Mihoko Tanabe, DO, MPH, MIA Hear my name
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Family Medicine

DO, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
MPH, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
MIA, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
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Mihoko Tanabe has worked in both international and domestic refugee health. Prior to transitioning to medicine, she worked for almost a decade with a New York-based humanitarian research and advocacy organization that aimed to enhance health access for refugees and internally displaced persons affected by conflicts and natural disasters worldwide. Over the years, she has conducted research on reproductive health-related issues in Haiti, Kenya, Nepal, the Thai-Burma border, South Sudan, and Uganda, and has overseen projects in Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Jordan, Malaysia, and Pakistan. Some of her projects included piloting community-based approaches to providing sexual and reproductive health services in conflict settings; identifying good practice programming for adolescent reproductive health; and addressing the intersections between sexual and reproductive health and disability in humanitarian contexts. She further advocated for good quality SRH services in conflict and natural disaster settings through reviewing and developing global policy and technical guidance; conducting inter-agency assessments on minimum SRH services at the onset of emergencies; and organizing and presenting at meetings and fora. She also sat on the steering committee of the Inter-agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises, a global network of SRH in crises practitioners.

Now as a family medicine physician in Boston, she sees newly arriving refugees to Boston in her weekly refugee clinic. She is working to strengthen refugee and immigrant health for health equity at Boston Medical Center through exploring how to improve health access and health outcomes for this population.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

2021-2022 Establishing an immigrant and refugee health concentration for BMC family medicine residents.
Role: Assisted Ka-Yi Li, MD and Anuka Das, MD; who were co-residents, in this project.

2023- Evaluating the effectiveness of a multidisciplinary global health education series: “Global Health is Local Health”.
Role: PI for IRB (H-43229); co-investigator for project.

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  1. Tanabe M, Hynes M, Rizvi A, Goswami N, Mahmood N, Krause S. Building resilience for sexual and reproductive health at the community level: learning from three crisis-affected provinces in Pakistan. BMJ Glob Health. 2022 Sep; 7(9). PMID: 36175038; PMCID: PMC9528632; DOI: 10.1136/bmjgh-2022-009251;
  2. ACCESS Consortium. Facilitator’s Kit: Community Preparedness for Reproductive Health and Gender. A Resource for Communities in Disaster-Prone Areas. 2021. View Publication
  3. Tanabe, Mihoko, Sandra Krause, et al. "Part 3: Strengthening Community-based Care, Section 2: Community Health Workers Training". Communities Care: Transforming Lives and Preventing Violence Programme. UNICEF. UNICEF. New York. 2021. View Publication
  4. Nehal US, Kanahara S, Tanabe M, Hayner G, Nelson BD. Pediatric Refugee Health Care Delivery in the Community Setting: An Educational Workshop for Multidisciplinary Family-Centered Care During Resettlement. MedEdPORTAL. 2020 Nov 03; 16:10988. PMID: 33204831; PMCID: PMC7666829; DOI: 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10988;
  5. Tanabe M, Greer A, Leigh J, Modi P, Davis WW, Mhote PP, Htoo EM, Otterness CM, Parmar P. An exploration of gender-based violence in eastern Myanmar in the context of political transition: findings from a qualitative sexual and reproductive health assessment. Sex Reprod Health Matters. 2019 May; 27(2):1665161. PMID: 31589098; PMCID: PMC7887906; DOI: 10.1080/26410397.2019.1665161;
  6. Khosla, Rajat, Sandra Krause, and Mihoko Tanabe. “Chapter 8: Addressing the rights of women in conflict and humanitarian settings”. The Health of Refugees: Public Health Perspectives from crisis to settlement, 2nd edition. Eds Pascale Allotey and Daniel Reidpath. Oxford University Press. 2019.
  7. Inter-agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises. Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings: An Inter-agency Field Manual. Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health. IAWG on RH in Crises. Geneva. 2018. View Publication
  8. Krause SK, Chynoweth SK, Tanabe M. Sea-change in reproductive health in emergencies: how systemic improvements to address the MISP were achieved. Reprod Health Matters. 2017 Nov; 25(51):7-17. PMID: 29233076; DOI: 10.1080/09688080.2017.1401894;
  9. Tanabe, Mihoko, Emma Pearce, and Sandra Krause. “Nothing about us, without us”: Conducting participatory action research among and with persons with disabilities in humanitarian settings". Action Research. 2017. View Publication
  10. Tanabe, Mihoko, Anna Meyers, Prem Bhandari, Nadine Cornier, Sathyanarayanan Doraiswamy, and Sandra Krause. “Family Planning in Refugee Settings: Findings and Actions from a Multi-Country Study”. Conflict and Health. 2017. View Publication
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2023 BMC Family Medicine: The 2023 Brian Jack Award for Family Medicine Scholarship
2020 PCOM Commencement: The Simmy Ginsburg Humanitarian Award
2019 Japanese Medical Support Network: Kotaro Barnes Award
2018-2019 Alice Sheflin Zal, DO '89 & H Michael Zal, DO '66 Endowed Scholarship
2017 PCOM Leadership Awards Ceremony: Collaboration Award for PCOM Global Health Initiative
2017 PCOM Seventh Annual Research Day: The David Miller, DO '60 Memorial Endowed Research Day Award Excellence in Research - Best in Show
2017-2019 Nishioka Charitable Foundation and Japanese Medical Society of America Medical Student Scholarship
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