Programs and partners

The Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health is housed within the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. Our programs address critical issues in reproductive and sexual health research, care, policy and medical training:

  • Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health conducts innovative, rigorous, multidisciplinary research on complex issues related to people’s sexual and reproductive lives. Their work is informed by an understanding of the role that structural inequities play in shaping health. They believe in the importance of research in advancing evidence-based policy, practice, and public discourse to improve reproductive wellbeing.
  • Beyond the Pill promotes access and equity in women’s contraceptive health care. They build the research foundation to transform clinical care and women’s lives worldwide.
  • Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health is a career development program for women’s health research. Through financial support, targeted mentorship, and educational programs, they are supporting the next generation of scholars.
  • California Prevention Training Center provides training and technical assistance in HIV, STDs and sexual and reproductive health to strengthen health provider workforce capacity. 
  • Family AIDS Care & Education Services advances health by conducting innovative medical and social research, delivering high-quality health care services, and building capacity in collaboration with local and international partners. FACES is co-led by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Their efforts focus on vulnerable populations in Kisumu County, Kenya.
  • The Fellowship in Family Planning is a two-year post-residency training program for physicians that focuses on creating leaders in research, teaching and clinical skills in abortion and contraceptive care. The National Office of the Fellowship, housed at the Bixby Center, coordinates fellows' work with respected leaders in the field, visits to international partner organizations, original research projects and completion of a master's degree in clinical research.
  • The GloCal Health Fellowship provides aspiring global health researchers with outstanding interdisciplinary education and training in innovative research designed to improve health for populations around the world.
  • HIVE advances reproductive and sexual wellness for individuals, families and communities affected by HIV in San Francisco and beyond. Since 1989, HIVE has provided preconception and prenatal care to women and couples affected by HIV. Since 2005, all babies born in San Francisco have been free of HIV.
  • Innovating Education in Reproductive Health has created a digital hub for cutting-edge curricula to teach abortion and family planning to health professionals at all levels. Their goal is to support clinicians dedicated to providing high-quality health care through eLearning, mobile technology and hands-on support.
  • The Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Program is a national initiative based at the Bixby Center that integrates and enhances family planning training for obstetrics and gynecology residents in the United States and Canada. They provide resources and technical expertise to medical schools, improving clinical care and didactics in contraception and abortion.
  • New Generation Health Center is a clinical care center focused on youth in San Francisco. New Gen employs a comprehensive model of care that includes youth-friendly services and education. 
  • The Person-Centered Reproductive Health Program is dedicated to the idea that women should be at the heart of all family planning efforts. To accomplish this goal, we engage in activities designed to develop, evaluate and disseminate innovative family planning interventions, as well as conduct formative research to deepen our understanding of women’s preferences and experiences around contraception.
  • PRONTO International aims to optimize care during birth. They develop and implement innovative training strategies that act as a catalyst for health care providers to make individual, team, and systems changes.
  • The Safe Motherhood Program prevents maternal deaths by promoting women’s health and rights. They conduct rigorous research and translate findings into actionable knowledge for clinicians and providers globally, while also creating links between research, policy and implementation.
  • Training in Early Abortion for Comprehensive Healthcare (TEACH) trains clinicians in reproductive health, enables them to provide abortion care, and cultivates the next generation of reproductive health champions to ensure everyone has access to comprehensive healthcare.
  • University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences Clinical Trials Research Center conducts clinical research related to the treatment and prevention of HIV, AIDS-related illnesses and women’s health. UCSF provides scientific leadership and administrative support for the program, while UZ conducts research at many centers around Zimbabwe.
  • Women’s Options Center provides abortion care and family planning services in a private, comfortable and sensitive environment. WOC provides care for people seeking abortion, treatment for miscarriage or fetal death. 

UC Partners

The Bixby Center also works with a variety of partner programs at the University of California, including:

  • The UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) aims to end the HIV epidemic and associated health and social disparities by conducting high-impact HIV prevention science and building capacity among researchers and communities to address effectively HIV. 
  • Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS) works to solve complex health policy problems through research, training, technical assistance and public service. Our special competence lies in translating research across disciplines and fields to inform health policy. The Bixby Center works closely with IHPS on adolescent sexual and reproductive health policy issues.
  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Division of Ob/Gyn provides a wide range of women's health services, including prenatal, obstetrics, midwifery and general gynecology care. Most Bixby Center clinical faculty provide care to patients and train medical students, residents and fellows at ZSFG.  
  • University of California Global Health Institute advances the mission of the 10-campus University of California system to improve the lives of people in California and around the world. UCGHI trains the next generation of global health leaders and accelerates the discovery and implementation of transformative global health solutions.
  • UCGHI Center of Expertise in Women's Health, Gender and Empowerment envisions a world in which equitable gender norms lead to healthy and empowered women — including UC students. The Center promotes research, education and community engagement both globally and locally to reduce gender and health inequities.
  • National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health is a catalyst for understanding women's unique health needs, teaching evidence-based medicine, cultivating women leaders, and linking medical care for a truly patient-centered experience.
  • Center for Vulnerable Populations at ZSFG is dedicated to improving health and reducing disparities through discovery, innovation, policy, advocacy, and community partnerships. The CVP seeks to develop effective strategies to prevent and treat chronic diseases in communities most at risk.
  • Center for Health and Community seeks to improve the medical care provided to individuals and communities, shape healthcare policy, and educate future health care providers.
  • The UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative is a multi-year research effort working to reduce the burden of prematurity in California and East Africa. PTBi engages in holistic, place-based research, and respectful care across the reproductive life course.