Women’s Health a Sought-After Resource in Reproductive Healthcare Research

by Susan B. Levy, Executive Director, Boulder Valley Women’s Health

Many of you have heard about Women’s Health’s pivotal role in piloting the Colorado Family Planning Initiative and the important data gathered in order

to prove the impressive outcomes achieved–a 48% reduction in teen births and abortion rates statewide.

But you might not know that Women’s Health, seen as a leader in our industry, is often called upon to offer our expertise through participation in studies and data gathering, and provide input on initiatives. Some studies we’ve been asked to participate in just this year include:

Barriers to Using Insurance Coverage for Abortion Care

The University of California-San Francisco is conducting a study to identify the challenges women face when attempting to use their private or public insurance to pay for abortion care. Women’s Health is participating by contributing to a pool of data from abortion providers across the country which will be used by researchers to identify and analyze trends. Results can then be used for advocacy and/or litigation aimed at removing those barriers.

Impact of Health System Changes Resulting from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Title X Family Planning Services

The federal Office of Population Affairs is studying Title X providers’ ability to contract with Medicaid and other health plans—identifying successes and barriers commonly encountered— and the ability to bill third parties for services rendered while still maintaining patient con dentiality. Women’s Health participated during a day-long site visit where the OPA interviewed a number of staff members and conducted a focus group with our SHAPErs (teen peer educators) about con dentiality issues and concerns.

Assessment of IUD Utilization and Provider Attitudes towards Contraceptive Access in Public Sector Health Clinics

Medicines360 is a global nonprofit women’s health pharmaceutical company with a mission to expand access to medicines for women regardless of socioeconomic status, insurance coverage or geographic location. Women’s Health is sharing data with Medicines360 regarding the demographics of our patient population that selected an IUD for birth control, in order to determine barriers and how best to expand access to reproductive health care products for women.

Impact of Abortion Stigma on Abortion Service Leaders

University of Michigan College of Medicine is studying abortion stigma in an effort to identify best practices for mitigating anti-abortion stigma on healthcare systems and procedures, and to create recommendations for increasing organizational resilience. Women’s Health participated via an extended telephone interview with researchers.

Women’s Health is proud to be sought out as an expert in reproductive healthcare and viewed as a trend-setter within the professional community.Data collected by this research informs advocacy, funding, and best practices in our area of expertise and we are pleased to be asked to contribute. It can only result in improvements that bene t both our practice and our patients.