October 2, 2019
Editor’s Note: The FACTS Advisory Council consists of a talented and diverse group of individuals whose guidance and support are vital to the success of our organization. Being a member of our Advisory Council is a voluntary position; all their work with FACTS is a generous contribution of time and expertise. This year, we are featuring one of our Council members each month to highlight their unique contributions to our mission. Our series continues with Victoria Jennings, PhD, whose global expertise in research about fertility awareness based methods (FABMs) is a tremendous asset to FACTS.
Meet Victoria Jennings, PhD
Dr. Victoria Jennings’ career in reproductive health and family planning represents diverse expertise over more than three decades. She is the director of the Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) at Georgetown University. The IRH conducts research, provides technical assistance, and engages in global leadership related to fertility awareness based methods. In her earlier global health work, Dr. Jennings recognized FABMs as an under-utilized approach to family planning. This fueled a growing interest in FABMs and led her to conduct research and contribute to the development of new technologies in the field of fertility awareness.
As director of IRH, she has led the development, testing, and scale-up of the Standard Days Method (SDM) and the TwoDay Method in such diverse settings as Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Dr. Jennings is also recognized for her expertise in the design and implementation of research on fertility apps to answer critical questions, laying a solid foundation for future research. She led the efficacy study conducted in the United States of Dynamic Optimal Timing (Dot), a fertility-tracking app.
Contributions to the Mission of FACTS
Dr. Jennings was invited to join the FACTS Advisory Council as an international expert in the development and research of FABMs. Unique contributions to FACTS include her experience as director of the IRH at Georgetown University over three decades. In addition to developing the Standard Days Method, the TwoDay Method, and recently, the Dot app, her team also conducted research supporting the Lactational Amenorrhea Method.
FACTS executive director, Dr. Marguerite Duane, values Dr. Jennings’ emphasis on recording and verifying the scientific evidence for FABMs. The Dot app studied by Dr. Jennings and her team was the first app for which a high-quality research study was designed, conducted, and published before wide release of the app. Dr. Duane admires the ease with which Dr. Jennings works with people all over the world, both in terms of geography and collaboration with people who represent different methods in the growing universe of fertility awareness. She is deeply committed to expanding women’s options for FABMs regardless of age, level of education, or socioeconomic status.
In Her Own Words
Dr. Jennings values the mission of FACTS and appreciates its relevance both in the United States and throughout the world. In particular, she appreciates “FACTS’ objective of educating future health leaders in fertility awareness and FABMs. It’s an important component of overcoming bias,” she explains, “and ensuring that quality guidance in FABMs is available to women and couples globally. I also appreciate FACTS’ inclusivity, recognizing there are a number of evidence-based FABMs, and women and couples should be able to choose the one that’s most appropriate for them.”
Reflecting on the high caliber of guidance and support available to FACTS, Dr. Jennings adds, “I very much admire Dr. Duane’s expertise and commitment. She is providing such a valuable service to our community through her leadership of FACTS. I also appreciate the diverse experience and perspectives of other FACTS Board members and their many contributions to the organization’s work, both past and future.”
At FACTS, we appreciate Dr. Jennings’ global expertise, commitment to excellence in research, and numerous contributions over decades to the field of fertility awareness. We are grateful to have Dr. Victoria Jennings as an integral part of FACTS and our Advisory Council.
More About Dr. Jennings
Dr. Jennings earned her Doctorate and Master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, where she majored in Anthropology and focused on health beliefs and practices of indigenous communities in Latin America. She continued her post-graduate work at the University of Texas Medical Center with a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, studying human fertility.
Dr. Jennings provides global leadership through participation in expert advisory groups supported by USAID, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, and other agencies. She is a member of the Technical Advisory Group of the High Impact Practices in Family Planning Initiative, and has been the primary author of the FABM chapters in Contraceptive Technology and UpToDate for the last several editions.
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