How We Work

Our power as a hub for advancing sexual and reproductive health comes from our multidisciplinary approach to advancing our vision. We integrate four key approaches to provide evidence, care for patients, and influence key decisionmakers.


Our members conduct rigorous clinical and social science research in the United States and around the world.

Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health informs the most pressing debates on abortion and reproductive health, producing groundbreaking research like the Turnaway Study documenting the impacts of denying someone a wanted abortion.

The Person-Centered Reproductive Health Program in the Department of Family and Community Medicine conducts research and designs programs that centers people’s values and preferences for sexual and reproductive health care.

The University of Zimbabwe-UCSF Clinical Trials Unit is a center for excellence researching new technologies to prevent and treat HIV.

Clinical care

Our members provide patient-centered, compassionate care at sites throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.  They are ob-gyns, family physicians, registered nurses, certified nurse-midwives and doulas.

The UCSF Pregnancy Options Centers at Mt. Zion and ZSFG provides quality, sensitive, confidential abortion and family planning care to patients from around California and the country.

Team Lily is a multidisciplinary care team providing person-centered, trauma-informed, wraparound services to pregnant people facing significant barriers to care, including homelessness, substance use disorders, incarceration and mental illness.

HIVE has provided preconception and prenatal care to people affected by HIV since 1989. Since 2005, all babies born in San Francisco have been free of HIV.

Training & education

We help train the next generation of abortion, family planning and HIV providers.

The Ryan Residency Training Program helps ob-gyn programs around the country integrate family planning training, including helping residents in restrictive states get abortion training.

The California Prevention Training Center provides capacity-building services to help health care professionals working in HIV, STIs and sexual and reproductive health to deliver high-quality, respectful and inclusive services.

Beyond the Pill’s training program has trained thousands of health care providers to integrate the full range of contraceptives into routine contraceptive care.


Our members work to influence policy and public debate to ensure equitable access to reproductive health care and work to enact our reproductive justice values.

Our members bring evidence and experience to media coverage of sexual and reproductive health issues, writing and appearing in outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today and Scientific American. American

Our experts provide testimony to legislatures and in court cases, as well as advice to shape policy through initiatives like the California Future of Abortion Council, a coalition that developed recommendations to create new policy in California to meet the needs of abortion patients and providers after the overturn of Roe v. Wade.

We invest resources to ensure our members have the skills to participate in advocacy and media work, offering training and support including the Bixby Center Advocacy and Communications Fellowship.

Our commitment to anti-racism, equity, inclusion and structural change

We strive to create space for intentional and meaningful change that aligns with our mission and values, and speaks true to our commitment for Anti-Racism, Equity, Inclusion, and Structural Change (AEISC). As part of this commitment, we partnered with the ZSFG Ob-Gyn Division and Solid Start Initiative to establish our first Community Accountability Board (CAB). The CAB exists to ensure authentic and ongoing partnership directly with the community we serve. The CAB is composed of 10 individuals with the lived experience of receiving prenatal and/or pediatric care at ZSFG, and who are passionate about working collaboratively to amplify the needs of their communities, and inform the actions needed to move towards safe, respectful, and equitable care. Their incredible impact within Bixby allows for research that supports innovative solutions from the community, for the community.