Jo-Anna Rorie

Jo-Anna L. Rorie

MPH Advisory Committee Member

Degree(s) & Alma Mater: MSN, Simmons College, MPH, PhD

Current Organization:
Boston Medical Center: Associate Professor
Health Care Without Walls: Bridges to Moms Program-Program Coordinator

Current Title: Program Coordinator Bridges to Moms

Past Title and Organization of Significance: Associate Professor Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health.

Dr. Jo-Anna Rorie is the nurse coordinator for the Bridges to Moms program, one of three programs offered by Health Care Without Walls, a nonprofit volunteer program of physicians and nurse practitioners who offer free medical care to homeless women across the lifespan. The Bridges to Moms is a program specifically designed to support pregnant and postpartum women homeless and their families around 4 key social determinants of health, housing, food security, transportation and personal safety.She has an extensive background in nurse midwifery, public health, diversity workforce development, social justice advocacy and has held many well-known leadership roles in midwifery at the local, regional and national levels. Dr. Rorie began her career in the late 1980’s at a time in when Massachusetts was faced with an infant mortality crisis, especially in the Boston neighborhoods of North Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury. An extensive needs assessment led to a city-wide maternal and child health (MCH) agenda. Jo-Anna fingerprints were all over that agenda; and the subsequent recommendations calling for community-based perinatal initiatives that would utilize nurse-midwifery services as a critical element of care for underserved communities. Her zest to be part of the next generation of solutions to public health challenges has not wavered in the 35 years. She continues to do clinical practice as the post-partum rounder for the Nurse Midwifery practice at Boston Medical Center.