Aalap Bommaraju, MPH, University of Cincinnati

Aalap Bommaraju (they/them) explores how people transform reproductive care through everyday cultural and political practices. They are a sociologist with specialization in the sociology of medicine, reproduction, social movements, and race. One of their primary research projects explores outcomes after a 2017 state-level victory in Illinois that regained abortion coverage for Medicaid recipients. Through grounded ...Read more >

Zahra Goliaei, MD, MPH, University of California, Merced

This proposed study is part of the applicant’s doctoral dissertation. Prior to entering the United States, she worked as a physician in Iran, where she began engaging with women’s family planning challenges. After moving to the US, she worked on health outcomes of refugees and conducted workshops on pre-post-natal care and family planning, for pregnant ...Read more >

Asha Hassan, MPH, Planned Parenthood North Central States

Asha Hassan is an early career Health Services Researcher and Epidemiologist. Asha completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in Gender and Women’s Studies with minors in global health and African studies in 2015. After graduating she moved to Nairobi, Kenya for a year to work as a research fellow ...Read more >

Elise Higgins, MA, University of Kansas

Elise is a fourth year PhD student at the University of Kansas and former lobbyist, organizer, and media spokesperson for Planned Parenthood. Her research is deeply informed by her experience of working against abortion stigma in the legislative and political process. Elise currently serves as the Vice President of the Kansas Abortion Fund, where her ...Read more >

Laura Kirkpatrick, MD, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Laura is a third-year resident in Child Neurology at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh aiming to become a clinician-investigator focused on improving sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents and young adults with neurologic conditions. Laura has a longstanding interest in family planning, including professional and volunteer commitments with the National Abortion Federation (NAF) Hotline ...Read more >

Priscilla Lopez, MPH, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy

To help establish sexual and reproductive health (SRH) equity through early, consistent, and comprehensive sex education across all communities in the United States (US) is the long-term goal Priscilla has been working towards with each educational and professional experience. Sex education has typically rarely covered topics like LGBTQ healthcare, abortion, provider bias, among others. As ...Read more >

Jane Seymour, MPH, Ibis Reproductive Health

Jane Seymour is a doctoral student in epidemiology at Boston University and holds a Master in Public Health from the University of Pennsylvania. Jane currently works as a Senior Project Manager at Ibis Reproductive Health where she manages and leads qualitative and quantitative research to assess access to abortion and contraception in the United States ...Read more >

Nina Tan, MD, University of Washington

As a primary care internal medicine (IM) resident with a focus on women’s health and family planning, Dr. Tan feels passionately about the essential role of primary care in providing abortion services, especially as legal abortion access continues to be dictated by restrictive policies. Her career goal is to improve primary care medication abortion access ...Read more >

Sung Yeon Choimorrow, MDiv, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

Almost no research to date has examined the abortion needs of Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), though existing data suggest that abortion incidence among AAPI women may be relatively high. There are likely significant opportunities to increase access to medication abortion to AAPIs, but there is evidence needed to document the knowledge of, attitudes ...Read more >

Ilana Dzuba, MHS, Gynuity Health Projects

There is limited evidence supporting a highly effective medication regimen for outpatient medical abortion services at 11 and 12 weeks of gestation. Currently people seeking services at these gestational ages are generally limited to aspiration, and may need to travel farther to find a facility that provides this service. Having a reliable regimen for mifepristone-misoprostol ...Read more >

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