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 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 Oct; 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. 2020 Jul 11. 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). 2020 May 05; 1. 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 Jul; 15(7):943-955. PMID: 32037962
Ostrach B. Publicly Funded Abortion and Marginalised People's Experiences in Catalunya: A Longitudinal, Comparative Study. Anthropology in Action. 2020; 27(1):24-34. View Publication
Barnes LL, Laird LD, Ostrach B. From Medical Anthropology at a Medical School to Careers in Community-Based Applied Anthropology. Practicing Anthropology. 2020; 42(1):36-42.
Koenders SL, Barnes LL, Laird LD, Ostrach B, Fix GM. Applied Training in a Medical Anthropology Master's Program. Practicing Anthropology. 2020; 42(1):43-47.
Ostrach B, Hayes V. Overdose Deaths: Not an Epidemic or a Crisis, and Not by Accident. The Fix. 2019. View Publication
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