Spring/Summer Clinical Trainings

Spring/Summer Clinical Trainings

The Midwest Access Project is pleased to share opportunities for local clinical trainings focused on contraception.

1. National Clinical Training Center for Family Planning is hosting free LARC trainings in Chicago on June 21 and 22. Training topics include Nexplanon, IUD Placement Basics, and LARC Challenging Cases. Choose the training sessions (PDF) that best fit your schedule. Complete this brief survey to attend.

2. Stroger Hospital’s Division of Family Planning is hosting “Top Tier Methods of Contraception Training.” The event will be held Friday, June 22 on the Odyssey Chicago, which is docked at historic Navy Pier, and will remain dockside during the training from 7:30am to 3pm. Didactic and hands-on training will be offered. At 3pm, the Odyssey will set out on a networking cruise, allowing guests to mix and mingle with fellow trainees and the trainers, while enjoying breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline and beautiful Lake Michigan. Register here.

3. Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative is hosting “Immediate Postpartum LARC Training” workshops in Springfield (May 31) and Chicago (July 30). The trainings are presented by ACOG Postpartum Contraceptives Access Initiative, and are open to all nurses, providers, and lactation consultants. Topics include: Capacity-Building Overview & Background, Contraceptive Counseling for the Postpartum Period, and Nurses & Lactation Consultation. Information and registration are available here.

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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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Individual Clinical Training

Individual Clinical Training

The Midwest Access Project offers Individual Clinical Training using an innovative approach that addresses the clinical, legal, and public health aspects of reproductive health. Through a network of providers in and around Chicago, MAP works with medical students, residents, and practicing clinicians to provide comprehensive reproductive health training. MAP’s established training program can incorporate any of the following services: early aspiration abortion, medical abortion, pregnancy options counseling, pelvic contraception, ultrasound, and STI/HIV testing and care.

Learn more about MAP’s Individual Clinical Training.

APPLY NOW: Training Rotation Application Form (PDF)
Download and fill out the form linked above. Email the PDF to kmonast@midwestaccessproject.org as an attachment with MAP Training Rotation Application in the subject line.


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On #GivingTuesday, Expand Reproductive Health with MAP

Donate to MAP

November 28, 2017 is Giving Tuesday. After Thanksgiving and the shopping-heavy weekend that follows, #GivingTuesday is a worldwide movement to encourage people to donate their time and money to causes they hold dear.

If you don’t know us well, the Midwest Access Project works to expand access to reproductive health care. We train health care providers and educate the public about a full spectrum of reproductive health issues: abortion care, contraception, and pregnancy options counseling. We’re based in Chicago, though we work in urban and rural areas across the region.

In 2017 the Midwest Access Project celebrates our 10th anniversary, and over the past decade we’ve made great strides. We have trained 185 providers, many of whom have gone on to become reproductive justice leaders in addition to providing compassionate, evidence-based health care.

Your $25 gift on Giving Tuesday will help the Midwest Access Project look forward to the next 10 years. Join the effort to fill gaps in medical education and reduce barriers to care. We deeply value every donation. Will you donate $25 today?

Thank you in advance for your support of reproductive health!

P.S. If you’re on Twitter, will you share a message about your support of MAP on #GivingTuesday? Click here for a sample tweet that you can customize. Want to invite a friend to donate? Here’s a sample direct message: “Thank you for participating in #GivingTuesday and supporting @MWAccessProject with your $25 gift. Make your donation here: http://midwestaccessproject.org/giving-tuesday-2017/”

Network Gathering

Network Gathering

Are you a reproductive health provider?

Are you interested in integrating reproductive healthcare into your practice?

Want to learn more about receiving or providing reproductive healthcare training?

Join us October 6th to discuss current trends, build support, and network!

Mark your calendars: Friday, October 6th from 6:30 to 8:30pm, medical students, residents, and faculty from 12 Midwest states will gather around family medicine and primary care topics at the Annual Family Medicine Midwest Conference in Rosemont, Illinois.

The Midwest Access Project, Reproductive Health Access Project, and RHEDI, invite you to join us for a networking event of the Reproductive Health Access Network. Pro-choice clinicians from across the Midwest will come together to network, swap stories, and discuss the challenges and successes of our work! This evening meeting will take in the conference hotel. RSVP for more details.

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded colleagues from different places, build strong relationships, and ensure that we continue to support each other as a community of pro-choice reproductive health care providers in these challenging times!

Food and drinks will be served. Please feel free to pass this RSVP page on to your pro-choice residents, colleagues, students, and allies. Exact location will be sent out as the event approaches.

RSVP: Submit your RSVP here.



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YOU’RE INVITED: Friday, Oct. 18th | MAP Presents AFTER TILLER Premiere Screening

Friday, Oct. 18th: The Midwest Access Project (MAP) presents the Music Box Theatre’s opening night of AFTER TILLER, an award-winning documentary on the controversial subject of third-trimester abortions and the four remaining providers who continued practicing in the wake of Dr. George Tiller’s 2009 assassination.

Tickets to Friday’s 7pm showing include access to a MAP-hosted post-screening panel discussion on the issue of providers in abortion care.

Tickets to this special screening are $10 and include the discussion. 
Purchase your tickets today! 

After Tiller (Clip) from ro*co films on Vimeo.

AFTER TILLER | 2013 | Directed by Martha Shane & Lana Wilson

AFTER TILLER intimately explores the highly controversial subject of third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George Tiller. The procedure is now performed by only four doctors in the United States, all former colleagues of Dr. Tiller, who risk their lives every day in the name of their unwavering commitment toward their patients.

Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in May 2009, there are only four American doctors left who openly provide third-trimester abortions. AFTER TILLER paints a complex, compassionate portrait of these physicians—Dr. LeRoy Carhart, Dr. Warren Hern, Dr. Susan Robinson and Dr. Shelley Sella—who have become the new number-one targets of the anti-abortion movement, yet continue to risk their lives every day to do work that many believe is murder, but which they believe is profoundly important for their patients’ lives. The film weaves together revealing, in-depth interviews with the doctors with intimate vérité scenes from their lives and inside their clinics, where they counsel and care for their anxious, vulnerable patients at an important crossroads in their lives. By sharing the moving stories of several of these patients, AFTER TILLER illuminates the experiences of women who seek late abortions and the reasons why they do so.
For more information on the film and the people who made it possible, visit the official AFTER TILLER website: www.aftertillermovie.com
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