2019 brought exciting changes and growth to the Reproductive Health Access Project and we are thrilled to announce the team members that joined us this fall.
Lily Trotta earned her B.S. in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, where she also minored in Creative Writing. Her introduction to advocacy was sparked by her time in the service industry, where rampant issues of discrimination and harassment based on gender, sexuality, race, and immigration status prompted a desire to inform and represent her peers in a more effective way. Coming from a background in event booking and customer service, Lily is committed to providing excellent support to the Reproductive Health Access Network.
Silpa Srinivasulu, MPH is a public health researcher and practitioner who focuses on sexual and reproductive health and rights. Silpa joins RHAP as its Research and Evaluation Manager. She previously worked as a Program Manager with the Institute for Family Health where she managed the Hands-on Reproductive Training (HaRT) Center, a project to increase the availability of comprehensive family planning services in New York City. While in graduate school, she participated in community-based participatory research to explore the experiences of patients and primary care providers in asking and responding to pregnancy intention screening questions. Her work has been published in a range of scientific journals including Contraception, Family Practice, Women’s Health Issues, and Progress in Community Health Partnerships. Silpa served as a Community Health Specialist with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic where she trained and mentored networks of community health promoters providing primary care and sexual education to families, schools, and youth. She is committed to incorporating a reproductive justice framework into her work, to ensure all people have access to high-quality and dignified sexual and reproductive health education, services, and care. Silpa earned her MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, with a certificate in Public Health Research Methods.
RHAP worked closely with Silpa in her former role at the Institute for Family Health and we are thrilled to have her as an official RHAP staff member. As our Research and Evaluation Manager. she will be leading efforts to evaluate and strengthen the impact of our work. Some of the projects she will be working on include our Miscarriage Care Initiative, Reproductive Health Care and Advocacy Fellowship, and Reproductive Health Access Network.