Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak
President, Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts
As President and CEO of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, Dr. Childs-Roshak leads the largest freestanding reproductive health care provider and advocacy organization in the Commonwealth. Every year, PPLM provides a wide range of sexual and reproductive health care to more than 30,000 patients across Massachusetts and educates 9,000 young people, parents, and professionals through PPLM’s nationally recognized sexual health education programs. PPLM’s Get Real: Comprehensive Sex Education That Works curriculum has reached over 145,000 youth and is on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services list of evidence-based programs. Dr. Childs-Roshak also serves as the President of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, the advocacy and political arm of PPLM. Dr. Childs-Roshak is the first physician to lead these two organizations in their history.
Prior to joining PPLM in November 2015, Dr. Childs-Roshak served as the Boston Regional Medical Director for Atrius Health while personally caring for 1,000 patients as a primary care physician. She also served as the Site Medical Director of the Kenmore practice.
Dr. Childs-Roshak’s interest in sexual and reproductive health care dates back to her time as a new Harvard graduate working as an editor at the United Nations Fund for Populations Activities. Inspired by the work at UNFPA to ensure universal access to reproductive health, she also volunteered with Planned Parenthood NYC at that time. Together, these experiences motivated her to pursue a career in primary care medicine.
Dr. Childs-Roshak received her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, completed her internship and residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine and is board certified in family medicine. In addition to being a family physician, Dr. Childs-Roshak’s leadership roles have included serving as Medical Director of Quality and Department Chairperson at the Milford Regional Medical Center and Vice President of Medical Services of the Family Health Center of Worcester. Dr. Childs-Roshak has also served as a faculty physician at the Maine Medical Center family medicine, the UMass family medicine, and most recently the Brigham and Women’s internal medicine resident training programs. Complementing her medical degree, Dr. Childs-Roshak holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Boston University School of Management. Dr. Childs-Roshak and her husband, Phillip Roshak, CPA, have two grown sons and live in Boston.