I got up early and caught the first flight towards New Mexico. Up high above the desert, I could trace the lines of old streams merging into rivers along the valley floor now only carvings in the beautiful and stark landscape. In awe of the slow but behemoth power of water, I pondered what mark I could possibly leave here. Perhaps, helping one woman at a time to reach her goals, is enough to leave a lasting impact in a community over time.
A few weeks ago, I was working at a high-volume abortion clinic and was handed a chart for a 32-year-old woman, Alice*, with a history of one previous miscarriage and a previous medication abortion, who was here for an abortion at 13 weeks’ gestational age. Nothing in her history or intake stood out to me or the staff. She was very pleasant and chatty, with blonde hair tied back in a ponytail and nails bitten down to the quick. As we started the exam, she became increasingly anxious and jittery. Continue reading
On June 1st, 2017, a team of CREATE graduates presented a poster at the Rodnick Colloquium on the ‘Race and Reproductive Justice’ workshop held in 2016. This piece has been abbreviated for purposes of publishing in the Beyond Training Blog. For the original version, including citations, click here. Continue reading
This past February, I spent a whirlwind month as a visiting scholar at the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care. The four-week elective in Washington DC solidified my interest in research; my one day of lobbying reinforced my commitment to advocacy.
Each spring, TEACH partners with Physicians for Reproductive Health (PRH) to sponsor a legislative lobby day in Sacramento. Our aim is to engage members of our community in local advocacy and state politics. In March 2015, we lobbied to repeal California’s Maximum Family Grant (MFG) Rule. In preparation for the coming lobby day on April 7, 2017, Shannon reflects back on our 2015 success.