About

Cambridge Reproductive Health Consultants (CRHC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving reproductive health and fostering reproductive justice worldwide. By leveraging the skills of professionals from a variety of fields and disciplines, CRHC focuses on increasing access to safe, legal, high quality, and affordable abortion care, reducing harm from unsafe abortion, increasing access to emergency contraception and long-acting reversible contraceptive methods, and advancing new reproductive health technologies in low resource environments and protracted refugee and conflict settings. CRHC accomplishes its mission by conducting action- and intervention-oriented research, creating and incubating new and innovative programs, and developing and delivering evidence-based reproductive health information, resources, and trainings.

 

CRHC received its 501(c)3 status in 2014.

Principals

Dr. Angel M. Foster is a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa where she held the 2011-2016 Endowed Chair in Women’s Health Research. A 1996 Rhodes Scholar from Oregon, she received her DPhil in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Oxford. She received her MD from Harvard Medical School and her AM in International Policy Studies from Stanford University. Her research focuses on emergency contraception, abortion, and health professions education and she currently leads projects in fifteen different countries. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the Population, Reproductive, and Sexual Health Section of the American Public Health Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Abortion Federation. She is a co-founder of CRHC.

Cari Sietstra is a specialist in reproductive health and justice issues and non-profit organization management. She earned her JD from Stanford University and her BA from Harvard University. Her current projects focus on decreasing maternal mortality and harm from unsafe abortion among vulnerable Burmese populations living on both sides of the Thailand-Burma border. She was the founder and first Executive Director of Law Students for Choice (now If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice). She is a co-founder of CRHC.

Consultants

Nancy Chaung is a designer, product developer, and documentary photographer. After switching careers from graphic/web design to fashion design, she spent nearly five years on the Thailand-Burma border combining these skills, working for economic and personal empowerment of migrant Burmese women and youth through art/design-focused social enterprise. While living in Mae Sot, she also designed reports and brochures for various local NGOs. Her photography work can be seen here. She is currently based in New York.

Meredith Walsh is currently practicing as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Worcester, MA. She received her MPH with a focus on International Health and Development from Tulane University and her NP from the University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing. She has served as a technical advisor for reproductive health at the Mae Tao Clinic, Burma Medical Association, and Adolescent Reproductive Health Network. Her current work involves conducting translational research and applying evidence-based outcomes to improve the quality of health care for displaced people from Burma. She is co-founder of a non-profit that assists refugees from Burma newly resettled in Worcester, MA.

Dr. L.L. Wynn is an Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She received her PhD in anthropology from Princeton University, where she also held two postdoctoral research positions. Her current research is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant and focuses on new and emerging reproductive health technologies in Egypt, including emergency contraception and hymenoplasty.

Current Fellows

Kassandre Messier is a 2019-2020 CRHC Research Fellow based in Ottawa, Canada. She completed her Honour’s Bachelor’s in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Ottawa and is now a second year master’s student in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. She is currently working on a number of international projects focusing on abortion care in humanitarian settings. She is interested in establishing new programs and initiatives to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights in the Global South. 

Ieman Mona El-Mowafi is a 2016-2019 CRHC Research Fellow based in Amman, Jordan. She completed her Honour’s Bachelor’s in Health Sciences degree at the University of Ottawa, Canada in 2016.  She has worked on multiple projects focused on women’s reproductive health, including a study documenting women’s experiences obtaining abortion care in Prince Edward Island. Her passion for reproductive health has led her to pursue a project in working to improve Syrian women’s access to emergency contraception in both the Za’atari refugee camp and urban communities in Jordan. She is currently completing her MSc in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa.

Samantha Lint is a 2018-2019 CRHC Legal Fellow based in Cambridge, MA. She is a second year student at Harvard Law School, with experience in international development, international criminal law, and reproductive health and rights. Samantha is contributing to a CRHC project through legal research on the criminalization of abortion and federal and state regulations of health care providers and pharmaceutical products. She is interested in the intersection of law, human rights, and reproductive health in conflict, low-resource, or politically hostile settings. 

Astrid Reyes is a 2019 CRHC Legal Fellow based in the US. She is a third year student at NYU School of Law, with a focus on the intersection of reproductive justice and international human rights law. She has worked on reproductive and women’s rights issues in the context of Latin American and the US, challenging abortion restrictions, the criminalization of pregnancy-related behaviors, obstetric violence, and forced sterilization of ethnic and racial minorities.

