Great progress has been made in expanding gay rights in part as a result of individual gay people "coming out" and talking to their close acquaintances about the fact that they are gay. This has reduced stigma and ultimately increased support for gay marriage. It is possible that a similar culture change strategy may be promising with abortion. This grant would enable Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), a program of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), to test a model for reducing abortion stigma by supporting women in telling their stories about abortion and documenting the impact on speaker and listener. The project will involve a discussion in women's book clubs of a book that includes stories from women who have had abortions, births and miscarriages. Attitudes will be measured before and after the sessions via online surveys, and in-depth interviews of selected participants will be used to evaluate the impact of the project on participants and particularly its impact on abortion stigma and political views about abortion.
About the Grantee
The Regents of the University of California, San Francisco c/o Office of Sponsored Research 490 Illinois Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA, 94143-0000, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for support of the 2014 Global Conference on Social Franchising for Health
The Global Health Group at the University of California at San Francisco conducts research on the provision of health services around the world, with a particular focus on the extent and quality of health services provided by the private sector. This grant to the Global Health Group would support the 2nd conference on best practices for social franchising in health in October 2014 in the Philippines. Health social franchise programs use a commercial franchise model to improve access to and the quality of public health services in privately-run, and increasingly government, health clinics – many of which specialize in reproductive health. This conference in the Philippines will target 170 implementers, donors, policy-makers, and academics and feature successful practices in health financing, performance measurement, use of technology and ways to strengthen links to the public health system.
for advancing equity in research, education, and clinical care activities for the Bixby Center
for a study on contraception in community colleges in Texas and California
This grant will support a research project that is assessing an intervention to improve access to contraceptive services for young women attending community college in Texas. The project will explore how access to contraceptive services and prevention of unintended pregnancy can improve young women’s confidence in achieving their educational and career aspirations and support them to complete their degree on time and successfully enter the paid labor force. (Substrategy: Economic Opportunity)