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Focus Group: Midwives and Nurses

Focus Group: Midwives and Nurses

On March 1, Midwest Access Project convened a focus group of students and providers from the nursing and advanced practice clinician community. The discussion was facilitated by MAP board member Stephanie Tillman, CNM, MSN, Certified Nurse Midwife.  MAP hoped to learn about the community’s access, barriers, and need for sexual and reproductive health (SRH) training.

The group universally agreed that their SRH education and clinical training was deficient, biased, or nonexistent. One participant had no SRH content and was told, “we’re here for the babies.” This failure to train means many Family Nurse Practitioners are unsafe to provide any kind of women’s health care. One participant had ½ of 1 semester on women’s health, and the content was predominantly labor and child development.  She doesn’t remember ever discussing birth control during her education.

The group shared perspectives about barriers to training created by employer health care institutions and how that impacts patient care.

Focus group participants brainstormed many training needs and strategies to lower barriers to training. Examples include: training on how to provide patient centered care, how to deliver all-options contraception counseling, values clarification, methods of birth control, information and referral options for abortion care, and post-abortion care.  Networking opportunities to share resources in safe places was identified as a critical need as well.

Midwest Access Project appreciates the time our participants shared with us. MAP plans to incorporate the lessons learned into future programming for the nursing/advance practice clinician community.

 

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Join Us at the Conference on Adolescent Health

Part of the mission of the Midwest Access Project is to participate in provider and community education, and we’re thrilled to be doing just that at the fifth annual Conference on Adolescent Health, hosted by the University of Michigan Health System Adolescent Health Initiative.

The conference aims to translate research into practice for those who work with adolescents in a health care capacity, including (but not limited to) physicians, nurses, social workers, registered dietitians, health educators, and public health professionals.

Our session is called “Barriers to Abortion Access for Teens,” which we’re proud to co-present with the ACLU of Illinois, the Texas-based Jane’s Due Process, and the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH).

The 2018 Conference on Adolescent Health will be held April 23 and 24 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Our session is at 1:45 on April 23. Registration is open now.

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Published Assessment of Our Training Model

Published Assessment of Our Training Model

Update: On Feb. 6, WBEZ 91.5 interviewed MAP’s co-founder, Dr. Debra Stulberg, and mentioned the Contraception article. Listen to the radio interview and read the article on WBEZ’s site.

The January 2018 edition of Contraception, an international reproductive health journal, includes an article detailing the effectiveness of the Midwest Access Project training model. The piece shares the results of a follow-up survey of medical students, residents, and practicing clinicians who participated in MAP individual clinical training. In brief, the survey shows that a majority of alumni have gone on to provide full scope contraception and pregnancy options counseling, and more than half provide abortion care in their communities. Email ljohnson@midwestaccessproject.org to obtain a copy of the article.

This is an important milestone for the Midwest Access Project, since Contraception is a prestigious, peer-reviewed academic journal.

Want to help us spread the news? Here’s something to share on Twitter—and please follow us @MWAccessProject, too!

Tweet this: As published in @ContraceptionJL, @MWAccessProject’s innovative training program improved trainees’ preparation and increased their commitment to provide abortion care, providing reproductive health care services where they wouldn’t have otherwise existed. https://ctt.ec/d4YdO+

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Jane: An Abortion Service – Film and Panel Discussion

Jane: An Abortion Service – Film and Panel Discussion

Join Midwest Access Project and the University of Chicago Film Studies Center on March 1, 2018 for a free public documentary screening and discussion. The film, “Jane: An Abortion Service,” tells the story of the underground women’s network in Chicago that provided abortions from 1969 to 1973 when it was illegal in Illinois and most other states. Learn more about Jane in this recent “All Things Considered” piece.

A MAP trainee alumni will participate in a post-screening panel discussion about the film and the current state of reproductive health and rights. The March 1 event will be held at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., at 7:00 p.m. with doors openings 30 minutes in advance. Seating is first come, first served; no RSVPs are taken. Get more event details at the University of Chicago Film Studies Center website.

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Provider & Community Education

Provider & Community Education

The Midwest Access Project’s Provider & Community Education initiative offers education and didactic sessions on women’s reproductive healthcare to community groups, students, residents, advance practice clinicians, and providers in order to increase knowledge of comprehensive reproductive healthcare. Lectures and workshops on women’s health, civil rights and liberties, community health, and adolescent health and education are given at medical schools, national and local conferences, and local community events.

Learn more about MAP’s Provider & Community Education initiatives.

 


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Regional Collaboration

Regional Collaboration

The Midwest Access Project’s Regional Collaboration initiatives are designed to expand availability and access to reproductive health clinical training and education within the Midwest, through advocacy and networking of reproductive health trainers and educational organizations. MAP uses a newsletter to share knowledge and disseminate resources to healthcare providers, trainers, trainees, and community members. Subscribe to MAP Mail today!

Learn more about MAP’s Regional Collaboration initiatives.

 


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