The next Bixby Meeting will be held on Monday, November 7, 11 am – noon, Bixby Center, 17 University Hall (ground level). Please mark your calendars.
We will have a special presentation, Re-Reframing Family Planning: Matching Donor Interest, Politics and the Real World, on how to address real world needs with available funding and existing political sensitivities to design family planning programs. We will first lay out some current arguments on these domains, and then brainstorm to identify creative approaches to address the issues. Presenter: Nuriye Hodoglugil, Sr. Reproductive Health Technical Advisor, Jhpiego.
The Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability funds graduate student summer internships and dissertation research in the areas of family planning, population and reproductive health. The principal focus of the program is on family planning issues in developing countries where population growth rates remain high and reproductive health services are poor or inaccessible. (Internships that focus solely on HIV/AIDS do not meet the criteria.)
Summer internships should be outside of the United States and must concentrate on family planning / reproductive health. Doctoral research relevant to the above topics could be conducted in the United States. The program is open to first year Master’s students and doctoral students in the School of Public Health, Demography, Anthropology, Social Welfare, Public Policy, Master of Development Practice and College of Natural Resources.
To apply, please see the details on the Bixby Summer Internship flyer, and apply by February 28, 2017!
Lauren Caton (UC Berkeley MPH student, Maternal and Child Health Program) has recently published an Op Ed on Ms. Magazine blog! The article titled, I’m Proud of Texas—But Not Our Record on Sexual and Reproductive Health discusses the reproductive health issues in the state of Texas. Click here to read Lauren’s article!
Lauren Caton is a recent graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and misses her home state dearly. She is a current Master of Public Health student at UC Berkeley in the Maternal and Child Health concentration. She hopes to return with the knowledge needed to equip women with the power to make their own reproductive health choices and advocate for policy change.
The Dharma Platform (dharmaplatform.com is a complete data management solution for individuals, agencies, and policy makers. Jesse Berns, co-founder of Dharma Platform and UC Berkeley SPH Epidemiology program alumni, will be on campus and invites any and all persons who perform data analysis, field data collection, or project management as a component of their activities, and anyone interested in health technology to come by and “play” with the Dharma Platform. Your input as test user will help Jesse and her team immensely in the launch of their off-the-shelf product.
You as a user tester will play with the web and mobile components for 10-15 minutes, then provide feedback in terms of technology intuitiveness, ease- of-use, and applicability to your current position.
Jesse Berns is a field epidemiologist and clinician with over a decade of service in complex, humanitarian emergencies. Most recently she worked as an emergency epidemiologist for Médecins Sans Frontières throughout the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America in response to conflict, disaster, and infectious disease outbreaks.
Please see the event flyer here.
Brown Bag Lunch Series: Women’s Health, Gender and Empowerment: a Multicampus Vision for the Future
Join us at a lunchtime talk with Professor Ndola Prata. She is the Director of the Bixby Center for Population, Health & Sustainability, Professor in Residence in Maternal and Child Health, and the Fred H. Bixby Endowed Chair in Population and Family Planning in the School of Public Health. Professor Prata was recently named Co-director of Center of Expertise on Women’s Health, Gender, and Empowerment at the UC Global Health Institute. Her research interests include access and financing of reproductive health, family planning and maternal health services in developing countries.
Please RSVP as soon as possible!
On October 6th, the Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law and Bixby Center at the School of Public Health had a cocktail reception and update about A Landmark case on maternal mortality in Uganda! This event was led by Noah Novogrodsky (Professor of Law and Director of International Human Rights Law, University of Wyoming, College of Law and Human Rights Center Research Fellow), Eric Stover (Director of Human Rights Center) and Ndola Prata, MD, MSc (Fred H. Bixby, Jr. Endowed Chair in Population and Family Planning, Professor in Residence, Maternal and Child Health, Director, Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability).
To view the slides that were presented by Dr. Prata, please click here for the slides on Maternal Mortality in Uganda!
