Renee Kramer, MPH, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Provision of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) before women leave the delivery hospital can be difficult for health care systems to achieve due to the high costs of devices and insertion. In response to challenges with the global fee for labor and delivery services, 37 states since 2012 have established mechanisms to provide appropriate reimbursement for ...Read more >

Subasri Narasimhan, PhD, Emory University

Subasri (Suba) Narasimhan completed her PhD in Community Health Sciences at the University of California Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health where she was a Bixby Doctoral Fellow, Child and Family Health Trainee, and a Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institutes of Child Health and Development Pre-Doctoral Trainee. Her MPH in Maternal and Child Health ...Read more >

Amy Collins, MD, University of Pittsburgh

Young transgender men (including young people who are transmasculinizing) face disparities in the provision of reproductive health care including contraception, despite their biologic capacity for pregnancy and evidence that this population has a need and desire for these critical services. There is a paucity of evidence describing the contraceptive preferences of transmasculine patients, with almost ...Read more >

Lindsey Yates, MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Black women in the US are more likely to experience unintended and short-interval pregnancies, which are associated with increased risk of adverse birth outcomes for mothers and infants. Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), including the placement of intrauterine devices (IUDs) or implants, is the most effective contraceptive method for reducing unintended and short-interval pregnancies; however, Black ...Read more >

Christopher Ahlbach, BS, University of California, San Francisco

Despite its critical importance in reproductive health, access to safe abortion care in the US and globally continues to be impaired by laws and policies based on religious, political, or other ideologies. Although there is substantial anecdotal evidence about specific beliefs and rationales for opposing abortion provision, identifying specific attitudes, and exploring how those attitudes ...Read more >

Kelly Ward, MA, University of California, Irvine

Medical assistants (MAs) have been largely overlooked in research on abortion providers. The proposed research narrows that gap by documenting the integral role MAs play in abortion care. MAs are a rapidly growing occupational group in healthcare and often come to abortion work without a prior ideological commitment to reproductive rights. Using ethnographic methods, I ...Read more >

Summer Martins, PhD, MPH, University of Minnesota

Motivation for contraceptive use hinges on the user’s assumption that they are fertile—capable of conceiving or impregnating. The idea of infertility carries anxiety and stigma for many and, with no way to validate fertility other than attempting pregnancy, may cause people to doubt their reproductive capacity and need for contraception even though they have no ...Read more >

Elizabeth Bartelt, MPH, Indiana University

This study will examine the experiences of sexual and gender minority (SGM) young people who have had at least one abortion. This study will be innovative by lifting voices of those who are typically excluded from traditional women’s health research and practice. The overall focus of this study will be on understanding SGM young people’s ...Read more >

Ashley White, MSPH, University of South Carolina

Despite the method’s effectiveness and safety, vasectomy remains an underutilized contraceptive method in the US. National data has shown there are significant disparities in vasectomy use based on men’s racial/ethnic identity, education, and income, however, questions remain about why these differences exist. Currently, there is limited empirical data on men’s views on vasectomy to help ...Read more >

April Bell, MPH, Indiana University

April J. Bell has designed and implemented data collection and evaluation systems in domestic and international settings. She received her BA in Human Biology from Stanford University, her MPH with a dual concentration in Epidemiology and Social and Behavioral Sciences from the School of Medicine at Indiana University (IU) and is a PhD candidate in ...Read more >

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