RWJF Program Co-Director Elected President of Population Association of America

Sep 19, 2011, 1:45 PM, Posted by

Christine A. Bachrach, PhD, co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health & Society Scholars program, was recently elected president of the Population Association of America (PAA). She will serve as president of the association in 2013 but will begin her work in 2012 as president-elect, working with other officers and the PAA Board to provide governance to the association and its activities, and to plan the 2013 annual scientific meeting in New Orleans. Bachrach will also serve on the PAA Board in 2014 for the conclusion of her three-year term, as past president.

“Serving as president of the PAA is a great honor and privilege," Bachrach said. "The tremendous growth of interest within demography in issues of population health makes this a particularly exciting opportunity for me. I am hoping to be able to strengthen the connections between demography and other disciplines contributing to population health research during my tenure as PAA president."

The PAA is a scientific professional association that promotes research on population issues. With about 3,000 members drawn from universities, government and the private sector, the association fosters knowledge of population processes such as fertility, mortality, health, migration, and family formation and dissolution through the publication of the journal Demography, scientific meetings and public education.

Bachrach was named co-director of the Health & Society Scholars National Program Office last April, joining Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, in running the program. Before being named co-director, Bachrach served on the program’s National Advisory Committee.

“We are very proud of Dr. Bachrach’s election to the presidency of PAA,” Boufford said. “It is an honor for her and a feather in the cap of the RWJF Health & Society Scholars program to have the co-director and longtime member of our National Advisory Committee recognized in this way. She has made enormous contributions to research in population health throughout her career and will continue to do so in her leadership role at PAA.”

Learn more about the RWJF Health & Society Scholars program.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.