We are currently seeking new Committee and Council members.
Executive Committee

The Executive Committee serves both the Society of Family Planning and the Society of Family Planning Research Fund. This committee provides strategic support to the Executive Director and has the responsibility of handling urgent issues and acting on behalf of the Board on Society issues between board meetings.

Chair: Tessa Madden, MD, MPH; Washington University in St. Louis

Members:

  • Angela Dempsey, MD, MPH; Medical University of South Carolina
  • Megan Kavanaugh, DrPH, MPH; Guttmacher Institute
  • Tina Raine-Bennett, MD, MPH; Medicines360
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee serves both the Society of Family Planning and the Society of Family Planning Research Fund. The DEI Committee’s primary focus is to develop and evaluate strategies for incorporating principles and practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion into the Society’s operations, programs, and communications. The DEI Committee is not currently seeking new members.

Chair: Nerys Benfield, MD, MPH; Montefiore Medical Center and Megan Kavanaugh, DrPH, MPH; Guttmacher Institute

Members:

  • Kavita Arora, MD, MBE, MS; MetroHealth Case Western Reserve University
  • Elise Belusa, MSc; Tara Health Foundation
  • Kristyn Brandi, MD, MPH; Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School
  • Amy Bryant, MD, MSCR; University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • Serina Floyd, MD, MPH; Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington DC
  • Biftu Mengesha, MD, MAS; University of California, San Francisco
  • Pooja Patel, MD, MPH, MMS; University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Goleen Samari, PhD, MPH, MA; Columbia University
  • Ivana Thompson, MD, MSCI; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Finance Committee

The Finance Committee serves both the Society of Family Planning and the Society of Family Planning Research Fund. This committee is responsible for assisting the Board in ensuring the organization’s financial viability and that it meets its fiduciary responsibilities. The Finance Committee works with the Executive Director to ensure maintenance of accurate and complete financial records, completion of audits in a timely fashion, and that the organization is operating with the needed financial resources to fulfill the strategic plan. The Finance Committee is seeking two members with a background in finance, managing budgets, and legal expertise. If you are interested in serving, please complete the committee candidate survey by October 15, 2021.

Chair: Tina Raine-Bennett, MD, MPH; Medicines360

Members:

  • Amy Bryant, MD, MSCR; University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • Gretchen Ely, PhD, MSW; University of Tennessee
  • Brandon Hill, PhD; Howard Brown Health
  • Lisa Maldonado, MA, MPH; Reproductive Health Access Project
Governance Committee

The Governance Committee serves both the Society of Family Planning and the Society of Family Planning Research Fund. The committee is responsible for optimizing Board effectiveness, participation, and performance. The committee’s work revolves around the following major areas: supporting the organization’s ability to carry out its work, assessing and recommending changes to board composition, optimizing effective board function, and supporting board development and growth. The Governance Committee is not currently seeking new members.

Chair: Angela Dempsey, MD, MPH; University of South Carolina, Charleston

Members:

  • Blair Darney, PhD, MPH; Oregon Health & Science University
  • Alisa Goldberg, MD, MPH; Harvard University
  • Tessa Madden, MD, MPH; Washington University in St. Louis
  • Kelli Stidham Hall, PhD, MS; Emory University
  • Crystal Tyler, PhD, MPH; Ci3 at the University of Chicago
Complex Family Planning Council

The Complex Family Planning Council provides strategic support to the Fellowship in Complex Family Planning and works with the Board on all issues related to fiscal and programmatic oversight of the Fellowship. The CFP Council is seeking three Fellowship directors, two mid-career graduated fellows (at least five years since graduation), and one current fellow. We are especially interested in individuals with medical education experience, a non-academic medicine perspective, and providers who serve areas with restricted abortion access. If you are interested in serving, please complete the committee candidate survey by October 15, 2021.

