Jody R. Lori

Dr. Jody Lori

Jody R. Lori, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN

Associate Professor
Associate Dean for Global Affairs
Director, PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 3320A 400NIB

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 763-0097
Fax: (734) 763-0681

Scholarly Expertise / Activity


  • Safe motherhood
  • Community-based interventions
  • Human rights
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Human resources for health

Dr. Jody Lori's work is based on a human rights approach to reduce maternal mortality disparities globally. Working with this focus, her program of research centers on community-based interventions to address the high rates of maternal and neonatal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, she is working in collaboration with the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) with funding from a private donor on a major multi-year project addressing midwifery pre-service education and faculty retention in Ghana and Cambodia. Her research in Ghana is focused on describing pathways for posting professional midwives to underserved and deprived rural areas to encourage rural service for the Ministry of Health. Past field work experience has included travel to Ghana, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mexico and Zambia.

Current Research Grants and Programs:

  • Fogarty/NIH, New Avenues to Increase the Use of Skilled Birth Attendants in Ghana. (PI) 2011-2016
  • Sigma Theta Tau – Rho Chapter, Alerting adolescent women about reproductive education (AAWARE), 2014-2015
  • EMPACE UM - HAIL (University of Michigan nursing – Healthcare And Integrated Learning), 2014-2015
  • University of Michigan Office of Research (UMOR), Alerting adolescent women about reproductive education (AAWARE), 2014-2015
  • USAID, Innovation, Research, Operations, and Planned Evaluation for Mothers and Children (I-ROPE), Liberia, West Africa. (PI) 2010-2014


Dr. Jody Lori has developed two undergraduate elective courses, Perspectives in Global Health (N420) and Introduction to Global health: Issues and Challenges (N421) to introduce students to global heath concepts. N421 provides students with an opportunity for a supervised international experience in a low or middle resource country focused on the global and public health concepts of health promotion and risk reduction. Dr. Lori has taught community health nursing (N422) for second career students in Liberia, West Africa. She also teaches graduate nurse-midwifery students in their final clinical course, Integration of Midwifery Practice in global settings.

Affiliations / Service

  • Chair, Division of Global Health, American College of Nurse-Midwives, 2010-2013
  • Member, Council on Global Engagement, Faculty Advisory Group, Provost Office, 2009-present
  • Facilitator, Making Pregnancy Safer - Community of Practice, WHO and WHO Collaborating Centers, 2006-present
  • Member, Steering Committee Member for development of a Nursing & Midwifery Community of Practice (CoP) in partnership with WHO and WHO Collaborating Centers, 2005-present
  • Member, Transcultural Nursing Society, 2005-present
  • Member, American College of Nurse-Midwives, Chair, 1990-present
  • Member, Southeastern Michigan Chapter, American College of Nurse-Midwives, 1990-present (Chair, 1994-1996)

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2012
  • Fellow, American College of Nurse Midwives, 2010
  • Faculty Associate, Center for Global Health, University of Michigan, 2009
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, American College of Nurse-Midwives, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002
  • March of Dimes, Graduate Nursing Scholarship Award, 2006
  • W. Newton Long Award, American College of Nurse Midwives, 2005


  • PhD, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2009
  • MS, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1992
  • BSN, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI ,1980

Publication Highlights

  • Lori, J.R., Munro, M.L. & Chuey, M.R. (2015) Use of a Facilitated Discussion Model for Antenatal Care to Improve Communication, International Journal of Nursing Studies.
  • Perosky, JE, Munro, ML, Kay, JL, Nyanplu, A, Williams, G Andreatta, PB, & Lori, JR. (2015). Texting from the Bush: Data Collection using SMS Text Messaging in Areas of Low Network Coverage from Low-Literacy Providers, Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives.
  • Lori, J.R. & Boyle, J. (2015) Forced Migration: Health and Human Rights Issues among Refugee Populations, Nursing Outlook, 63(1): 68-76. (invited manuscript)
  • Rominski, S., Morhe, E. & Lori, J.R. (2015) Post-Abortion Contraception Choices of Women in Ghana: A One-Year Review, Global Public Health, 10(3): 345–353.
  • Lori, J.R., Yi, C.H., Ackah, J.V. & Adanu, R.M.K. (2014). Examining Antenatal Health Literacy in Ghana, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 46(6), 432-440.
  • Munro, M.L., Lori, J.R., Boyd, C. & Andreatta, P. (2014). Knowledge and Skill Retention of a Mobile Phone Data Collection Protocol in Rural Liberia, Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 59(2), 176-183.
  • Lori, J.R., Livingston, L., Eagle, Rominski, S., Nakua, E., & Agyei-Baffour, P. (2014) Rural Origin and Exposure Drives Ghanaian Midwives’ Reported Future Practice, African Journal of Reproductive Health, 18(3):95-100.
  • Rominski, S. & Lori, J.R. (2014) Abortion care in Ghana: A critical review of the literature, African Journal of Reproductive Health, 18(3): 17-35.
  • Bell, S.A., Rominski, S., Bam, V., Donkor, E. & Lori, J.R. (2013). An Analysis of Nursing Education in Ghana: Priorities for Scaling-up the Nursing Workforce. Nursing and Health Sciences.
  • Lori, J.R., Amable, E., Mertz, S., Moriarty, K. (2012). Behavior Change Following Implementation of Home-Based Life Saving Skills in Liberia, West Africa, Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 57(5), 495-501.
  • Saftner, MA, Martyn, KK, & Lori, JR. (2011). Sexually active adolescent women: Assessing family and peer relationships using event history calendars. Journal of School Nursing, 27(3), 225-236.
  • Lori, JR & Boyle, JS. (2011). Cultural childbirth practices, beliefs and traditions in postconflict Liberia. Health Care for Women International 32(6): 454-473.
  • Lori, JR & Starke, A. (2011). A critical analysis of maternal morbidity and mortality in Liberia, West Africa. Midwifery doi:10.1016/j.midw.2010.12.001.
  • Lori, JR, Yi, CH & Martyn, KM. (2011). Provider characteristics desired by African-American women in prenatal care. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 22(1): 71-76.
  • Lori, JR, Majszak, CM & Martyn, KM. (2010). Home-based life saving skills in Liberia: Acquisition and retention of skills and knowledge. Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 55(4): 370-377.