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How to develop compassionate, nonpunitive, in-hospital substance use policies

August 10, 2022
In a new commentary, authors from San Francisco General Hospital argue that hospital policies should facilitate therapeutic responses instead of leaving healthcare workers to apply potentially stigmatizing beliefs about addictions.

Racism motivates and hinders aspiring midwives of color

July 28, 2022
New research from the Abortion Care Training Incubator for Outstanding Nurse Scholars (ACTIONS) program at the University of California, San Francisco, and Commonsense Childbirth found that the high cost of midwifery education and related costs like loss of income while enrolled in school were...

Understanding the fear that birth control causes infertility

July 21, 2022
New research led by Erica Sedlander explored what’s associated with this myth to suggest strategies to address it and help people make informed choices about using birth control.

Health care provider decision making on reporting prenatal substance use

July 08, 2022
Discussions of alcohol and/or drug use during pregnancy often focus on the harms cause by the substance use. But research shows that policies and health care practices adapted in response also cause harm. Two practices that contribute to those harms are reporting of pregnant people’s substance use...

In absence of Roe, healthcare providers have a professional and ethical duty to step up

Ms. Magazine | June 29, 2022
Following the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe, Dr. Biftu Mengesha calls on healthcare providers to "wield our collective power to advocate for and provide everyone with the compassionate, dignified reproductive healthcare they deserve."

Telemedicine for birth control feels difficult for young adults experiencing food and housing insecurity

June 08, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic motivated healthcare providers to expand telemedicine to prevent spreading the virus. Telemedicine offers a safe and effective way to support people starting or continuing contraception. It can help increase access to care, especially for people in rural areas or underserved...

Centering Black women’s abortion experiences

June 01, 2022
New research from Dr. Katherine Brown and team provides an alternative by centering the experiences of Black women and working to understand how they experience abortion care and the impact of structural racism on those experiences.

Meet Purba Chatterjee, connector working to decolonize global health

May 18, 2022
Serving as an HIV counselor in San Francisco at the height of the HIV epidemic helped Purba Chatterjee connect with her calling. Since growing up in India, she had always been interested in health but didn’t quite know how to make it a career. After taking a course on the biology of AIDS as an...

Clinics’ challenges providing birth control during the pandemic

May 11, 2022
During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare providers have worked to balance patients’ access to health services with public health. While professional and public health organizations agreed that contraception is an essential service, providers also had to respond to social distancing mandates,...

Almost half of US ob-gyn residents won’t get abortion training if Roe v. Wade is overturned

April 28, 2022
April 28, 2022 By the end of June, the Supreme Court will issue a decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, a direct challenge to the right to abortion protected by Roe v. Wade. If Roe is overturned, 26 states are certain or likely to ban abortion.