Chair: Alisa Goldberg, MD, MPH; Harvard University
Vice-Chair: Carrie Cwiak, MD, MPH; Emory University
Secretary: Aileen Gariepy, MD, MPH, MHS; Yale University

Members:

  • Anne Burke, MD, MPH; Johns Hopkins University
  • Aishat Olatunde, MD; University of Washington
  • Jamila Perritt, MD, MPH; Family Planning and Reproductive Health Consultant
  • Courtney Schreiber, MD, MPH; University of Pennsylvania
  • Kate Shaw, MD, MPH; Stanford University
Annual Meeting Committee

The Annual Meeting Committee serves the Society of Family Planning Research Fund. The committee is responsible for:

  • Reviewing the plan and timeline for the peer review of annual meeting session proposals and abstracts.
  • Serving as reviewers for annual meeting session submissions on the session working group.
  • Providing support to staff by giving feedback on high level areas including trending topics, the development of learning objectives, pricing, and types of networking opportunities for the annual meeting.
  • Serving as ambassadors in the lead up to the meeting by promoting submissions and registration and by modeling engagement at the meeting among attendees.
  • Serving as ambassadors during the meeting by welcoming attendees and volunteering to support the meeting.
  • Reviewing annual meeting evaluation data and making recommendations for the following year’s meeting.
  • Making recommendations regarding future programing, implementation, and planning.
  • Engaging in the ongoing review of alignment between the committee’s work and the organization’s strategic plan and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Annual Meeting Committee is seeking one member to bring their expertise and unique perspective to the development of the Annual Meeting. We are especially interested in individuals who can serve as abstract and session reviewers, bring their distinct voice to the review process, act as a bridge between Society staff and the family planning community, and model engagement at the meeting to encourage attendee participation. If you are interested in serving, please complete the committee candidate survey by October 15, 2021.

Staff chair: Rhea Beddoe, BA
Board liaison: Sadia Haider, MD, MPH; Rush University

Members:

  • Rebecca Allen, MD, MPH; Brown University
  • Kristyn Brandi, MD, MPH; Rutgers- New Jersey Medical School
  • Ashley Brant, DO, MPH; Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Melissa Chen, MD, MPH; University of California, Davis
  • Kelly Cleland, MPA, MPH; Princeton University
  • Laura Dodge, ScD, MPH; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Caitlin Gerdts, PhD, MHS; Ibis Reproductive Health
  • Melody Hou, MD, MPH; University of California, Davis
  • Rachel Jones, PhD; Guttmacher Institute
  • Uta Landy, PhD; University of California San Francisco, Bixby Center for Reproductive Health
  • Britt Lunde, MD, MPH; Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Antoinette Nguyen, MD, MPH; Emory University
  • Alicia Swartz, PhD, MSN, PNP; California State University, East Bay
Clinical Affairs Committee

The Clinical Affairs Committee serves the Society of Family Planning and the Society of Family Planning Research Fund. The committee is responsible for:

  • Recommending priority clinical topic areas to be addressed through programming, including clinical guidance, continuing education, data collection via the Network, or other clinical resource development.
  • Refining policies and processes for developing clinical publications (including clinical recommendations, interim clinical recommendations, systematic reviews, committee statements).
  • Reviewing and approving clinical recommendations.
  • Reviewing, endorsing, or approving co-production of clinical recommendations at the request of partner organizations.
  • Reviewing available evaluations of current clinical guidance impact and making recommendations.
  • Recommending research approaches for proposed clinical research for the Network.
  • Reviewing and recommending processes and infrastructure for the Network, including topics like authorship, data sharing, and technical assistance.
  • Engaging in the ongoing review of alignment between the committee’s work and the organization’s strategic plan and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Clinical Affairs Committee is seeking two to four members with backgrounds in family medicine and nursing, and with experience working in independent clinics. If you are interested in serving, please complete the committee candidate survey by October 15, 2021.

Staff chair: Mary Tschann, PhD, MPH
Board liaisons: Anitra Beasley, MD, MPH; Baylor College of Medicine, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and Sadia Haider, MD, MPH; Rush University

Members:

