Sarah Gareau, DrPH, MEd, MCHES

Sarah GareauElected Member 

Sarah Gareau, DrPH, MEd, MCHES, is a Research Assistant Professor and the Maternal and Child Health and Health Equity Evaluation Projects Team Lead at the University of South Carolina’s Institute of Families in Society. Her research and policy work centers on reducing maternal morbidity among communities of opportunity, as well as improving outcomes and access to healthcare for the uninsured.

Through these efforts, she has worked with more than 100 stakeholders of the SC Birth Outcomes Initiative who share a commitment to making a positive difference in maternal and child health. Together, they collaborate as data partners, policy makers, clinicians, hospital CEOs, community health workers, and private and public payers to transform state health systems. This work, across sectors, has proven invaluable in her prior public health leadership roles, which have included implementing & evaluating community-based health education programs, advocating for improved state legislation and policy, directing a Master of Public Health program, and training with other community leaders in non-profit management.

She is a member of the South Carolina and Minnesota state affiliates and received a Voices of Public Health award from the South Carolina Public Health Association in 2020 for her outreach and advocacy to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19.

Her APHA service includes chairing program and policy committees, appointing leaders to APHA boards and submitting award nominations, working to expand family-friendly policies, serving on the Committee on Women’s Rights and as a Section Councilor for Medical Care, supporting the work of the APHA History Project, and chairing the Women’s Caucus. As Chair of the Caucus Collaborative, the umbrella organization for 17 APHA-affiliated Caucuses, she had the opportunity to work with the Intersectional Council Steering Committee, Student Assembly, and Council of Affiliates, where she served as the Liaison to the ISC-SC Gun Violence Prevention Workgroup and a member of the Leadership Pathways Committee.