Executive Vice President and Vice President for Communications & Publications
Dr. Summers joined the Guttmacher Institute as Vice President for Communications & Publications in September 2012. She was named Executive Vice President in November 2015. In her role as head of the Communications & Publications division, she provides vision and creative input for a growing team of communications specialists, editors, science writers, and Web, digital and design experts. She is responsible for assuring the high quality of all products carrying the Institute’s brand, including a wide array of digital and print publications for academic and professional audiences, the Institute’s website, data visualization, motion graphics and social media outreach. As Executive Vice President, Dr. Summers oversees the implementation and monitoring of the Institute’s strategic plan, supports the Institute’s President and CEO in liaison with the Board of Directors, and serves as a leading representative of the Institute at conferences, with donors and at other events.
Prior to joining the Guttmacher Institute, Dr. Summers served as the Executive Director of Health Planning at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she identified policy, programmatic and operational opportunities to improve the City’s health care system. Her office provided support and expertise to the department for policy development and analysis—particularly in light of health care reform—and engaged in research, surveillance and program evaluation to guide and inform departmental activities. Prior to this position, she was the Director of Take Care New York, the comprehensive health policy agenda for New York City. Before her service at the health department, Dr. Summers was the Director of Marketing and Public Affairs at Danco Laboratories, a small pharmaceutical company that manufactures, markets and distributes Mifeprex (the abortion pill) in the United States. She was responsible for all media relations, patient and provider education, product marketing, investor relations, Congressional liaising and small grants programs.
Dr. Summers received her DrPH in health policy and administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where her research was focused on pregnancy intentions and contraceptive decision making. She received her MPH degree in community health from San Diego State University and her BS in biology from the University of Utah. In 2013, she received the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Illinois at Chicago, in recognition of her contributions to the field of public health.
Recent publications include:
Glowa-Kollisch S et al., Beyond the bridge: evaluating a novel mental health program in the New York City jail system, American Journal of Public Health, 2014, 104(11):2212-2218.
Jasek J and Summers C, Uninsured adults in New York City, Epi Data Brief, 2014, 43:1-3.
Gourevitch MN et al., The challenge of attribution: responsibility for population health in the context of accountable care, American Journal of Public Health, 2012, 102(S3):S322–S324.
Hosseinipour N, Jasek J and Summers C, Oral health in New York City, NYC Vital Signs, 2012, 11(5):1–4.
Tria M, Jasek J and Summers C, Preventing hospitalizations in New York City, NYC Vital Signs, 2012, 11(3):1–4.
Cohen L et al., Take Care New York 2012: a policy for a healthier New York City, City Health Information, 2009, 28(S5):1–8.
Summers C et al., Take Care New York 2012: A Policy for a Healthier New York City, New York: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 2009.