Angel M. Foster

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Angel M. Foster
Associate Professor

2001, D.Phil., Middle Eastern studies, Oxford University
2006, M.D., Harvard Medical School
1996, A.M., International policy studies, Stanford University
1996, A.M., International policy studies, Stanford University

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Courriel professionnel: angel.foster@uOttawa.ca

Angel Foster

Biography

  • Endowed Chair of Women's Health Research
    Institute of Population Health
    University of Ottawa

Dr. Angel Foster holds the Endowed Chair in Women's Health Research at the University of Ottawa and is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences. A 1996 Rhodes Scholar from Oregon, she received her Doctor of Philosophy degree (DPhil) in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Oxford. Grounded in the fields of medical anthropology and public health, her doctoral and post-doctoral research focused on women's comprehensive health care in Tunisia and involved more than two years of fieldwork. Dr. Foster also holds a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from Harvard Medical School and both a Master's degree (AM) in international policy studies and a Bachelor's degree (BAS) in international relations and biology from Stanford University.

Dr. Foster has conducted multi-methods research on women's health in Canada, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Myanmar, Palestine, the Thailand, Tunisia, and the United States. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa she was a Senior Associate at Ibis Reproductive Health where she led a program of work dedicated to reproductive health issues in the Middle East and North Africa and conflict-affected settings. During her nearly nine years at Ibis her work included social science and health policy research on reproductive health, particularly emergency contraception and abortion, young women's sexual behaviors and practices, and health professions education as well as the development of Arabic-language health education materials for both patients and health service providers. She continues to lead projects at Ibis as an Affiliated Scholar. She is also a Principal and Co-Founder of Cambridge Reproductive Health Consultants, a non-profit research organization dedicated to reproductive health, rights, and justice. Dr. Foster speaks French and Arabic and has authored more than fifty publications on reproductive health. Her 2012 co-edited book, Emergency contraception: The story of a global reproductive health technology, was published by Palgrave MacMillan. Her second co-edited book, Abortion pills, test tube babies, and sex toys: Emerging sexual and reproductive health technologies in the Middle East and North Africa is in press.

Dr. Foster is the Immediate Past Chair of the Population, Reproductive, and Sexual Health (PRSH) Section of the American Public Health Association and is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Abortion Federation. In 2004 Dr. Foster was named one of Choice USA's 30 Under-30 Activists for Reproductive Freedom and in 2009 she received the PRSH Section's Outstanding Young Professional Award. In 2015 she was honored with a Femmy Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to women's rights and equality in Canada's National Capital Region.


Research Interests

  • Expanding access to emergency contraception
  • Increasing access to safe, high quality, and affordable abortion services
  • Improving the reproductive health training of health service professionals
  • Identifying and addressing the reproductive health needs of vulnerable populations

Selected Publications

Books

  • Wynn L, Foster A. (Eds.) Abortion pills, test tube babies and sex toys: Emerging sexual and reproductive technologies in the Middle East and North Africa. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press, 2016.
  • Foster A, Wynn L. (Eds.) Emergency contraception: The story of a global reproductive health technology. New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012.

Peer reviewed journal articles: Emergency contraception

  • Tavares M, Foster A. Emergency contraception in a public health emergency: Exploring pharmacy availability in Brazil. Contraception, 2016 (EPub ahead of print).
  • Gure F, Koshin Dahir M, Yusuf M, Foster A. Emergency contraception in post-conflict Somalia: A multi-methods assessment of awareness and perceptions of need. Studies in Family Planning 47(1):69-81, 2016.
  • Hobstetter M, Walsh M, Leigh J, Lee C, Sietstra C, Foster A. "In rape cases we can use this pill": A multimethods assessment of emergency contraception knowledge, access, and needs on the Thailand-Burma border. International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 130:E37-E41, 2015.
  • Harrison T, Foster A, Martin S, de la Torre C, McClorin L, Blanchard K, Dennis A. Assessing sexual assault survivors' access to emergency contraception: Results from a mixed methods study in South Carolina. Women's Health Issues:20;248-253, 2010.
  • Wynn L, Foster A, Trussell J. Would you say you had unprotected sex if...? Sexual health language in emails to a reproductive health website. Culture, Health & Sexuality 12(5);499-514, 2010.
  • Wynn L, Foster A, Trussell J. Can I get pregnant from oral sex? Sexual health misconceptions in emails to a contraception website. Contraception 79;91-97, 2009.
  • Wynn L, Erdman J, Foster A, Trussell J. Harm reduction or women's rights? Debates over access to emergency contraceptive pills in Canada and the US. Studies in Family Planning 38(4);253-267, 2007.
  • Wynn L, Foster A, Trussell J. Misconceptions and ignorance about sexual and reproductive health. The Female Patient 34(11), 2009.
  • Foster A, Wynn L, Rouhana A, Polis C, Trussell J. Disseminating on-line reproductive health information in Arabic: Results from a survey of users of an emergency contraception website. CyberOrient: Online Journal of the Virtual Middle East1(2), 2006.
  • Foster A, Wynn L, Rouhana A, Polis C, Trussell J. Reproductive health, the Arab world, and the internet: Usage patterns of an Arabic-language emergency contraception website. Contraception 72;130-137, 2005.
  • Wynn L, Foster A, Rouhana A, Trussell J. The politics of emergency contraception in the Arab world: Reflections on Western assumptions and the potential influence of religious and social factors. Harvard Health Policy Review 6(1);38-47, 2005.

