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March Updates

Thank you!

Dear Network members,

There is no question that the events of the last few weeks and days are taking a toll on mental and physical health for everyone. To the clinicians we have the honor, privilege, and joy of working with – thank you. Thank you for your selflessness and determination. Thank you for your dedication to your patients and community while navigating the personal and professional stresses of being a health care provider during this public health crisis.

Whether testing for COVID-19, ensuring folks in isolation have the medication they rely on, working in public health departments, or providing abortion care to those who need it, we know that you have stepped up during this pandemic.

We want to acknowledge the unbelievably hard work and personal sacrifice this asks of clinicians and thank you for your tireless work always, but especially for providing the full spectrum of essential care to those in need during the crisis. We at RHAP want to support you in any way we can; please do not hesitate to reach out if you need assistance, time, or just a support system.

If you are interested in hosting a virtual Network event (especially just a community building session to talk about how everyone is coping!) please email National Organizer Laura Riker at laura@reproductiveaccess.org.

In virtual support & solidarity,

Dalia Brahmi, MD, MPH
Regional Clinical Network Leader

Hailey Broughton-Jones, BA
Organizer

Laura Riker, MSSW
National Organizer

Lily Trotta, BS
Organizing Associate

Linda Prine, MD
Medical Director

Silpa Srinivasulu, MPH
Research and Evaluation Manager

January Updates

Our Network Team is Growing!

We are excited to announce fantastic new additions to our Network Team. Dalia Brahmi, MD, MPH is joining us as our Regional Clinical Network Leader. Dalia, current North Carolina American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Liaison, will be the mentor for our Southern state AAFP advocacy efforts. She will be working with AAFP liaisons in the Florida, Georgia, and Virginia Clusters. She will also provide mentorship and peer support for AAFP liaisons in the Colorado Cluster and Louisiana as it evolves towards becoming a Cluster. As the Regional Clinical Network Leader, Dalia will be working closely with Medical Director Linda Prine, MD on AAFP administrative advocacy efforts. We are thrilled to have Dalia join our team and provide her expertise in strategic organizing and leadership development!

Lily Trotta B.S. (pictured on the right) has joined us as an Organizing Associate, providing needed support to our growing national network of clinician activists. Lily earned her B.S. in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, where she also minored in Creative Writing. Her introduction to advocacy was sparked by her time in the service industry, where rampant issues of discrimination and harassment based on gender, sexuality, race, and immigration status prompted a desire to inform and represent her peers in a more effective way. Coming from a background in event booking and customer service, Lily hit the ground running providing excellent support to the Reproductive Health Access Network.

Silpa Srinivasulu, MPH (pictured on the left) is a public health researcher and practitioner who focuses on sexual and reproductive health and rights. Silpa joins RHAP as its Research and Evaluation Manager. 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.

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.

RHAP worked closely with Silpa in her former role at the Institute for Family Health and we are thrilled to have her as an official RHAP staff member. As our Research and Evaluation Manager she will be leading efforts to evaluate and strengthen the impact of our organizational initiatives, including our Reproductive Health Access Network!

Research Survey | Columbia Law School Project on Religious Hospitals

We are sharing this survey on behalf of The Law, Rights, and Religion Project (LRRP) at Columbia Law School, where researchers want to hear from medical providers about how religion impacts patient care, especially at non-Catholic religious institutions. The LRRP has produced groundbreaking reports on religion and health care, including the disproportionate impact of Catholic health care restrictions on women of color. LRRP is now conducting research on religious restrictions, such as bans on the provision of certain reproductive health care services, at Protestant-affiliated hospitals.

They are also interested in hearing from providers who have observed instances of religion impacting the provision of health care—such as denials of care, anti-LGBTQ discrimination, or proselytizing—both by individual providers or institutions, including in secular and public funding facilities. You do not need to provide your name or the name of the institutions(s) where you’ve worked or trained in order to participate in this survey. If you indicate that you’re willing to participate in a follow-up phone interview, researchers may contact you with the information you provide. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Amy Littlefield at littlefield.amy@gmail.com

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