August 2017

Accepting Applications for 2018-19 Reproductive Health and Advocacy Fellowship 

The Reproductive Health Care and Advocacy Fellowship is now accepting applications! This one-year fellowship is open to family physicians and aims to develop leaders who will promote and teach full-spectrum reproductive health care within family medicine. We are recruiting for fellowship positions in New York City at the Institute for Family Health-affiliated residencies and one in Boston at the Tufts University Family Medicine Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance.  Information on the Michigan Fellowship will be released later this fall.

Fellows will be “trainers in training,” learning to perform reproductive health procedures and how to teach these procedures to others. Fellows will develop leadership skills by giving presentations during the residency curriculum sessions, as well as at academic family medicine meetings and conferences. With guidance from the Reproductive Health Access Project, Fellows will participate in advocacy projects that promote access to reproductive health care in family medicine. In collaboration with residents and faculty, Fellows will work on research projects with the goal of preparing presentations for academic meetings and publications for family medicine journals.

Applications for the Reproductive Health and Advocacy Fellowship can only be submitted electronically and are due December 1.  To apply, please email the following materials to fellowship@reproductiveaccess.org: a cover letter stating the reasons for interest and career goals, three references (must either be on electronic letterhead with an electronic signature or a scanned pdf of the letter on letterhead with a signature) and a curriculum vitae. We look forward to reading your applications!


Save the Date: Fellowship 10th Anniversary 

The first four Reproductive Health Care and Advocacy Fellows from 2007-2010

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Reproductive Health Care and Advocacy Fellowship, a training program established to expand the number of clinicians teaching and providing abortion, contraception, and miscarriage care. Join us in New York City on October 26th to celebrate.   

The celebration will be held on October 26th from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm at The Center, 208 West 13th Street, NYC. The funds raised will go towards expanding the fellowship. If you’d like to reserve your ticket, become a sponsor, or make a donation, click here or go to bit.ly/10yearsfellowship. For more information please contact Rosanna Montilla-Payano at rosanna@reproductiveaccess.org

The fellowship was first launched in New York City in 2007, and later expanded to multiple training sites in New York City, one in Boston, and soon in Michigan. Over ten years, we have trained more than 20 family physicians who are committed to changing the landscape of reproductive health care, with all of them providing access to all birth control methods and miscarriage care and 67% of them providing abortion care in their communities!

The next few years are critical. We want to expand the fellowship nationally because training clinicians to provide quality, client-centered reproductive health care is one of the biggest ways we are making an impact. 


Patient Resources Now Available in Vietnamese and Hindi + 20% off all store orders! 

We are excited to announce that 33 of the Reproductive Health Access Project’s patient education materials are now available in Vietnamese and our Hindi materials will be available by August 11th! By providing our patient education materials in multiple languages, we hope to reach as many populations as possible, ensuring accessibility to important reproductive health care knowledge. Comprehensive and easy to read, our fact sheets and user guides include information on different forms of contraception, abortion, and miscarriage care. These materials are available to download for free from our website and to purchase from our store.

Our patient education materials and clinical tools support effective communication between health care providers and patients, helping people make informed decisions about their reproductive health and care. All of our patient education materials are evidence based, pharma-free, and field-tested by Vietnamese and Hindi speaking clinicians and patients. Accessible to people at different levels of medical knowledge and literacy, all of our translated materials comply with the International Patient Decision Aid Standards. Check out our newly translated patient education materials on our website or store. You can also find patient education materials in English, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese.

In celebration of these newly translated materials and the end of summer, from now through August 31st, 2017, you will receive 20% off ALL orders from the RHAP store when you use discount code: BACKTOSCHOOL.


Spotlight on a Donor: Doris Quintanilla 

“I was born into a family of activists – I am the daughter of an albino war refugee from El Salvador and an indigenous mother with a 4th grade education. I learned at a very early age that the community came first and sacrificing for the greater good wasn’t the exception but the norm. I also learned that an education, integrity, and representation matter. Whenever and wherever you are, always support those in need. That is what it means to be human. That mentality as well as my work in community health education for almost a decade, has kept me motivated to volunteer my time, chose the battles I want to fight, and dedicate the time necessary to effect change.”

Doris Quintanilla is a strong believer in community-led development.  She has chosen to work for and supports organizations that focus on the power of community because they create change by utilizing the skills and motivation of their people to build and organize movements. Doris believes that the Reproductive Health Access Project is one of those organizations and she supports our mission in DC!

“I was fortunate enough to work with a RHAP fellow in my current position of Education Program Manager. I was able to see firsthand how well trained, informed, and committed to health equity and justice RHAP fellows are. At the same time, I learned that a former colleague and friend, Emily Kane-Lee, not only supported the work of RHAP, she was also on their board of directors. In our conversation about the new administration and women’s reproductive choice, I quickly realized how much “smaller” organizations are impacting the work which is just as important as the work being done by the big name organizations.” Doris quickly understood the need for advocacy and how important small, nimble organizations like RHAP are in these times, and knew she wanted to be involved.

Doris became an ambassador for RHAP with the goal of not only fundraising but to also bring awareness to the work we do across the country. “For such a small organization, RHAP makes a large impact and truly works to embody their mission, vision, and values.” She believes it’s imperative that we not only address the health needs of patients but that we do so in a culturally competent and respectable way. “As an ambassador, my goal is to bring awareness to the important work that RHAP does, increase its impact throughout the East Coast, and, of course, to fundraise.”

On a mission to educate, empower, mentor, and effect change in the lives of women – especially women of color – Doris is on her way to empower mission driven organizations. We are so thankful for Doris’s commitment to expand access to comprehensive reproductive health care by using her skills and passion. If you’d like to learn about how to become an ambassador for RHAP, please contact Rosanna Montilla-Payano at rosanna@reprodcutiveaccess.org.


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