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Global and Community Health

Whether in Roxbury, Mass., or Sub-Saharan Africa, much of women's health is shaped by social, economic, and political inequities. Our goal is to help faculty, staff, and trainees develop a global understanding of women's health and to foster culturally competent care practices that meet the needs of the communities we serve. We are committed to advancing reproductive health care in an equitable, ethical, and dynamic manner, both locally and globally.

woman getting ultrasoundOur Global and Community Health Program encourages faculty, staff and trainees to participate in service-based projects and research initiatives in collaboration with local and international partners. Residents may also choose to conduct their longitudinal clinics in medically underserved communities of Boston, such as The Dimock Center Bowdoin Street Community Community Health Center , Fenway Health and South Cove Community Health Center. We encourage residents to contribute their second and third year elective time towards global and community health initiatives.

Numerous global and community health educational opportunities exist with the department, the BIDMC Global Health curriculum, and the broader Harvard community at HMS and HSPH. The Program provides mentorship for faculty, staff, and trainees to meaningfully contribute to women's health as providers, researchers, and advocates. The Program works with numerous partners to support innovative approaches and models to global health delivery that engage community partners and build capacity.

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Global Health Initiatives 2011-2012


  • Clinical resident electives in Nepal with Nyaya Health International
  • Clinical resident elective in Botswana at Scottish Livingstone Hospital
  • Clinical support of urogynecologic surgical program at Panzi Hospital in Democratic Republic of Congo in collaboration with Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
  • BIDMC inter-departmental collaboration and consultation on global women's health initiatives in India, Zimbabwe, Gabon, Botswana, and China
  • Collaboration with the Human Resources for Health (HRH) Program in Rwanda to support graduate medical education and training for Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Obstetric anesthesia clinical and research collaboration in China
  • Obstetric ultrasound training and research collaboration on a Gates Foundation funded program in Ghana
  • Family planning research at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda evaluating postpartum IUD insertion
  • Gender-based violence, human rights violations, and gender equality research in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, and South Sudan in collaboration with academic, governmental, and non-governmental international partners
  • Academic medical education collaborations with HMS and the Department with partners in Ukraine, China, and Vietnam
  • Collaboration with World Health Organization working groups to inform maternal and child health policies and reproductive endocrine and infertility policies

Prior Global Health Initiatives


  • Clinical resident electives at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda; Nairobi Women's Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya; and other clinical sites in Central America, Eastern Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Clinical service provision and program development in post-earthquake Haiti
  • HPV vaccination research in Zambia
  • Gestational trophoblastic disease research with Philippine General Hospital
  • Family planning research to decrease maternal mortality in Afghanistan
  • Consultation with Population Services International (PSI) to increase utilization of intrauterine and implantable contraception methods in developing countries

Community Health Initiatives


  • Mentoring, clinical preceptorships, and research supervision for residents at South Cove Community Health Center serving immigrants from East Asia. Recent projects have included health literacy and hepatitis B infection in pregnancy.
  • Mentoring, clinical preceptorships, and research supervision for residents at The Dimock Center, which serves African-American and Latina populations in Roxbury. Recent projects have included: HPV vaccination, teen pregnancy, and IUD utilization.
  • HPV detection study and health education curriculum for an urban shelter population
  • Health education and outreach for women in correctional facilities
  • Collaboration with community-based organizations to improve access to women's health care for patients from minority populations

Contact Information

Global and Community Health Program
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Kirstein Building, 3rd Floor
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
617-667-2286
617-667-4173