Alice Han is an Associate Physician at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the Division of Global Health Equity and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto. She has been working since September 2014 as the Women’s Health District Clinical Advisor for Partners in Health (PIH) / Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB) – Rwanda. Her clinical work focuses on clinical and surgical mentorship of Rwandan physicians and development of training curricula. Her programmatic work includes design and implementation of an initiative to increase contraception use in her catchment area and to strengthen community maternity care training. She is helping to initiate and lead a new maternal mortality reduction collaborative task force and as well as a new multi-sectorial initiative to tackle gender-based violence. In addition, she is collaborating with experts from Harvard Medical School to help design a pilot cervical cancer screening program.
She is currently a chapter author and editor of an International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) textbook on Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy, which will include perspectives from resource-constrained settings.
Her research and advocacy interests include gender-based violence (GBV) and maternal mortality. She has published and presented internationally on GBV in Latin America and the Caribbean, including presenting at a World Congress on Women’s Mental Health in Peru upon invitation by Harvard School of Public Health. Previous experiences include health equity work in Brazil with a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre; research in Kenya on sociocultural determinants of obstetrical fistula; and research and clinical electives in Israel, Ecuador, and Vietnam. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Society for International Health; as Medical Director of the University of Toronto International Health Program; and as co-host of a weekly radio show to highlight current issues in healthcare. Moving forwards, she is committed to developing leadership in global women’s health as an academic physician.