize in practice-based courses that engage students in the application of their skills and knowledge in real life organizations, addressing real life challenges. Currently I teach “Implementing Community Health Initiatives: A Field-based Course in Leadership and Consultation” and “Sexual and Reproductive Health Advocacy: From Rights to Justice” I completed an MPH in population, family and international health and a DrPH in perinatal epidemiology and health services research at UCLA School of Public Health. Upon graduation, I co-founded the Institute for Urban Health Policy and Research for the Boston Department of Health and Hospitals and served as its Senior Research Scientist for 7 years before joining the faculty of Boston University. During my tenure at the Institute, I led research and community action initiatives designed to mobilize community residents, health professionals, academics, and policy-makers to eliminate racial disparities in infant death and pre-term birth. Our findings led to fundamental changes in how perinatal health services are delivered to women of African descent in Boston. I directed the launch of a study abroad program, “IHP: Health and Community”, dedicated to comparative study of health, systems and culture in four countries. I co-founded the Women’s Health Committee of the MCH Section of the American Public Health Association, am a member of the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health, and serve on the peer review panels of the Women’s Health Journal, the Maternal and Child Health Journal, the Journal of the Poor and Under-served, and Public Health Reports, BMC Health Services, and BMC Pregnancy and Birth.
- Associate Chair, Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health
- Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine
- Director, Maternal & Child Health Center of Excellence, Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health
- Co-Director, MCH Certificate Program, Maternal & Child Health, Boston University School of Public Health
- University of California, Los Angeles, DPH/DrPH
- University of California, Los Angeles, MPH
- Wheaton College, BA
- Published on 9/7/2017
Bernstein JA, Quinn E, Ameli O, Craig M, Heeren T, Lee-Parritz A, Iverson R, Jack B, McCloskey L. Follow-up after gestational diabetes: a fixable gap in women's preventive healthcare. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2017; 5(1):e000445. PMID: 28948028.
- Published on 11/28/2016
Margo J, McCloskey L, Gupte G, Zurek M, Bhakta S, Feinberg E. Women's Pathways to Abortion Care in South Carolina: A Qualitative Study of Obstacles and Supports. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2016 Dec; 48(4):199-207. PMID: 27893185.
- Published on 6/17/2016
Bernstein JA, McCloskey L, Gebel CM, Iverson RE, Lee-Parritz A. Lost opportunities to prevent early onset type 2 diabetes mellitus after a pregnancy complicated by gestational diabetes. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2016; 4(1):e000250. PMID: 27347422.
- Published on 2/4/2016
Manze MG, McCloskey L, Bokhour BG, Paasche-Orlow MK, Parker VA. The perceived role of clinicians in pregnancy prevention among young Black women. Sex Reprod Healthc. 2016 Jun; 8:19-24. PMID: 27179373.
- Published on 1/1/2016
Manze MG, McCloskey L, Bokhour BG, Paasche-Orlow, MK, Parker VA. . The perceived role of clinicians in pregnancy prevention among young Black women. Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare. 2016; (8):19-24.
- Published on 6/19/2015
Cheng ER, Declercq ER, Belanoff C, Iverson RE, McCloskey L. Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Likelihood of Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery. Birth. 2015 Sep; 42(3):249-53. PMID: 26088760.
- Published on 12/17/2014
Sakeah E, McCloskey L, Bernstein J, Yeboah-Antwi K, Mills S, Doctor HV. Can community health officer-midwives effectively integrate skilled birth attendance in the community-based health planning and services program in rural Ghana? Reprod Health. 2014; 11:90. PMID: 25518900.
- Published on 8/11/2014
Sakeah E, McCloskey L, Bernstein J, Yeboah-Antwi K, Mills S, Doctor HV. Is there any role for community involvement in the community-based health planning and services skilled delivery program in rural Ghana? BMC Health Serv Res. 2014; 14:340. PMID: 25113017.
- Published on 4/10/2014
Sakeah E, Doctor HV, McCloskey L, Bernstein J, Yeboah-Antwi K, Mills S. Using the community-based health planning and services program to promote skilled delivery in rural Ghana: socio-demographic factors that influence women utilization of skilled attendants at birth in northern Ghana. BMC Public Health. 2014; 14:344. PMID: 24721385.
- Published on 4/1/2014
McCloskey L, Bernstein J, Winter M, Iverson R, Lee-Parritz A. Follow-up of gestational diabetes mellitus in an urban safety net hospital: missed opportunities to launch preventive care for women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2014 Apr; 23(4):327-34. PMID: 24707899.
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