Racial/ethnic differences in the use of permanent contraception and LARC among low-income Californian women
Awarded December 2019
Alexandra Calderon, BA
University of California, Davis
$7,500

Alexandra Calderon is a second year medical student at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. As a Spanish-speaking, first-generation Latina immigrant, Alexandra looks forward to becoming a clinician able to provide comprehensive health care, including reproductive health services, to underserved families. Alexandra completed her BA in English Literature at the California State University, East Bay in 2011 and then pursued graduate work there in English and Molecular Biology. Her career goals have been shaped by her experiences working for Planned Parenthood as a medical assistant and for the County of Contra Costa’s Healthy Start Program for low-income pregnant women as a comprehensive perinatal health worker. As a medical student, she currently holds an officer position in her school’s Medical Students For Choice organization. As an Emerging Scholar, Alexandra proposes to work with her mentor’s research team on a secondary analysis of data obtained for a larger research project funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. In developing her research question, Alexandra worked closely with an enthusiastic undergraduate student, Rebecca Canfield, who will continue to contribute to the proposed effort to examine racial/ethnic differences in use of permanent and reversible long-acting contraception among women receiving state-funded family planning service in California. Although California currently prides itself on providing high quality publicly-funded family planning services to low-income state residents, this question remains important because the shadow of California’s history of eugenic programs continues to influence perceptions of state-funded family planning, particularly among low-income women of color and their families.