The Reproductive Health Access Network is a national movement of primary care clinicians. Through peer support, leadership development, professional organizing, and clinical training, the Network builds power among primary care clinicians to expand sexual and reproductive health care advocacy and provision across the United States.
The Network pulls together over 7,000 primary care clinicians from all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and Canada to come together virtually and in person to engage in advocacy, clinical training, and peer support. We organize nationally, through online listservs and in-person meetings at national and regional conferences and locally/statewide through the Cluster structure. The Network is open to any and all primary care clinicians, including, but not limited to: family physicians and residents, internal medicine physicians, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, physician assistants, adolescent medicine and pediatrics, advanced practice clinicians, nurses, and others.
Much of the Network’s core organizing work is done through our local networks, called Clusters. These state-based groups meet two to four times a year and are led by clinicians from their respective communities. The Clusters aim to:
- Build connections among primary care clinicians living in the same area, and create spaces for peer-to-peer support, clinical discussion, and training.
- Support clinicians to organize within their professional medical organizations, such as the American Academy of Family Physicians, in order to ensure that teaching and advocating for sexual and reproductive health care are organizational priorities.
- Support the integration of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion care where possible, into new sites and practices.
- Encourage clinician participation in advocacy and leadership development.
- Partner with state and local reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations to collaboratively advocate for protecting and expanding access to care, especially abortion care.
We also have three virtual national Clusters, for Internal Medicine physicians, Advanced Practice Clinicians, and Emergency Medicine clinicians.
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Maya Bass, MD, MA (she/hers)
Regional Clinical Network Leader – Northeastern/Mid-Atlantic United States
Dr. Bass currently works as an Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director in the Department of Primary Care at Cooper University with an interest in resident and medical student education, reproductive health, underserved care, wellness, chronic pain, and addiction. She is a fellow of the AAFP, Chair of the resident and medical student affairs committee for PAFP, and Regional Clinical Leader for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region for the Reproductive Health Access Project. She earned a master’s degree in Stem Cell and Developmental Biology from Wesleyan University, Connecticut. She earned her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College (now Sidney Kimmel Medical College) at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. She completed her family and community medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia. She completed her fellowship in the Leadership Training Academy through Physicians for Reproductive Health learning to be a physician advocate for Reproductive Rights and Justice. She is a certified trainer through Providers Clinical Support System and the Health Federation of Philadelphia to run trainings required to prescribe medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder as well as through the IMPACT program of ACOG to run trainings on management of early pregnancy loss. She is dedicated to providing compassionate care to stigmatized populations and to improving the overall wellness of her patients and communities. Dr. Bass supports clinician activists in RHAP’s Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island Clusters.
Dalia Brahmi, MD, MPH (she/hers)
Regional Clinical Network Leader – Southeastern United States
Dr. Brahmi is a family physician and global reproductive health specialist. Motivated to pursue medicine through her work in human rights and HIV peer education, she enjoyed caring for families at San Francisco General Hospital’s Refugee Medical Clinic during residency and conducted medical exams for survivors of torture. After pursuing specialty training in Family Planning and public health, she worked at the World Health Organization where she conducted systematic literature reviews on the safety of abortion and contraception, field tested contraceptive counseling materials for community health workers, and conducted strategic assessments to address health inequities impacting maternal mortality and scale up successful interventions with Ministries of Health, professional organizations and the communities most impacted. Dr. Brahmi has experience incorporating comprehensive reproductive health services into primary health clinics and has trained clinicians globally. As the associate medical director of Ipas, Dr. Brahmi worked to reduce maternal mortality from unsafe abortion and advocate for reproductive rights, especially for adolescents, through training, advocacy and evidence-based clinical guidelines. She currently trains residents and students at Planned Parenthood South Atlantic and teaches in the DrPH Global Health Leadership program at Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health. Dr. Brahmi recently joined VaxCare as Senior Medical Director where she facilitates increased access to vaccines and contraception. Dr. Brahmi is active in advocacy and education efforts with the NC Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Brahmi supports clinician activists in RHAP’s Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia Clusters.
Khashae (Shae) Jackson, BA (she/hers)
Manager of Organizing & Advocacy
Shae’s interest in reproductive rights and abortion access began to flourish after her own activism while attending Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. She has lobbied for the passing of the Each Woman Act and created campus events that centered on storytelling and anecdotal activism to de-stigmatize abortion. After earning her B.A. in Sociology and Comparative Women’s Studies, Shae worked for an independent abortion clinic for three years as the Front Desk Supervisor and cross-trained as a Health Educator. During her time, she provided compassionate counseling on sexual health, logistical support to seven other departments in the clinic, and influenced a more equitable environment for LGBTQ+ patients. Shae joined RHAP as their new Associate and has taken on the role as Manager of Organizing and Advocacy in hopes to further dismantle stigma on sexual/reproductive health and increase knowledge of abortion care. You can find Shae leading the Network Team and RHAP’s organizing efforts or managing her flourishing business that offers Abortion Guides, KEJ Services.
