Alice Cartwright

Alice Cartwright - 2019 Nominee
Position: Research Fellow
Organization: FHI 360
Current Location: United States North America
MPH from University of California, Berkeley
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
PhD in Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - in progress
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    FHI 360-UNC Global Health Research Fellowship
    Awarding Organization:
    FHI 360
    Date Awarded:
    March 20, 2019
75 Public Votes Reached!
Alice's breadth of experience spanning domestic and international family planning research, programming, and advocacy gives her a unique and important perspective on the variation and commonality in contraceptive use experience across populations. – Rebecca Callahan, Associate Director, Contraceptive Technology Innovation at FHI 360
Cartwright has dedicated her career to improving reproductive health, rights, and justice through evidence-based research and innovation. She is now writing a systematic review on the use of mHealth interventions to support family planning use. – Ushma Upadhyay, PhD, MPH, University of California, San Francisco
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have led programs and conducted research on family planning and abortion in both international and U.S. contexts. I supported the Tanzania Ministry of Health in their efforts to scale up use of contraceptive implants by leading a nationwide mapping of family planning-trained health providers across 160+ districts to guide future investment in training by USAID and UNFPA. More recently, I quantified online information on U.S. abortion providers and recruited people searching for this information into a study of logistical and financial barriers to care. I made state-level abortion policy information accessible through the co-creation of a digital API resource. Currently, I am leading a systematic review on digital health and family planning utilization in the U.S.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion for family planning was first planted when accompanying my mother to reproductive rights marches as a child. Later as an undergraduate studying in Kathmandu, Nepal, I had long talks with my fellow female students about different family planning methods, who could get them, and why they might use them. These discussions broadened my understanding of the reasons people might NOT use family planning, including pressure and expectations from family and community.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

Guiding by a desire to build capacity and collaboration, I have worked with government officials, civil society organizations, and community members. In Tanzania, I brought together NGOs, donors, and Ministry of Health officials to develop a plan for the coordinated introduction of a new contraceptive implant product. Recently at UCSF, I built relationships with leaders of community organizations to initiate a speaker series on less commonly discussed topics in sexual and reproductive health.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

With this grant, I would collect data on the relationship between infertility concerns and family planning utilization and (dis)continuation as part of my dissertation research. My goal is to bring together and document experiences and compare and contrast across U.S. and African contexts. I would collect this information through online and mobile surveys and in-depth interviews with individual women and stakeholders in family planning and assisted reproductive technology.

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