Contraception

Aug 08

That’s a RHAP!

This summer and my internship with the Reproductive Health Access Project have come to a close.  At our final staff luncheon on July 25, 2012 my fellow interns and I were asked to comment on the most surprising thing we learned as part of our experience with the non-profit organization.  Given the current political climate,…

Jul 18

Staff Summer Book Picks

Our staff loves to read – especially books about reproductive health and access issues!  So this summer we thought we’d share a few of our favorites so you could add them to your summer reading list. And if you have any recommendations, send them our way. Happy reading! p.s. If you buy any of these…

Jul 11

Meet Our Summer Interns!

We are thrilled to introduce you to our two summer interns – Lianne and Mia! These wonderful new members of the Reproductive Health Access Project team will be with us all summer long, putting together workshops and trainings, doing research on policy issues, and writing for the blog. Here’s a little info about them. Name:…

Jun 27

I Know Why the Caged Birds RHAP

“If she were a normal patient…” Physicians use the words “normal” and “abnormal” to differentiate lab values and physical exam findings. But on this evening in particular, in our student-run free clinic in Pennsylvania, our patient had no apparent anomalies.  When the physician implied she was abnormal, he wasn’t referring to her health. He was…

Jun 20

Patient-Centered = Pro-Choice

Family physicians aim to be “patient-centered.”  It’s not always clear, however, what that means.  It doesn’t mean that we give antibiotics to anyone with a cold who wants them.  It doesn’t mean we prescribe narcotics for anyone who requests them.  We practice medicine responsibly while paying attention to  our patients’ concerns.  Being patient-centered is more…

May 16

Who Reads the Contraceptive Pearls?

Every month, the Reproductive Health Access Project writes and sends the Contraceptive Pearls,  an evidence-based e-publication containing clinically up-to-date contraceptive information, to thousands of clinicians across the country. These monthly emails cover a wide range of clinical topics such as Non-Prescription Birth Control Methods, IUDs for Teens, and Fertility Following IUD Use.  (Access the full…

Apr 30

From New York to Vancouver to Seattle and Back

April is always a busy month for us:  We launch our annual survey of family medicine residents trained in abortion care, mail out our spring newsletter,  and host national gatherings of our Reproductive Health Access Network.  We close the month by attending two key national conferences–back to back.  One is a primary care conference, the…

Mar 09

Going Back to School

This week was college outreach week.  We had an amazing time talking and listening to the young people we met. On Tuesday RHAP’s Executive Director Lisa Maldonado was a guest lecturer in Barnard College’s “Intro to Women and Health” class.   Her presentation focused on the gaps in reproductive health care in the U.S.  She then…

Mar 02

Medicaid, Pharmacies and Unintended Pregnancy

This week I saw my third patient with an unintended pregnancy as a result of New York State’s new Medicaid formularies.  New York State recently gave over its widespread coverage of medications for Medicaid recipients to the managed care Medicaid plans, allowing their more restrictive formularies to decide which medications are covered, which aren’t, and…