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Meet Liz Futrell

SRHR Senior Technical Writer, United States
“We make sense of our world through stories. The story of an individual, a human being, is really important in helping us to understand pressing issues in our world and to embrace and implement life-changing solutions. In public health, the need for compelling storytelling will always be present.”

Liz Futrell joined Pathfinder as Senior Technical Writer in 2020 to support Pathfinder’s objective to learn from and disseminate our implementation experience and technical strategies. She also supports proposal development. Liz is a lifelong writer and storyteller with more than a decade of public health experience, much of it in family planning and adolescent sexual and reproductive health.

Liz began her career as a high school English teacher and served as a youth development volunteer in the Peace Corps in Morocco and an English language instructor in Japan before moving into public health. She has worked as a technical writer, content development lead, and senior program officer on international family planning and reproductive health projects at FHI 360 and the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP). At CCP, she co-founded and led Family Planning Voices, a global storytelling initiative for the family planning movement led in partnership by the Knowledge for Health Project and Family Planning 2020. In this role, she documented hundreds of stories and facilitated storytelling workshops in Indonesia, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa, Rwanda, and the U.S. Most recently, Liz directed the Ci3 Transmedia Story Lab at the University of Chicago, providing platforms for marginalized urban young people to share insights about the structural factors that affect their sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing.

Liz has a BA in English and Secondary Education from DePaul University and an MSPH in Health Policy and Management from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

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