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November 2022

Meet Alison Comfort, researcher exploring the stories behind the data

UCSF Bixby Center
Health economist Alison Comfort has been drawn to math and economics her whole life. The unique power of her work comes in recognizing the real-life experiences behind the data.

IGHS and Bixby Center researchers head to Kenya to develop more equitable global partnerships

UCSF Bixby Center
An upcoming Nairobi workshop will attempt to develop a road map on how UCSF can structure global research collaborations with hopes that it will be implemented across UCSF and even beyond. The ideas that come out of the meeting with provide steps and policies for UCSF to hold itself accountable to leveraging its resources to make real, lasting change.

Sex ed programs that share information about clinical services reduce perceived barriers to care

UCSF Bixby Center
A new study from the Institute for Health Policy Studies examines whether sex ed programs that provide information about local services can help reduce perceived barriers to care.

Implications of the Dobbs Decision for Medical Education

JAMA
Bixby members Jody Steinauer and Biftu Mengesha, with co-author Nikki Zite, warn about inadequate training and moral distress as a result of overturning Roe v. Wade. 

October 2022

San Francisco shows paid family leave should be designed with an equity approach

UCSF Bixby Center
In 2017, San Francisco implemented the first fully paid leave law in the US. The law requires that most private sector employers in the city make up the difference from what California’s partially funded leave program offers, so workers have 100% wage replacement for 6 weeks after the birth of a child. New research using birth certificates and hospital records investigated whether the paid leave ordinance was associated with improved birth outcomes.

One in three people would consider managing their own abortion if they couldn't get to a clinic

UCSF Bixby Center
A new ANSIRH study confirms that as many as one in three people indicate that they would consider doing something to end their pregnancy on their own if unable to obtain care at a facility.

September 2022

Could an abortion ban put your life in danger?

Elle
In a chaotic post-Roe landscape, it's hard to know what your medical rights are. Biftu Mengesha and Jody Steinauer talked about what providers and patients need to know, and how things need to change.  ​​​​​​​

Women’s social networks influence decisions around prenatal care

UCSF Bixby Center
A new study led by Alison Comfort explores reliance on social ties for information about starting prenatal care in Uganda.

A new tool to measure agency in contraceptive care

UCSF Bixby Center
New Bixby research aims to fill a gap in measuring contraceptive agency in people’s interactions with a provider.

August 2022

Young people are more concerned about pregnancy than STIs

UCSF Bixby Center
New research from the Institute for Health Policy Studies convened focus groups of youth from highly affected and underserved groups to explore their concerns and attitudes about the risks and consequences of pregnancy and STIs.