Alumna fights to improve health care access for foster care girls

FIU alumna Lindsay Rosenthal ’07 has been granted the Ms. Foundation for Women’s 2013-2014 fellowship.

Lindsay Rosenthal

Lindsay Rosenthal

As part of the foundation’s Advocacy and Policy department, Rosenthal will identify the best strategies for increasing access to health care services for girls currently in, or transitioning from, the juvenile justice and foster care systems. Her research and advocacy will support the repeal of formal restrictions on access to abortion care, including the Hyde Amendment which restricts access to abortion services for those reliant on public funding. Rosenthal’s work will also support an end to the practice of terminating Medicaid coverage for incarcerated individuals.

The fellowship is a full-time, one-year commitment starting in September 2013.

“The department and its faculty take great pride in Lindsay’s honor. She was a terrific student – very curious, deeply passionate about literature and ideas, and really intent in making a real difference in the lives of women and children here in South Florida,” said James Sutton, chair of the Department of English. “I know Lindsay very well. I mentored her very closely and taught her in several Shakespeare courses. I knew when she went off to graduate school that great things were in store for her. This honor simply proves that her amazing journey continues.”

The Ms. Foundation for Women fights to eliminate barriers for every woman in the United States. They are advocates giving a voice to women to elevate their most pressing issues. The foundation invests funds, time, expertise and training in more than 100 organizations nationwide.

Rosenthal earned a bachelor’s in English and a certificate in Women’s Studies. In 2010, she earned a master’s degree in humanities from the University of Chicago. Her graduate research focused on structural violence in the foster care system. She is currently a research assistant for the Health Policy and Women’s Health and Rights units at the Center for American Progress, where she works directly with youth and families in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. Rosenthal formerly worked for the Illinois Subsequent Pregnancy Program and served as intern for the White House Domestic Policy Council.

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