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ASRM’s Center for Policy and Leadership Announces Selections for the 2024 Cohort of the PRIMED Scholars Advocacy Program


February 1, 2024
For immediate release

Washington, DC – The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Center for Policy and Leadership today announced the members of the 2024 cohort of the PRIMED Scholars program.

We were inundated with interest in this program from across ASRM’s membership and are truly excited to welcome the selected members of this year’s inaugural cohort to the program. Each selectee brings a unique, diverse perspective that will render them assets to the infertility community as advocacy ambassadors upon completion of the program, said Rebecca O’Connor, JD, ASRM CPL Director.


At a time when reproductive medicine faces heightened scrutiny from policymakers, it is imperative that ASRM’s membership has a seat at the table. PRIMED is just one of many steps we’re taking to put the knowledge and skills necessary to inform policies affecting the field at our members’ fingertips. I look forward to seeing the PRIMED advocates of this and future classes in action, said Paula Amato, MD, ASRM President.

ASRM CPL PRIMED Scholars advocacy program:

Designed for ASRM members passionate about making a real impact, PRIMED offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to become trailblazers in reproductive medicine advocacy. Participants will gain comprehensive, skill-based training through a hybrid of in-person and online modules spanning approximately ten weeks. From the fundamental aspects of policymaking to mastering message crafting and media relations, PRIMED will equip participants with the tools to become influential voices, shaping the future of reproductive medicine.

ASRM extends gratitude to the members of the PRIMED Advisory Committee: Ruben Alvero, MD, Paula Amato, MD, Alicia Christy, MD, Sangita Jindal, MD, Ginny Ryan, MD, and Michael Thomas, MD.


The members of the 2024 PRIMED Scholars Cohort are:

  • Morgan Baker, RN, Pleasant Grove, UT
  • Valerie Lynn Baker, MD, Lutherville Timonium, MD
  • Julie Bindeman, Psy-D., Rockville, MD
  • Inger Britt Carlsson, PhD., Orange, CA
  • Tyler Cozzubbo, MPH, Lancaster, PA
  • Olumayowa Dayo, MD, San Diego, CA
  • Elizabeth Lee, RN, Gilbert, AZ
  • Ann Marie Luft, RN, Lake Mary, FL
  • Aileen Portugal, MD, St. Louis, MO
  • Alisha Tolani, MD, San Francisco, CA
  • Nicole Ulrich, MD, New Orleans, LA
  • Rachel Whynott, MD, Seattle, WA

For almost a century, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has been the global leader in multidisciplinary reproductive medicine research, ethical practice, and education. ASRM impacts reproductive care and science worldwide by creating funding opportunities for advancing reproduction research and discovery, by providing evidence-based education and public health information, and by advocating for reproductive health care professionals and the patients they serve. With members in more than 100 countries, the Society is headquartered in Washington, DC, with additional operations in Birmingham, AL. www.asrm.org 

For media inquiries regarding this press release contact:

Sean Tipton
ASRM Chief Advocacy and Policy Officer
E: stipton@asrm.org

Anna Hovey
Advocacy Engagement Specialist
E: ahovey@asrm.org 

J. Benjamin Younger Office of Public Affairs 
726 7th St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
Tel: (202) 863-2494

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