Kelly Blanchard receives Outstanding Young Professional Award at APHA Annual Meeting

November 2006

November 15, 2006 – Kelly Blanchard, President of Ibis Reproductive Health, receives Outstanding Young Professional Award. Last week at the annual American Public Health Association meeting, Kelly Blanchard, the President of Ibis Reproductive Health, received the annual Outstanding Young Professional Award from the Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Health Section for her contributions to the field.  Each year the section gives the award to a young professional who has made important contributions early in her/his career.

 “It is really an honor to receive this award, and I am thrilled to join the list of extraordinary individuals who have won the award in the past; I am also very proud to consider many of them close colleagues,” said Blanchard.

 Ibis Reproductive Health Board Chairman Chris Elias said, “It is wonderful to have the important contributions Kelly has made both at Ibis and in her career overall recognized in this way.  We on the Ibis Board are very proud of her achievements.”   Ms. Blanchard has published more than 35 articles in peer-reviewed journals on family planning and reproductive health.  She joined Ibis Reproductive Health  in 2003, opening the Johannesburg office, and in November 2004 was appointed President.