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 School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences
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:
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Ostrach BMM. "I'll tell you what's important to me…": lessons for women's health screening. BMC Womens Health. 2021 Feb 18; 21(1):73. PMID: 33602189
Leiner C, Cody T, Mullins N, Ramage M, Ostrach BMM. "The elephant in the room;" a qualitative study of perinatal fears in opioid use disorder treatment in Southern Appalachia. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2021 Feb 17; 21(1):143. PMID: 33596843
Ostrach B, Carpenter D, Cote LP. DEA Disconnect Leads to Buprenorphine Bottlenecks. J Addict Med. 2020 Nov 11. PMID: 33181577
Ostrach B. Human-Centered Design for a Women's Health Screening Tool: Participant Experiences. South Med J. 2020 Oct; 113(10):469-474. PMID: 33005959
Ostrach B, Lynch K, Houston A, Carney MA. Conditions of Immigration Detention Increase Risks for COVID-19 Disease Interactions. Medical Anthropology Quarterly. 2020. View Publication
Hughes P, Denslow S, Ostrach B, Fusco C, Tak C. Exploration of the STOP Act and Opioid Deaths in North Carolina, 2010-2018. Am J Public Health. 2020 10; 110(10):1573-1577. PMID: 32816537
Ostrach B, Buer LM, Armbruster S, Brown H, Yochym G, Zaller N. COVID-19 and Rural Harm Reduction Challenges in the US Southern Mountains. J Rural Health. 2021 01; 37(1):252-255. PMID: 32652621
Hughes P, Ostrach B. Trends in exposure to over-reach: a comment on the methodology of Reynolds et al. 2019. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2021 Jan; 59(1):85-86. PMID: 32368941
Carney M, Ostrach B. Austerity, Not COVID-19, Strains National Healthcare Systems. somatosphere.net. 2020. View Publication
Singer M, Bulled N, Ostrach B. Whither syndemics?: Trends in syndemics research, a review 2015-2019. Glob Public Health. 2020 07; 15(7):943-955. PMID: 32037962
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