Anna Rodriguez is a 2019 CRHC Legal Fellow based in the US. She is currently a second year legal student at Berkeley Law and a Florida native. Before starting law school, she worked on the 2016 Democratic campaign as a grassroots organizer in Iowa and as a Communications Fellow at Conway Strategic in Washington, DC. In her professional work she has done research to advance reproductive justice for marginalized people, especially in rural and Latinx communities. She hopes to eventually practice law as an impact litigator in reproductive rights.

Past Fellows

Kate MacFarlane was a 2016-2017 CRHC Research Fellow conducting a reproductive health needs assessment with the Rohingya refugee population residing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  While pursuing her Master's in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, Kate carried out research projects relating to abortion and reproductive health in Canada and Turkey.  She is interested in enhancing reproductive health service delivery among conflict-affected populations and continuing advocacy work in regions where abortion and contraception are difficult to access.  

Ellen Tousaw was a 2016-2017 CRHC Research Fellow based on the Thailand-Burma border. After completing her Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences in French Immersion at the University of Ottawa in 2014, Ellen was part of the inaugural team of the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre which provides pregnancy, birth, and postpartum options for women in the Ottawa area. Her passion for women's health and her experience with under-serviced populations led her to pursue a project documenting women's experiences accessing essential reproductive health care on the Thailand-Burma border.

Grace Sheehy was based in Yangon, Myanmar as a 2015-2016 CRHC Research Fellow funded by an OceanPath fellowship through the Coady Institute. In Yangon, she developed an initiative that aims to expand opportunities for young and unmarried women to learn about sexual and reproductive health. This initiative built on her recently completed MSc thesis at the University of Ottawa, where she led a reproductive health needs assessment in peri-urban Yangon. Over the past three years, Grace has also contributed to qualitative research projects on women’s health in Ontario, interned at a global health research institute in Bangladesh, and worked at Canada’s International Development Research Centre. She is interested in exploring ways that research, policy and practice can be merged to expand access to comprehensive reproductive health care.

Dr. Yadanar was a 2015-2016 CRHC Research Fellow based in Yangon, Myanmar and Melbourne, Australia. A passionate advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for young women, Dr. Yadanar holds a medical degree from the University of Medicine in Yangon. She contributed to CRHC’s reproductive health needs assessment in peri-urban Yangon in 2014 and is currently working to develop Burmese-language educational resources for young women. She previously worked as the Young Women’s Coordinator at the YWCA, where she helped develop safe spaces to equip adolescent girls with SRHR skills and knowledge. Dr. Yadanar’s dream is to be part of the health sector reform process and contribute to policy-making in Myanmar in order to help make SRHR services and knowledge accessible to all.

Grady Arnott was a 2014-2015 Research Fellow with Cambridge Reproductive Health Consultants based on the Thailand-Burma border, where she worked to expand access to essential reproductive health care for Burmese migrants and refugees. A graduate from the University of Ottawa’s MSc in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Grady has several years of experience conducting policy-oriented research. Her thesis explored the implications of health policy on access to reproductive health commodities in refugee, conflict and crisis settings. As a graduate student, Grady also coordinated a large-scale study exploring the reproductive health experiences of US Peace Corps volunteers. She is interested in the intersections between policy, law, and reproductive justice, and continues to pursue action-oriented research on health policy and reproductive health. 

Jillian Gedeon was a 2014-2015 CRHC Research Fellow based in Mae Sot, specializing in reproductive health research and education. She completed a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from the University of Ottawa, Canada in 2014, where she researched women’s experiences with long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) on the Thailand-Burma border. She has been contributing to qualitative studies on women’s reproductive health for over three years, on topics ranging from abortion in Canada to medical education in Jordan. Her passion for reproductive health, coupled with her ability to connect with youth, has led her to mentor, train, and educate youth locally, nationally, and internationally.

Staff

Dr. Eduard Niesten has over 15 years of experience providing economics and finance support to non-profit organizations in more than 30 countries around the world. He holds a PhD in applied economics from Stanford University. He serves as the Director of Finance of CRHC.

Kathryn LaRoche is a PhD student in Population Health at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She is interested in action-oriented, qualitative research related to sexual health. More specifically, her work has focused on exploring issues of abortion access and post-abortion support for women in Canada and abroad. At CRHC, she serves as the Operations Manager and is responsible for the maintenance and updating of this website.

Board of Directors

Angel M. Foster, DPhil, MD, AM (President)

Cari Sietstra, JD (Vice President)

Jill E. Adams, JD (Secretary)

James Trussell, PhD, BPhil

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