Rebekah L. Rollston, MD, MPH
Rebekah L. Rollston, MD, MPH, is Affiliate Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Primary Care Blog, Co-Founder of Doctors For A Healthy US (@OurHealthyUS), and Family Medicine Physician at Cambridge Health Alliance. She earned her Medical Degree from East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine and her Master of Public Health (MPH) from The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. Her professional interests focus on social influencers of health & health disparities, gender-based violence, sexual & reproductive health, self-esteem development, addiction medicine, rural health, homelessness & supportive housing, and immigrant health.
As such, Rebekah is a frequent contributor to the American Public Health Association Medical Care Blog, and she has also written for Our Bodies Ourselves, SIECUS: Sex Ed For Social Change, and the Healthy Teen Network. Rebekah has served as the sexual & reproductive health expert for stories published by National Public Radio and Mashable. In 2019, she published the Fenway Institute policy brief, Promoting Cervical Cancer Screening Among Female-to-Male Transmasculine Patients, which is largely based on the qualitative research Rebekah conducted for her MPH thesis.
As the Larry A. Green Scholar at the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine & Primary Care, Rebekah developed the interactive story map, Sexuality Education Legislation and Policy: A State-by-State Comparison of Health Indicators, which explores sex education legislation by state, compared to each state’s respective health indicators: sexual violence, physical dating violence, bullying/harassment, suicide, contraceptive prevalence, STI rate, and teen birth rate. This story map can be used as a visually accessible advocacy tool to demonstrate the breadth of health indicators impacted by comprehensive sex education. Rebekah published her personal story in the Journal of Expressive Writing, which was the impetus that resulted in her passion for comprehensive sex education.
Rebekah is an active member of the Harvard Joint Committee on the Status of Women, Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Public Health, and Affiliate of the RTI Global Gender Center. She has been inducted into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health and Gold Humanism Honor Society, and she was also selected for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education in 2019.
Rebekah is an East Tennessee native, now living in Newton, Massachusetts. In her free time, she enjoys running, yoga, hiking, camping, traveling with her fiancé, and is the proud social coordinator for Back On My Feet (Boston) Team Hope!