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.
Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences
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Carpenter DM, Zule WA, Hennessy CM, Evon DM, Hurt CB, Ostrach B. Factors associated with perceived ease of access to syringes in Appalachian North Carolina. J Rural Health. 2023 Jan; 39(1):212-222. PMID: 35819251; PMCID: PMC9772148; DOI: 10.1111/jrh.12698;
Harless C, Lugo B, Ostrach B. Hepatitis C and HIV Screening, Testing, and Risk Perceptions among South-Central Appalachian County Health Department Staff. South Med J. 2022 Jul; 115(7):422-428. PMID: 35777748
Cabello-De la Garza A, Harless C, Ostrach B, Fagan B. Increasing North Carolina's Workforce Capacity for Prescribing Buprenorphine Products. N C Med J. 2022 Jul-Aug; 83(4):288-293. PMID: 35817448
Davis SA, Dryer R, Zule W, Ostrach B, Carpenter DM. A content review of buprenorphine training programs for pharmacists. Explor Res Clin Soc Pharm. 2022 Jun; 6:100154. PMID: 35813287; PMCID: PMC9256820; DOI: 10.1016/j.rcsop.2022.100154;
Carpenter D, Lambert KV, Harless JC, Wilson CG, Davis SA, Zule WA, Ostrach B. North Carolina community pharmacists' buprenorphine dispensing practices and attitudes. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2022 Sep-Oct; 62(5):1606-1614. PMID: 35643625
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
Bulled N, Singer M, Ostrach B. Syndemics and intersectionality: A response commentary. Soc Sci Med. 2022 02; 295:114743. PMID: 35120756
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;
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
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
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2015 Berger-Marks Foundation Edna Award for Social Justice:
2015 National Society of Collegiate Scholars:
Distinguished Faculty Member
2013 University of Connecticut Medical Anthropology Forum Fund Dissertation Grant: