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Amina Alio, PhD
University of Rochester
Dept. of Public Health Sciences, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Monday, April 4, 2022


  1. Review the historical basis for the systemic treatment and persisting social myths about Black birthing persons
  2. Explore birthing experiences of Black women using a socio-ecological lens
  3. Identify potential ways to ensure respectful and safe maternity care for Black women in the U.S.

Dr. Amina Alio is an Associate Professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) Department of Public Health Sciences in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She is an applied anthropologist with extensive experience in community-based participatory research, program evaluation, and qualitative and mixed-methods research methodologies. She is a Fulbright Scholar with international experience in reproductive and sexual health outcomes. Dr. Alio’s research focuses primarily on disparities in Maternal and Infant Health, examining socio-behavioral factors affecting pregnancy outcomes in the U.S. and in sub-Saharan Africa.

She has over 100 peer-reviewed publications in the field and her work has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally. In addition to 2 Fulbright awards, she was the recipient of the 2010 Young Professional MCH Epidemiology award, the 2015 David Satcher Community Health Improvement Award, and was selected as a 2021-2022 Institute of International Education Fellow with a funded project exploring strategies for ensuring respectful and safe maternity care for women in Niger.