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2017 TEDxBeaconStreet Interview with Alice Han. Health systems worldwide often do not recognize Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) as a health problem, nor commit to their critically needed role to address it, support survivors and minimize its health impact. We need rapid transformation. Let’s reframe the problem. Let’s consider it and address it as a disease pandemic.

About the Speaker

Alice Han

Alice Han

Alice Han is a Canadian physician with global health research interests in humanitarian settings and gender-based violence (GBV). She has published and presented internationally on GBV in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her current work includes examining disaster preparedness in the Philippines with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and contraceptive practices of Syrian child brides in Lebanon.

Her experiences include serving one year in Rwanda with Partners in Health as Women’s Health District Clinical Advisor and Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital; health equity work in Brazil with a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre; research in Kenya on sociocultural determinants of obstetrical fistula; and serving as chapter author and editor of an International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) textbook on Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy, including perspectives from resource-constrained settings. Her other sites of experience include Ecuador, Israel, Vietnam, and a refugee camp in Greece. 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.

She is a Canadian board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, holds a Master of Science in clinical epidemiology with a thesis in access to care by marginalized populations, and is a MPH Candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.