  • Jessica Maria Atrio, MD, MSc; Montefiore Einstein
  • Deborah Bartz, MD, MPH; Harvard Medical School
  • Tania Basu Serna, MD, MPH; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
  • Lisa Bayer, MD, MPH; Oregon Health & Science University
  • Elise Belusa, MSc; Tara Health Foundation
  • Leah Coplon, MPH, RN; Maine Family Planning
  • Joia Crear-Perry, MD, FACOG; National Birth Equity Collaborative
  • Colleen Denny, MD; New York University School of Medicine; Bellevue Hospital
  • Nora Doty, MD; Oregon Health & Science University
  • Monica Dragoman MD, MPH; Planned Parenthood of New York City
  • Peggy Goedken, MPH; Emory University
  • Vinita Goyal, MD, MPH; Alamo Women’s Reproductive Services, UT Austin Population Research Center
  • Erin Grant; Abortion Care Network
  • Curtiss Hannum, MSN, RN, APN; The Women’s Centers (CT, GA, NJ, PA)
  • Bliss Kaneshiro, MD, MPH; University of Hawaii
  • Julia Kohn, PhD; Independent consultant
  • Jessica K. Lee, MD, MPH; Planned Parenthood of New York City
  • Antoinette Nguyen, MD, MPH; Emory University
  • Siripanth Nippita, MD, MS; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Pooja Patel, MD, MPH, MMS; University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Sarah Prager, MD, MAS; University of Washington
  • Neena Qasba, MD, MPH; University of Massachusetts Medical School, Baystate
  • Matthew Reeves, MD, MPH; DuPont Clinic
  • Katharine Simmons, MD, MPH; Kaiser Permanente
  • Jennifer Tang, MD, MSCR; UNC Department of OB-GYN
  • Jessica Tarleton, MD, MPH; Medical University of South Carolina
  • Sarah Traxler, MD, MSHP; Planned Parenthood of North Central States
  • Kate White, MD, MPH; Boston University
  • Nikki Zite, MD, MPH; The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine
Education Committee

The Education Committee is responsible for:

  • Regular review and maintenance of the Fellowship learning management system and curriculum (once established).
  • Review SFP Continuing Education Program objectives and activities, advise for alignment with best practices in medical/clinical education and alignment with mission.
  • Review and recommend approaches for developing evidence-based family planning medical education resources for Fellows, residents, and students.
  • Engage in the ongoing review of alignment between the committee’s work and the organization’s strategic plan and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Education Committee is seeking five to seven members with expertise in medical education, particularly fellows’ education, or broader expertise in clinician education. If you are interested in serving, please complete the committee candidate survey by October 15, 2021.

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is responsible for:

  • Welcoming new members by participating in membership office hours, new member onboarding call, or membership webinars.
  • Recommending and participating in activities to enhance the value and meaning of membership, and thereby attract new members, encourage lapsed members to rejoin, and retain current members.
  • Strategizing and planning for programming to support the career and leadership development of members.
  • Reviewing and evaluating the value and impact of the Society’s membership programming including effectiveness, quality, and responsiveness to the needs of a multidisciplinary community of members.
  • Engaging in the ongoing review of alignment between the committee’s work and the organization’s strategic plan and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Membership Committee is seeking four members who are excited to build connectedness among members, discuss career and leadership opportunities for members, and maintain a demonstrable commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. If you are interested in serving, please complete the committee candidate survey by October 15, 2021.

Research Committee

The Research Committee serves the Society of Family Planning Research Fund. The committee is responsible for:

  • Serving as ambassadors for Research Fund programming, with attention to engaging investigators who are well-matched to submit requests for proposals and/or participate in research capacity-building programming, but may not otherwise consider engaging with the Research Fund.
  • Making recommendations for requests for proposals based on identified research gaps and the vision outlined in the strategic plan.
  • Making recommendations for research capacity-building programming based on identified capacity gaps and the vision outlined in the strategic plan.
  • Engaging in the ongoing review of alignment between the committee’s work and the organization’s strategic plan and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

The Research Committee is seeking two members with clinical research expertise or faculty experience at the graduate level. The Committee is particularly prioritizing the engagement of members of color in its efforts. If you are interested in serving, please complete the committee candidate survey by October 15, 2021.

Staff chair: Jenny O’Donnell, ScD
Board liaison: Kelli Hall, PhD; Emory University

Members:

  • Angel M. Foster, DPhil, MD, AM; University of Ottawa
  • Susan Newcomer, PhD
  • Amanda Stevenson, PhD; University of Colorado Boulder
  • Terri-Ann Thompson, PhD; Ibis Reproductive Health

The Society strives for just and equitable abortion and contraception informed by science. This work relies on a community of people united by our vision. Participation in this community, as a Board, Committee, or Working Group member does not signal Society endorsement of statements, opinions, or actions.

Staff

Staff of the Society are committed to pursuing our vision of just and equitable abortion and contraception informed by science.