The OHSU Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is committed to advancing woman’s health through clinical care, education and research not only locally but also globally beyond our borders. We aspire for sustainable global health partnerships built on mutually beneficial and enduring educational exchange focused on strengthening health systems in underserved communities.
Our mission is to partner with both local and global women’s health institutions and academic centers to deliver sustainable and effective care. By so doing, we also aim to create ethically sound learning opportunities for OHSU healthcare teams.
Our vision is two fold:
- Women worldwide have easy access to comprehensive and effective healthcare
- We produce healthcare providers who embody globally minded world view with deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of determinants of health both in our communities and abroad.
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Alison Edelman is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), the Director of the Family Planning Fellowship, the Director of the Section of Family Planning, and a Collaborative Associate Scientist at the Oregon National Primate Research Center. She completed a Masters in Public Health at the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Edelman is an active clinician scientist with independent research funding.
Additionally for over the last 20 years as part of her position at OHSU, Dr. Edelman has worked internationally as a technical consultant in reproductive health to develop and implement curriculum, develop and support research, provide technical support and train medical personnel, design standard operating procedures and perform quality assurance audits, and to create and support service delivery programs in Africa (South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Benin), Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal, India, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Indonesia), and Europe (Russia) for the improvement in maternal morbidity and mortality.
The nonprofit agencies she works with have permitted Dr. Edelman to mentor family planning fellows during many of the activities at the country level. Dr. Edelman has a number of additional leadership positions including Lead Editor of the Cochrane Fertility Regulation Review Group, Associate Editor of the journal, Contraception, member of the expert working group for the Centers for Disease Control Medical Eligibility Criteria (MEC) for Contraceptive Use as well as the Selective Practice Guidelines for Contraceptive Use and she is the only U.S. based member of the World Health Organization’s steering committee for the MEC.
Following her fellowship in family planning (UCSF ’10) Dr Rodriguez began working with the World Health Organization’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research. Her global efforts focus on research and policy initiatives to improve access to contraceptives and safe abortion services. Her research includes topics such as: evaluating the impact of legalization of abortion in Colombia, preventing rapid, repeat adolescent pregnancy, novel technologies for postpartum hemorrhage management, minimizing obstetric consequences of female genital mutilation and others. She led the development of the WHO guidelines “Ensuring human rights in the provision of contraceptive information and services,” and participated in updates to other WHO contraceptive guidelines. Maria is currently working with the WHO on updating safe abortion guidelines. She is the PI on a study developing a novel device to treat postpartum hemorrhage in Zambia.