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Helen Rodríguez-Trías (1929-2001) was a pediatrician, public health advocate and women’s rights activist who dedicated her career to improving and expanding health care services for women and children, especially for low-income women and families in Puerto Rico and the United States. Over the course of her life and career Rodríguez-Trías fought to improve neonatal care for low-income women, to raise cultural awareness among the medical community, to bring an end to coercive tactics in sterilization, to fight for reproductive justice, to develop policies and services for people with HIV/AIDS, and was a staunch advocate for women of color and low-income women in all aspects of public health.

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