Madison Pettaway, BA (any pronouns)
Organizing and Advocacy Associate
Madison recently earned their B.A. in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also minored in Africana Studies. At Penn, Madison completed coursework to explore a wide array of topics regarding gender, sexuality, race, and social inequalities. Outside of the classroom, they co-coordinated Civic House’s Community Engagement Program, served as a Penn Anti-Violence Educator with Penn Violence Prevention, and worked closely with the Penn Women’s Center. Madison’s passion for reproductive justice (RJ) was sparked in 2018 when Serena Williams shared her nearly fatal birth experience and prompted a national conversation about Black maternal health in the US. Moved by the intersectional and all-encompassing nature of RJ’s framework, Madison sought out any opportunity to further their knowledge and experience in RJ! In 2019, she completed a Collective Rising Internship (formerly known as the Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps) with Black Mamas Matter Alliance, which solidified Madison’s desire to make fighting for reproductive liberation the focus of their life and career pursuits. Before coming to RHAP in 2022, Madison worked at NARAL Pro-Choice America as an Organizing Intern with the Distributed Team. As someone who’s acutely aware of how those with marginalized identities face especially tough barriers and frustrations in accessing high-quality healthcare, she’s beyond passionate about RHAP’s mission and excited to join this work!
Laura Riker, MSSW (she/they)
Director of Organizing & Advocacy
As the Director of Organizing & Advocacy, Laura manages the external and internal operations of the Network, ensuring that the program is running smoothly and meeting its goals. She also oversees the Network team and is involved with the external-facing activities of the organization.
Laura has been with RHAP since 2014. Their interest in reproductive justice began as a Woman’s Studies major during their undergraduate years at Vassar College, where she interned at Planned Parenthood. She later volunteered as a counselor for Exhale’s after-abortion talkline, and after completing an internship at a large community health center, she decided to focus on reproductive health advocacy. Laura has previously worked in interpersonal violence prevention and alternatives to incarceration programs. They received their Master of Social Work from Columbia University, specializing in Social Enterprise Administration & Management.
Catherine Romanos, MD, FAAFP (she/her)
Regional Clinical Network Leader – Midwestern United States
Dr. Romanos received her undergraduate degree from New York University in Spanish literature and her medical degree from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Romanos completed a residency in family medicine at the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency Program in Lawrence, MA. Like many of her fellow Regional Clinical Network Leaders (RCLs), she completed her fellowship in the Leadership Training Academy through Physicians for Reproductive Health, where she honed her skills as a physician advocate for reproductive rights and justice. Dr. Romanos has been a member of the Network for over 10 years and she works as an abortion provider throughout the state of Ohio. She is an Ohio Academy of Family Physicians board member, member constituency alternate delegate to the AAFP’s Congress of Delegates, women’s constituency co-convener for the 2022 National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL), and former president of the Central Ohio AFP chapter. She also enjoys teaching OBGYN and family medicine residents and students about reproductive health, physician advocacy, and reproductive justice. Dr. Romanos supports clinician activists in RHAP’s Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio Clusters.
Silpa Srinivasulu, MPH (she/hers)
Director of Programs and Evaluation | National Fellowship Director
Silpa Srinivasulu, MPH is a public health researcher and practitioner with a focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights. She previously worked as a Program Manager with the Institute for Family Health where she managed the Hands-on Reproductive Training (HaRT) Center, a project to increase the availability of comprehensive family planning services in New York City. While in graduate school, she participated in community-based participatory research to explore the experiences of patients and primary care providers in asking and responding to pregnancy intention screening questions. Her work has been published in a range of scientific journals including Contraception, Family Practice, Women’s Health Issues, and Progress in Community Health Partnerships. Silpa served as a Community Health Specialist with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic where she trained and mentored networks of community health promoters providing primary care and sexual education to families, schools, and youth. She is committed to incorporating a reproductive justice framework into her work, to ensure all people have access to high-quality and dignified sexual and reproductive health education, services, and care. Silpa earned her MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, with a certificate in Public Health Research Methods.
About the Reproductive Health Access Project:
The Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP) is a national nonprofit organization that trains, supports, and mobilizes primary care clinicians to ensure equitable access to sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion. By centering communities most impacted by barriers to care, RHAP fills critical gaps in clinical education and care delivery.