UC San Francisco

For The Long-acting Reversible Contraception Project (LARC)

This grant would continue support for the LARC project at UCSF's Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health to reduce unintended pregnancy and the need for abortion in the United States by increasing the use of long-acting reversible contraceptive methods, such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) and the contraceptive implant, Implanon. Their use is much lower in the United States than in Europe, largely because many physicians lack up-to-date knowledge and training about IUDs and their insertion. This project aims to close this gap by training large numbers of family planning practitioners through networks such as Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation and providing them with updated information on IUDs and Implanon. The project achieved several successes in its first three years, including publications in both academic and popular media to counter myths about IUDs. Training efforts with physicians complement investments by the Foundation and other donors to address cost barriers and reach out directly to potential IUD clients. Although it is too soon to see a direct impact on the national use of IUDs from this project, the percentage of U.S. women using IUDs has already begun to rise.
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Grants to this Grantee
for support of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health  
This grant will support the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California at San Francisco, which promotes reproductive health, family planning, and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases through research, evaluation, training, and policy analysis in the United States and globally. The Bixby Center is a leader in bringing together clinical and social science research and disseminating it in forms that reach professional, policy, and lay audiences. (Strategy: U.S. Reproductive Equity)
for support of the Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health program  
This grant will support Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), a program of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California at San Francisco, to conduct rigorous, multidisciplinary research on complex issues related to people’s sexual and reproductive lives. ANSIRH’s research is designed to be utilized to inform and advance evidence-based policy, practice, and public discourse to improve reproductive well-being. (Strategy: U.S. Reproductive Equity)
for support of the post-Roe Turnaway Study project  
This grant will support the “end of Roe” study, a longitudinal, observational cohort study examining the consequences of restricting legal abortion following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The study will document the immediate consequences of this decision by determining who was turned away from abortion services after the law change and how their characteristics compare to people who were served just prior to the law change. It will follow a subset of people who are willing to participate in order to learn who was able to get an abortion and who gave birth, and the consequent impact of these pregnancy outcomes on their health, financial well-being, and families. (Strategy: U.S. Reproductive Equity)

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