"Beyond the Numbers: Access to Reproductive Health Care for Low-Income Women in Five Communities"
As policy debates over the future of access to reproductive and sexual health services heat up at the national and state levels, understanding how these policies are playing out on the ground requires getting beyond the statistics.
Earlier this year, Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), working with Health Management Associates, conducted interviews with local clinicians, social service providers, community-based organizations, researchers, and health care advocates as well as a focus group with low-income women in five different communities. The study addressed how national, state, and local policies, as well as cultural factors, shape access to contraception, maternity care, abortion, STIs, and other services.
At 9:30 AM EST/7:30 AM MST on Thursday, November 14, KFF will host a briefing to release findings from this study and share perspectives from local stakeholders in the study communities. Usha Ranji, an associate director of KFF’s Women’s Health Policy program will present an overview of the case studies and focus groups conducted in St. Louis, MO; Erie, PA; Selma, AL; Tulare County, CA; and the Crow Tribal Reservation, MT. The presentation will be followed by a roundtable discussion moderated by Alina Salganicoff, Senior Vice President and Director of Women’s Health Policy, with health care leaders from these communities. Participants include:
- Katie Plax, Medical Director, the SPOT, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, MO
- Keshee Dozier-Smith, CEO, Rural Health Medical Program in Selma, AL
- Susan Scriven, Nurse Practitioner at Adagio Health in Erie, PA
- Caity Meader, CEO, Family Services of Tulare County, CA
- Brocade Stops Black Eagle, RN, Indian Health Service in Crow Tribe, MT