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Aparna Sridhar

Aparna Sridhar
Position: Family Planning Specialist/ Assistant Professor Obstetrics and Gynecology
Organization: David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles
Current Location: United States, North America
MD, MPH from University of California Los Angeles
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Arnold P.Gold Award for Excellence in Teaching and Humanism
    Awarding Organization:
    Gold Foundation (http://www.gold-foundation.org)
    Date Awarded:
    April 1, 2010
  • Award:
    APGO Excellence in Teaching Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Association of Professors in Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Date Awarded:
    June 17, 2016
  • Award:
    Childbearing Intentions and Family Planning Game
    Awarding Organization:
    Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (https://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/grant/childbearing-intentions-and-family-planning-game) Co-Investigator
    Date Awarded:
    November 1, 2016
Dr. Sridhar’s research aims to educate future generations about family planning values. Her innovative projects include mobile apps and comics for contraception. Her current work in India engages adolescent boys and girls in a family planning game. – Elena Bertozzi, Associate Professor at Quinnipiac University
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I dedicated my research career to advancement of family planning globally. I strongly believe that use of technology can promote family planning awareness in men/ women of childbearing age, healthcare providers and citizens of the globe. I solidified my knowledge of family planning by completing a residency in obstetrics and gynecology followed by 2 years of specialization on family planning and public health. Since my graduation in 2013, I have engaged myself in doing research that is innovative and novel. My first project was development and testing of a mobile app for family planning. I am now developing comics for contraception and a game for adolescents to understand their family planning attitudes. I will be publishing the research data and creating sustainable tools in our field.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Born and brought up in India, I learnt values of family planning throughout my educational years (from elementary school to medical school). Significant challenges stand in the way of making contraceptives more widely available and accessible to men and women in this world. Having witnessed morbid and mortal consequences of unwanted pregnancies, I decided to focus my career on empowering reproductive choices and making them more popular in this world.

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

I have solidified my knowledge in contraception and family planning through my residency, fellowship and training in public health and I lead a unique role as a teacher/advocate and teach family planning values to younger generations both in the United States and in India. I do advocacy work through the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. I have successfully influenced large group of students to positively think about family planning via my research activities.

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? :

If I am named a winner, I will set up a research fund to encourage medical students in India to perform research in the area of contraception and family planning. I will develop a web-page for medical students to have resources to perform small scale projects in their medical schools. There are two medical schools in my home town in India (Mysore). A $1000 grant can promote many ideas which can change the future of family planning.

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