Bayla Ostrach, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Family Medicine

PhD, University of Connecticut
MA, Oregon State University

Bayla Ostrach, MA, PhD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, is a member of the core faculty and coordinator of the Service Learning Internship for the Master’s of Science program in Medical Anthropology & Cross-Cultural Practice. An Applied Medical Anthropologist by training who conducts research designed to result in changes in policy and practice, Dr. Ostrach is a Fellow of the Society of Family Planning and an invited member of the Scholars Strategy Network. She holds memberships in the American Anthropological Association and North American Catalan Society.

Dr. Ostrach’s research focuses on reproductive justice, publicly funded health systems, the ways that structural violence and marginalization contribute to disease interactions known as syndemics (Singer 2009), and the role of intersectional stigma and other forms of injustice in producing or exacerbating health inequality. She began working directly in the field of reproductive health and abortion care in 1999, and has since worked with and volunteered at multiple clinics in Oregon, Connecticut, and Catalunya.

Dr. Ostrach conducts ongoing fieldwork primarily in Catalunya. Her work focuses on publicly funded reproductive health care and popular engagement with the movement for Catalan independence, as it intersects with commitment to protecting health care for immigrants. She also works with patients and staff of health care facilities in the United States that provide abortion and other reproductive health services.

With Shir Lerman and Merrill Singer, she is the co-editor of a forthcoming volume on stigma-linked syndemics. She has co-authored multiple publications on syndemics, and has single-authored and co-authored publications on reproductive health care access and policy. Her forthcoming book, tentatively titled, Health Policy in (a) Crisis: Access to Publicly Funded Abortion in the Context of Austerity, is under contract with Routledge Press.

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Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

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  1. Leiner C, Antono B, Ostrach B. Perinatal OUD Treatment Provider Understandings of Rural Patients' Experiences. J Addict Med. 2022 Mar-Apr 01; 16(2):177-182. PMID: 35289773
  2. Bulled N, Singer M, Ostrach B. Syndemics and intersectionality: A response commentary. Soc Sci Med. 2022 02; 295:114743. PMID: 35120756
  3. Trull G, Major E, Harless C, Zule W, Ostrach B, Carpenter D. Rural community pharmacist willingness to dispense Suboxone® - A secret shopper investigation in South-Central Appalachia. Explor Res Clin Soc Pharm. 2021 Dec; 4:100082. PMID: 35479845; PMCID: PMC9031434; DOI: 10.1016/j.rcsop.2021.100082;
  4. Ostrach B, Potter R, Wilson CG, Carpenter D. Ensuring buprenorphine access in rural community pharmacies to prevent overdoses. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2022 Mar-Apr; 62(2):588-597.e2. PMID: 34674965
  5. Carroll JJ, El-Sabawi T, Ostrach B. The harms of punishing substance use during pregnancy. Int J Drug Policy. 2021 12; 98:103433. PMID: 34487953
  6. Carroll JJ, Ostrach B, Wilson L, Dunlap JL, Getty R, Bennett J. Drug induced homicide laws may worsen opioid related harms: An example from rural North Carolina. Int J Drug Policy. 2021 11; 97:103406. PMID: 34392113
  7. Ostrach B, Carpenter D, Cote LP. DEA Disconnect Leads to Buprenorphine Bottlenecks. J Addict Med. 2021 Jul-Aug 01; 15(4):272-275. PMID: 33181577
  8. Houston AR, Lynch K, Ostrach B, Isaacs YS, Nvé Díaz San Francisco C, Lee JM, Emard N, Proctor DA. United States immigration detention amplifies disease interaction risk: A model for a transnational ICE-TB-DM2 syndemic. Glob Public Health. 2021 May 04; 1-20. PMID: 33945403
  9. Hughes PM, Verrastro G, Fusco CW, Wilson CG, Ostrach B. An examination of telehealth policy impacts on initial rural opioid use disorder treatment patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic. J Rural Health. 2021 06; 37(3):467-472. PMID: 33720447; PMCID: PMC8250742; DOI: 10.1111/jrh.12570;
  10. Ostrach BMM. "I'll tell you what's important to me…": lessons for women's health screening. BMC Womens Health. 2021 02 18; 21(1):73. PMID: 33602189; PMCID: PMC7891163; DOI: 10.1186/s12905-021-01220-9;
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2015 Berger-Marks Foundation Edna Award for Social Justice: Finalist
2015 National Society of Collegiate Scholars: Distinguished Faculty Member
2013 University of Connecticut Medical Anthropology Forum Fund Dissertation Grant: First Recipient
In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

abortion access
applied anthropology
health inequality
health policy
publicly funded health care
reproductive health
reproductive justice

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