Peer reviewed journal articles: Abortion

  • Vogel K, LaRoche K, El-Haddad J, Chaumont A, Foster A. Exploring Canadian women's knowledge of and interest in mifepristone: Results from a national qualitative study with abortion patients. Contraception, 2016 (EPub ahead of print).
  • LaRoche K, Foster A. "Exploring the online presence of organizations offering post-abortion support services in Ontario. Frontiers in Women's Health 1(1):15-19, 2016.
  • Sheehy G, Yadanar A, Foster A. "We can lose our life for the abortion": Exploring the dynamics shaping abortion care in peri-urban Yangon, Myanmar. Contraception 92:475-481, 2015.
  • LaRoche K, Foster A. Toll free but not judgment free: Evaluating post-abortion support services in Ontario. Contraception 92:469-474, 2015.
  • Foster A, Jackson C, LaRoche K, Simmonds K, Taylor D. From qualified physician to licensed health care professional: The time has come to change mifepristone's label. Contraception 92:200-202, 2015.
  • Foster A, Arnott G, Parniak S, LaRoche K, Trussell J. No exceptions: Documenting the abortion experiences of US Peace Corps Volunteers. American Journal of Public Health (1):41-48, 2015.
  • Foster A, Wynn L, Trussell J. Evidence of global demand for medication abortion information: An analysis of www.medicationabortion.com. Contraception 89: 174-180, 2014.
  • Foster A, Wynn L, Rouhana A, Diaz Olavarrieta C, Schaffer K, Trussell J. Providing medication abortion information to diverse communities: Use patterns of a multi-lingual website. Contraception 73;264-271, 2006.
  • Weitz T, Foster A, Ellertson C, Grossman D, Stewart F. "Medical" and "surgical" abortion: Rethinking the modifiers. Contraception 69;77-78, 2004.
  • Foster A, van Dis J, Steinauer J. Educational and legislative initiatives affecting residency training in abortion. JAMA 290;1777-1778, 2003.

Peer reviewed journal articles: Health professions

  • Jackson C, Foster A. Ob/Gyn training in abortion care: Results from a national survey. Contraception 86:407-412, 2012.
  • Foster A, Polis C, Allee M, Simmonds K, Zurek M, Brown A. Abortion education in nurse practitioner, physician assistant, and certified nurse-midwifery programs: A national survey. Contraception 73;408-414, 2006.
  • Simmonds K, Foster A, Zurek M. From the outside in: A unique model for stimulating curricula reform in nursing education. Journal of Nursing Education 48(10);583-587, 2009.
  • Steinauer J, LaRochelle F, Rowh M, Backus L, Sandahl Y, Foster A. First Impressions: What are pre-clinical medical students in the US and Canada learning about sexual and reproductive health? Contraception 80;74-80, 2009.
  • Foster A, Jackson C, Martin S. Reproductive health and cyber (mis)representations: A content analysis of obstetrics and gynecology residency program websites. Contraception 78;99-105, 2008.

