Kavita Arora, MD, MBE, Case Western Reserve University

A healthcare system in which 37-51% of women who desire postpartum sterilization are unable to obtain one due to a lack of a valid signed Medicaid consent form is not delivering patient-centered, medically-appropriate, nor ethically-sound care. Sensitive, thoughtful, and careful considerations are required when approaching this topic due to its complex social and cultural backdrop. ...Read more >

Madina , ScD, MPH, Harvard University

Transmasculine individuals – i.e., people assigned a female sex at birth who self-identify as transgender men, female-to-male (FTM), or a non-binary gender identity along the masculine continuum – are at risk of unintended pregnancy. However, transmasculine people face substantial barriers to health care that may undermine their access to and utilization of contraceptive and abortion ...Read more >

Amanda Stevenson, PhD, University of Colorado

Does access to high quality family planning positively affect the life course of women and their families? We plan to address this question – one which is crucial to policy arguments worldwide, but which has rarely been studied with adequate data on the life course outcomes of the women family planning programs are intended to ...Read more >

Dana Schonberg, MD MPH, University of Pennsylvania

Many incarcerated women report interest in starting birth control while in jail or soon after release. Unfortunately, few correctional health facilities routinely provide contraception on-site. In a prior study, members of this research team found that almost all women interviewed at Rikers Island Jail thought contraception should be available at the jail, but many were ...Read more >

Erin Pearson, PhD, MPH, Ipas

Reproductive coercion and partner violence are associated with unwanted pregnancy and abortion globally. In Bangladesh, women reporting partner violence are more likely to access abortion outside the health system and less likely to access post-abortion contraception, especially if accompanied to the clinic by their partner, which suggests additional intervention is needed to support clients’ reproductive ...Read more >

Emily Hall, RN, MSN, MPH, University of California San Francisco

In Haiti, 33% of women who desire to space or prevent pregnancy are not yet using modern contraceptive methods. This gap between those who desire to plan their pregnancies and those using contraceptives is the highest in the western hemisphere. Unmet need for contraception results in unintended pregnancies that can have dangerous outcomes for mothers ...Read more >

Katherine Rucinski, MPH, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

With expanded access to affordable antiretroviral therapy (ART) in sub-Saharan Africa and the recommendation of earlier thresholds for treatment initiation, HIV-infected women are living longer, healthier lives. For HIV-infected women taking ART, using modern methods of contraception to plan pregnancy when CD4 count is high and viral load is low benefits maternal health and prevents ...Read more >

Maria Catrina Jaime, MPH, pending PhD (Aug 2017), The UC Regents of California Davis Campus

Adolescent childbearing is a public health concern with significant consequences for teen parents and their children. As prior teen pregnancy prevention efforts have primarily focused on teen mothers with limited attention to teen fathers, gaps remain in understanding male pregnancy intentions, views of abortion, and influences on contraceptive use. Rigid norms about masculinity have been ...Read more >

Ann Soliman, B.S., Regents of the University of Michigan

Background: Unintended pregnancy is common within two years of childbirth, partly due to inadequate access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). Patient out-of-pocket costs for expensive LARC services may limit its use. LARC coverage has increased overall due to the Affordable Care Act but may not extend to postpartum women, given the unique structure of pregnancy ...Read more >

Courtney Schreiber, MD, MPH, Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania

Family planning (FP) is a field in which individual and public health goals are frequently aligned: when women receive patient-centered reproductive health care, the entire population benefits. As an NIH funded physician-scientist and FP program director, I am committed to fueling the pipeline of investigators who contribute to high-impact reproductive health research with clinical, policy ...Read more >