Megan Fuerst, MD, MPH, Oregon Health and Science University

Megan (she/her) received her MD and MPH from George Washington University and is a current OB/GYN resident at The Oregon Health and Science University. Her interests include reproductive health policy, adolescent sexual health, and healthcare disparities. Prior to starting medical school, she worked internationally on a variety of maternal and reproductive healthcare access projects. While ...Read more >

Shay Gingras, MPH, Planned Parenthood North Central States

Shay Gingras is currently a student at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health pursuing her Masters in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health with minors in Sexual Health and Health Equity. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies and Sociology from Macalester College. She is currently a Senior Research Coordinator with ...Read more >

Taehyun Kim, MS, University of Maryland

Taehyun Kim is a doctoral student at the University of Maryland Department of Health Policy and Management. Her broad research interest lies in abortion and contraceptive policy and health equity. More specifically, she aims to produce research evidence for policymaking that alleviates social and policy barriers to access to abortion and contraception. This interest was ...Read more >

Leah Koenig, MSPH, University of California, San Francisco

Leah Koenig is a PhD Student in Epidemiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a data analyst at Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH). She is drawn to family planning research because of the belief that the ability to actualize reproductive goals plays a central role in autonomy and equity. Prior ...Read more >

Lily Nathan, MA, The New School for Social Research

Lily Nathan’s research project, Seismic shifts in the abortion access landscape: The abortion access worker experience, is a qualitative study of abortion access workers’ experiences and challenges. Abortion access workers–those who staff or volunteer for abortion funds and practical support organizations–constitute a critical component of the abortion access infrastructure, especially as they facilitate abortions for ...Read more >

Pooja Patel, MD, Hurley Medical Center

This project will examine the effect of providing access to self-administered injectable contraception in the form of depo-subQ Provera 104 and text-based injection reminders on unintended pregnancy rates among users of depo-medroxyprogesterone acetate at Hurley Medical Center, a publicly funded safety-net hospital in Flint, Michigan. This project will compare unintended pregnancy rates among the study ...Read more >

Elizabeth Pleasants, MPH, University of California, Berkeley

Elizabeth (Betsy) Pleasants is a Doctoral Candidate in the Doctor of Public Health Program (DrPH) at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. She was born and raised in North Carolina but now lives in Oakland, California. She received her Master’s in Public Health in the Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH) program at UC Berkeley ...Read more >

Miriam Singer, BA, Harvard Medical School

Miriam Singer is a third-year student at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Her passions include reproductive justice, reproductive health, and medical education. She recently co-developed an innovative, interactive, case-based Reproductive Justice curriculum covering systems-level disparities in family planning. This curriculum is now mandatory for every HMS student and will soon be available to all educators and ...Read more >

Laura Swan, PhD, MSW, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Laura Swan is a scholar who is committed to acting as a change agent for social justice and health equity. She has clinical experience as a hospital social worker and received her doctorate in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her work is focused on ...Read more >

Xanthia Tucker, MD, University of Michigan

Xanthia Tucker is a resident physician in combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Michigan. She plans to become a primary care doctor who offers full-scope family planning. Prior to pursuing medicine, she was a comparative literature major, freelance writer, baker, and health coach at a county hospital. Tucker chose to become a ...Read more >