Dr. Patience Afulani is an Assistant professor in the UCSF departments of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences, and an affiliate of the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences and Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. Her primary research focuses on the social and health system factors underlying inequities in reproductive, maternal, neonatal, and child health outcomes. She has completed and ongoing projects in Ghana, Kenya, and the United States examining sources of disparities in the use and quality of maternal health services and in birth outcomes; designing tools to measure person-centered maternity care; and designing and evaluating interventions to improve maternal and neonatal health. She is currently the PI of several projects, including an NICHD K99/R00 award on addressing provider stress and implicit bias to improve person-centered maternity care. She obtained her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) from the University of Ghana Medical School and MPH and PhD in Public Health from University of California, Los Angeles.