2014 North American Forum on Family Planning

Last month, several of our Section faculty and staff traveled to Miami for the 2014 North American Forum on Family Planning.

The Forum gathered nearly 700 clinicians, researchers, and clinical staff to present, discuss, and learn the latest on family planning and how evidence can inform both policy and practice.

The agenda included daily panels covering sexual and reproductive health and justice issues. Section Chief Dr. Melissa Gilliam served on the panel, Addressing disparities in Family Planning: Why provider diversity matters. Dr. Gilliam also moderated a panel that covered Reproductive Justice, health disparities, and incarcerated women in the U.S  This session echoed our policy brief on this topic — that a right to abortion while behind bars is meaningless without access. As a panelist said, “What happens to women behind bars is a microcosm of the politicization of reproduction in our society.”

Dr. Gilliam also contributed to a timely and important discussion, The continuing debate on the Medicaid sterilization policy: The advocacy community’s perspective. This session took into account the full, diverse experiences of women seeking to end fertility and reminders to support reproductive autonomy.

Other Forum sessions from Section faculty included a presentation by Dr. Amy Whitaker called Postpartum IUD insertion: From research to reality.


Dr. Sabrina Holmquist and Clinic Administrator Brie Anderson presented at the Ryan Program meeting.


Many of our faculty and staff had posters accepted at the Forum as well.



Dr. Whitaker’s poster presented her research on motivational interviewing to improve post-abortive uptake of LARC methods. Dr. Whitaker’s research shows that motivational interviewing is a promising approach to address health behavior issues, including repeat abortion and contraceptive counseling, as it is theory based, directive, and patient centered. Click here to view a PDF of the poster.


Section faculty Dr. Julie Chor’s poster discussed her research on the prevalence and correlates of women presenting for abortion having a regular provider. julieforumDr. Chor’s study found that a history of abortion did not increase the likelihood of a woman having a regular  provider, and so an abortion visit is a good opportunity to engage women in the healthcare system. Click here to view a PDF of the poster.


Other posters presented at the Forum included:

  • Shared negative experiences with long-acting reversible contraception and their impact on contraception counseling: A mixed methods study (Authors include OBGYN resident Dr. Benjamin Brown and Dr. Amy Whitaker). Click here for PDF.
  • Risk Factors for Feelings of Shame and Guilt at the Time of Abortion (Authors include Dr. Julie Chor, Dr. Amy Whitaker, and Policy Coordinator Lee Hasselbacher). Click here for PDF.
  • Reproductive health characteristics associated with unwanted or ambivalent first sexual experience among reproductive-aged men in the United States: An analysis of the National Survey of Family Growth, 2006-2010 (Authors include Dr. Melissa Gilliam, Dr. Amy Whitaker, and former fellow Dr. Elisabeth Woodhams). Click here for PDF.
  • Also spotted: Is LARC for everyone? Socio-cultural perceptions and barriers to contraception among refugees in Ethiopia.  Dr. AuTumn Davidson conducted this research during her fellowship in family planning. Authors include Dr. Gilliam and Research Specialists Dr. Camille Fabiyi, Dr. Brandon Hill, and Erin Jaworski.


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