Family planning and sexual reproductive health attitudes among Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) women in the US
Awarded 2021
Emerging Scholars in Family Planning
Rachel Shin, MD, MPH
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Dr. Rachel Shin is a rising third-year resident at Cleveland Clinic’s Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program. She completed her MD at Virginia Commonwealth University, and first became interested in public health as a Duke Global Health Fellow in Geneva. Dr. Shin completed a Master of Public Health Degree at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with a focus on Global Health and Maternal and Child Health. She plans to pursue a Complex Family Planning Fellowship at the end of her residency training. Her research interests include addressing the family planning needs of people of color and low-income populations, and finding solutions to improving healthcare service delivery such as the use of telemedicine for contraception. This study will add to knowledge of the family planning concerns, experiences, and perceptions within the Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Given the rise of racialized violence against the AAPI population, this study will also explore whether current events such as the COVID-19 pandemic and rise in anti-Asian hate crimes have influenced AAPI women’s sexual and reproductive health concerns. Study data will be collected in a disaggregated manner. Participants will be recruited through social media to participate in a web-based survey and semi-structured qualitative interview. For each anonymous web-based survey, the investigative team will donate to a legitimate, charitable organization focusing on the safety and wellbeing of AAPI communities of the participants’ choice. This study may inform practitioners on the unique needs, concerns, and preferences of the AAPI population.