Amoy Jacques successfully completed a Master of Public Health and graduated Summa Cum Laude at the University of Montana in 2018. She has a sincere passion to improve the health, wellness and policies that support and protect women particularly those of African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) backgrounds during their reproductive years.
She was fortunate to gain exceptional experience at two graduate internships in Los Angeles, California. She worked as a public health intern with the Association of Wholistic and Maternal Newborn Health (AWMNH). Together with the executive director, they planned, implemented and evaluated the 2015 Mother Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI) conference to improve community-based doula care and midwifery services for minority group women. As a graduate student at the Pasadena Public Health department, she worked with the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health director to develop evaluation tools for the Black Infant Health Program to improve its effectiveness for future expectant black mothers.
These academic experiences inspired her research interests in reproductive health equity, health policy and population-centered interventions.
To complement her academic acumen, her passion for ACB women is fuelled by her own challenges with infertility, uterine fibroids and endometriosis. She is currently engaged in several exciting projects and papers with key partners at various health agencies to address the reproductive health concerns of ACB women and will help develop policies to improve their health outcomes.