Aparna Sridhar

Aparna Sridhar - 2019 Nominee
Position: MD MPH FACOG
Organization: UCLA
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Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Grant to understand childbearing intentions and family planning values among adolescents in Karnataka, India
    Awarding Organization:
    Gates Foundation
    Date Awarded:
    January 11, 2016
  • Award:
    American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists- Junior Fellow Research Award
    Awarding Organization:
    American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology - District IX
    Date Awarded:
    September 1, 2012
Dr. Sridhar's research focuses on utilizing technology in meeting the reproductive needs of women. Her projects are innovative as well as unique. Her creative research clearly represents the new generation of family planning leaders. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have always been enthusiastic about research in family planning. My passion is to integrate technology and other novel educational platforms into the field of family planning. My first research project was about developing a mobile application for contraception counseling. Following that, I developed a birth control educational comics for young adults and adolescents. My global project revolved around collecting data on family planning values from adolescents in India via video game development. With the video game play we understood the family planning values and intentions and educated adolescents about basics of reproduction and sexual health. This has been a great experience and I will continue to work in this field and integrate technology to educate the future generation.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Growing up in India, family planning education was almost non existent during my childhood and school days. My medical training strengthened my interest as I saw the difficulties and consequences women faced from unplanned pregnancies.I was naturally attracted to the concept of reproductive choice and justice. To further gain family planning knowledge in depth and to acquire research skills I pursued fellowship and masters in public health with a focus on family planning.

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

I have conducted many research projects in the field of family planning. Now I teach research to my medical students and lead them into the world of family planning research. I want to help improve the next generation of physicians, students and healthcare force to be equipped with skills of performing evidence based research in family planning.

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? :

I will use this platform to enhance my ability to collaborate with other 120 under 40 leaders across the globe to expand my current work and research. There is much to be done across the globe to improve access to family planning as well as to teach adolescents about the importance of family planning. If I am named a winner I will launch new work to help adolescents across the globe to learn about family planning values with innovative technology.

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