Peer reviewed journal articles: Vulnerable populations

  • Gedeon J, Hkum J, Walsh M, Hsue S, Foster A. Snakes, ladders, and information about sexually transmitted infections: Evaluation of a peer educator training on the Thailand-Burma border. Global Journal of Health Science 8(11): 270-277, 2016.
  • Sheehy G, Yadanar A, Sietstra C, Foster A. Dynamics shaping the accessibility of reproductive health care in peri-urban Yangon, Myanmar. Global Journal of Health Science 8(11):194-205, 2016.
  • Sheehy G, Yadanar A, Foster A. "She learned it from her mother and grandmother": Women's experiences with delivery and post-partum practices in peri-urban Yangon, Myanmar. Maternal Child Health Journal 20:854-861, 2016.
  • Gure F, Yusuf M, Foster A. Exploring Somali women's reproductive health knowledge and experiences: Results from focus group discussions in Mogadishu. Reproductive Health Matters 23(46):136-144, 2015.
  • Gedeon J, Hsue S, Walsh M, Sietstra C, MarSan H, Foster A. Assessing the experiences of intra-uterine device users in a long-term conflict setting: A qualitative study on the Thailand-Burma border. Conflict and Health 9(6):1-7, 2015.
  • Bessett D, Prager J, Harvard J, Murphy D, Agénor M, Foster A. Barriers to contraceptive access after health care reform: Experiences of young adults in Massachusetts. Women's Health Issues 25(2):91-96, 2015.
  • Janiak E, Rhodes E, Foster A. Translating access into utilization: Lessons from the design and evaluation of a health insurance website to promote reproductive health care for young women in Massachusetts. Contraception 88:684-90, 2013.
  • Foster A, Dennis A, Smith F. Do religious restrictions influence ectopic pregnancy management? Results from a national qualitative study. Women's Health Issues 21(2);104-9, 2011.

Major technical reports

  • Foster A. Comparative ethnographic studies of enumeration methods and coverage: Arab, Middle Eastern & Americans of Arab or Middle Eastern descent group (US Census Bureau, Forthcoming), 55pp.
  • Arnott G, La R, Walsh M, Sietstra C, Foster A. Establishing a safe abortion referral system for women from Burma residing in Thailand: Situation analysis research in Chiang Mai (CRHC, 2015), 20pp.
  • Sheehy G, Yadanar D, Sietstra C, Foster A. Near the city but hard to reach: Results from a reproductive health needs assessment in peri-urban Yangon (CRHC, 2015), 30pp.
  • Foster A, Arnott G, Parniak S, LaRoche K , Trussell J. No exceptions: Documenting the abortion experiences of US Peace Corps Volunteers (CRHC, 2014), 23pp.
  • Hobstetter M, Walsh M, Leigh J, Lee C, Sietstra C, Foster A. Separated by borders, united in need: An assessment of reproductive health on the Thailand-Burma border ( Ibis Reproductive Health, 2012), 50pp.
  • Walsh M, Kellock W, Hai T, Lagone E, Sietstra C, Lessard D, Foster A. Protecting our future: Adolescent reproductive health and rights on the Thailand-Burma border (Adolescent Reproductive Health Network, Thailand, 2012), 25pp.
  • Bessett D, Prager J, Havard J, Murphy D, Agénor M, Foster A. Young adults, health insurance & access to contraception in the wake of health care reform: Results from focus group discussions in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Ibis Reproductive Health, 2010), 47pp.
  • Agénor M, Havard J, Bessett D, Foster A. Young adults & the coverage of contraceptive services in the wake of health care reform: Results from an assessment of young adult-targeted health plans in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Ibis Reproductive Health, 2009), 44pp.
  • Foster A, Dennis A, Smith F. Assessing hospital policies & practices regarding ectopic pregnancy & miscarriage management: Results of a national qualitative study (Ibis Reproductive Health, 2009), 29pp.
  • Foster A, Jackson C. Factors influencing the decision to participate in abortion training and intention to provide: A national study of obstetrics and gynecology residents (Ibis Reproductive Health, 2008), 25pp.
  • Foster A. Exploring Tunisian achievements in health: Philosophies, priorities & decision-making (World Bank Technical Report, 2008), 60pp.
  • Foster A, Daoud F, Maqboul E, Otis K, Ladhani N. Assessing the reproductive health content of nursing programs in Palestine: Preliminary study results from the West Bank (Ibis Reproductive Health, 2008), 40 pp.
  • Foster A. Medication abortion: A guide for health professionals (Ibis Reproductive Health, 2005), 43 pp.
  • Foster A. Rouhana A, Zubaidi H. Medication abortion: A guide for health professionals (in Arabic) (Ibis Reproductive Health, 2005) 45pp.

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