Conscientious objection to abortion, clinicians’ refusal to perform legal abortions because of their religious or moral beliefs, has been the subject of increasing debate in recent years. When not practiced appropriately, it can decrease abortion access, with profound implications for women’s lives. UCB – UCSF Joint Medical Program student Laura Harris collaborated with Bixby Center Director Ndola Prata and other scholars to research conscientious objection. The group recently published two papers:
1. Conscientious objection to abortion provision: Why context matters
Conscientious objection is usually understood as an individual’s personal decision. This paper, structured as a focused literature review, argues that it is critical to frame clinician’s conscientious objection within social, political, and economic contexts – including abortion stigma. Such framing helps make sense of how clinicians choose to claim conscientious objector status, and how their behavior may at times deviate from conscientious objection policies. Understanding and accounting for context is a first step in more meaningful regulation of conscientious objection that protects conscience and ensures abortion access.(http://www.tandfonlin
2. Development of a Conceptual Model and Survey Instrument to Measure Conscientious Objection to Abortion Provision
There is little data on conscientious objection from public health literature – especially regarding how objection is understood and practiced by clinicians. This article describes how stakeholder interviews in Colombia and Ghana were used to to develop a conceptual model and survey of conscientious objection. The model posits three domains of conscientious objection that form the basis for the survey instrument: 1) beliefs about abortion and conscientious objection; 2) actions related to conscientious objection and abortion; and 3) self-identification as a conscientious objector. These domains help capture the variety of ways clinicians can embody (or not) different aspects of objector status. Each domain has distinct, important implications in determining objector status, as well as public health and policy responses to conscientious objection. The survey instrument, which is included with the article, is based on this conceptual model. It is intended to measure prevalence of conscientious objection, and to gain insight into its practice in a variety of contexts.(http://journals.plos.org/plos
We welcome feedback and further discussion about these papers. Questions can be directed to email@example.com.
Dr. Cassandra Blazer, DrPH, MPH was a doctoral student in global health at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and a Bixby Doctoral Fellow. She has nine years of experience in health promotion, specializing in operations research, health program design, and project management.
In collaboration with Bixby Director Dr. Ndola Prata, Dr. Blazer’s paper titled, Postpartum family planning: current evidence on successful interventions was successfully published in April 2016. A description of the paper is as follows:
We reviewed existing evidence of the efficacy of postpartum family planning interventions targeting women in the 12 months postpartum period in low- and middle-income countries. Overall quality of the evidence was moderate, though some strategies showed promise, including male partner involvement and integration with other service delivery platforms, such as prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and immunization. Community-based and workplace strategies need a much stronger base of evidence to prompt recommendations.
To view the pdf, please follow this link under Bixby publications page: http://bixby.berkeley.edu/publication/postpartum-family-planning-current-evidence-on-successful-interventions/
Click here to view the Publication on Dove Press!
Improving Delivery and Uptake of Family Planning Services through Supply-side Strategies
Natalie Morris, Epidemiology /Biostatistics MPH
As part of the Bixby Center’s USAID West Africa Evidence for Development project, Natalie Morris traveled to Lomé,Togo for 10 weeks to assist with the implementation and monitoring of data collection for two operations research (OR) projects. These ORs examined the impact of the USAID programs AgirPF (family planning) and PACTE-VIH (HIV/AIDS). Her primary focus was in family planning where she participated in developing the data collection tools, training data collectors, and building the data forms for the health facility and household surveys. Natalie also began a mapping component of the project in order to assess contamination by other programs within the study sample areas. For the HIV OR, Natalie contributed to the preparatory aspects of data collection and participated in conducting surveys with English-speaking female sex workers. Natalie is continuing on as a Research Assistant with the Bixby Center to participate in analyzing the data from her summer internship.
The Bixby Center funds graduate student summer internships and dissertation research in the areas of family planning, population and reproductive health. The principal focus of the program is on family planning issues in developing countries where population growth rates remain high and reproductive health services are poor or inaccessible. All are invited to come hear the students present their work.