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Updates from the Reproductive Health Access Network

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The past six months have been a busy time for the Reproductive Health Access Network! Nationally, we hosted two gatherings at the National Abortion Federation and Society of Teachers of Family Medicine annual conferences this spring. Both meetings brought together over 40 providers to discuss the current reproductive health climate and how we can work together to continue fighting the challenges to reproductive health care provision that we face regionally and nationally.

In 2015, the NYC-area Cluster decided to pilot a four-session expanded learning opportunity for residents and clinicians wanting to dive deeper into various reproductive health-related topics. Pulling from TEACH’s C.R.E.A.T.E curriculum, and led by experienced providers from within the Cluster, the sessions covered topics such as managing complications, overcoming barriers to integrating reproductive health in primary care settings, developing clinical advocacy skills, and job negotiation for graduating residents. Offering these opportunities for extra-curricular learning is something the NYC Cluster hopes to continue doing this coming academic year. The Eastern Massachusetts/Boston Cluster also participated in an evening of skill building, covering similar topics. Over 40 local residents and clinicians from Massachusetts and Rhode Island attended, the biggest Cluster turnout yet!

In Baltimore, the Mid-Atlantic Cluster has already met twice this year, most recently for a screening of After Tiller followed by a group discussion. In both Philadelphia and New Jersey, Cluster members came together for dinner to connect and discuss their work, sharing stories, insight, and wisdom from their unique experiences. If you are interested in doing something similar in your own local Cluster or reproductive health community, please reach out to our Program Manager, Laura Riker.

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