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August 2022

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

UCSF Bixby Center
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. They share the revised policy they developed and call for policies that are person-centered, stigma-free, evidence-based, nonpunitive, and coupled with addiction education for the healthcare workforce.

July 2022

Racism motivates and hinders aspiring midwives of color

UCSF Bixby Center
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 major barriers for people of color wanting to enter midwifery education.

Understanding the fear that birth control causes infertility

UCSF Bixby Center
New research led by Erica Sedlander explored what’s associated with the myth that contraception causes infertility to suggest strategies to address it and help people make informed choices about using birth control.

Why Primary Care Providers Like Me Must Become Abortion Providers

Rewire News Group
With states free to ban abortion and clinics in access states overwhelmed with patients, Dr. Christine Dehlendorf called on primary care providers to join the struggle and normalize and integrate abortion care in Rewire News Group. 

Health care provider decision making on reporting prenatal substance use

UCSF Bixby Center
Researchers from ANSIRH conducted in-depth interviews with hospital-based healthcare providers to understand factors that contribute to their decision making related to reporting people’s substance use to government health authorities, police or CPS.

June 2022

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

Ms. Magazine
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

UCSF Bixby Center
A new study from Beyond the Pill looked at whether young adults who had trouble accessing basic needs like food and housing would feel like they could use telemedicine for birth control.

Centering Black women’s abortion experiences

UCSF Bixby Center
Conversations about Black women and abortion often fail to account for these structural factors and are framed by comparing their experiences to white women as the “norm.” 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.

May 2022

Doctors are concerned about a post Roe v. Wade world

San Francisco Examiner
Doctors and medical students from UCSF shared their concerns about how overturning Roe v. Wade would affect abortion training and patient care.

Meet Purba Chatterjee, connector working to decolonize global health

UCSF Bixby Center
Thanks to Purba Chatterjee's experience across different divisions, departments, and countries, colleagues have come to view her as a connector, helping people find other people, jobs, grants and projects to serve the higher goal of improving public health.