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Nov 14

IUDs: The Other Side of the Speculum

I’m a single, white, sexually-active young woman with no significant medical history and I want an intrauterine device (IUD).  Yet after four months of trying to get an IUD, I still have an empty uterus.  At the end of my last visit to the doctor, I turned to my friend exasperated and exclaimed, “Why does…

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 25

Our Partners in Primary Care

Although much of RHAP’s work focuses on supporting family physicians, we also stand behind the critical role nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurse midwives play in primary care. These advanced practice clinicians (for lack of a better, all-encompassing term) often provide health care in the most under-served communities in the United States.  Advanced practice clinicians…

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…

Jun 05

Celebrating the Rashbaum-Tiller Awards

Last night Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health hosted their annual Rashbaum-Tiller Abortion Provider Awards.  The Reproductive Health Access Project came out in full force to celebrate. Can you blame us for being so excited? Linda Prine our Medical Director and one of our organization’s founders, received the William K. Rashbaum, MD Abortion Provider Award…

Mar 26

Educating the Health Care Leaders of Tomorrow

This week, RHAP presented for the Community HealthCorps Program, a national AmeriCorps group of 18 individuals engaged in a variety of projects to promote access to health care and health information in medically under-served communities all around New York State. This particular group of HealthCorps members is comprised of recent undergrads, many of whom intend…