Provider and Community Education

MAP’s Provider & Community Education program offers workshops and didactic sessions to increase knowledge and skills about comprehensive reproductive health care. The program introduces audiences to new information, clinical skills, and hands-on experiences that spark interest for participants starting clinical careers and create future advocates for reproductive health care.


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Photograph: Mark Makela/The Guardian

MAP is committed to providing online education that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. Each live webinar MAP hosts will include automatic captioning provided by Zoom. We are continually seeking solutions that will bring all areas of our online education to the same level of overall web accessibility, and MAP welcomes your suggestions. If you have difficulty participating in a webinar based on accessibility needs, please email MAP at info@midwestaccessproject.org.

Examples of workshop topics include:

patient-centered, all options pregnancy counseling for adults and adolescents

insertion and removal of Long-acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC) devices

gender affirming reproductive health care

using telehealth care models in reproductive health

counseling youth and youth advocates about the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act

regional disparities in abortion care and the impact on patients and providers

office based management of early pregnancy loss

medication abortion

introduction to abortion care

Upcoming Workshops

MAP’s Workshops are Taking a Summer Vacation!

Check back in to learn about MAP’s fall workshop schedule.

Recent Workshops

“Self-Managed Abortion Out Loud”

featuring Dr. April Lockley

This online,  live workshop defined self-managed abortion, the myths that surround it, and the activism to decriminalize it. Participants learned how Dr. Lockley helps take care of people who are self-managing their abortions outside of the healthcare system. The workshop was open to all healthcare professionals committed to patient-centered reproductive health care. Dr. Lockley is a family medicine physician currently living in Harlem, NY. She chose family medicine as a specialty because as Audre Lorde said “there is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives” and family medicine allows one to look at the intersections of people’s lives and how they affect their health. She currently works for Public Health Solutions’ Sexual and Reproductive Health Centers in Brooklyn as their medical director, providing primary care and reproductive health care services, and as an abortion provider throughout the New York region.

“Introduction to No-Scalpel Vasectomy”

featuring Dr. Grace Shih, assisted by Dr. Christie Miles

This online interactive workshop covered patient screening, counseling, preparation for vasectomy, procedure techniques, and post-operative care.  Participants received a vasectomy kit prior to the event,  which will include gauze, tubing, and vasectomy forceps. The workshop included a hands on simulation activity using the kit, and was open to OB GYN and Family Medicine residents.

Miscarriage Management

featuring Kristie Monast, M.Ed. (she/her)

This session covered the basics of miscarriage management including statistics of early pregnancy loss (EPL), terminology, types of procedures used for miscarriage management, and how to support patients through EPL.  This workshop is best suited for new learners or those new to the topic of miscarriage management. About the presenter: Kristie Monast is a long-time member of the Midwest Access Project family, having previously served as MAP’s Executive Director and Program Director and now an educator in our speaker’s bureau. Kristie began her career as a medical technologist and after earning a Master of Science in Human Sexuality Education from the University of Pennsylvania has continuously worked with the intersection of sexuality education and health care provision. Her experiences include training medical assistants, managing a Planned Parenthood clinic, coordinating a clinical based program for adolescent parents, and with Midwest Access Project overseeing the reproductive health clinical training rotations of over 200 clinicians. Kristie started KM Consulting & Training in 2020 to carry out her dream job of making comprehensive sexuality education and quality sexual and reproductive healthcare available and accessible for everyone.

Contraception Options Counseling for Adolescent Patients

featuring Dr. Rebekah Fenton (she/her) and Dr. Virginia Byron (she/her) 

This online workshop discussed contraceptive options counseling for adolescent patient populations through a reproductive justice lens. The presention defined reproductive justice and the history of the movement, and applied that knowledge to present-day clinical interactions, ending with a question-and-answer portion.  This workshop is ideal for those working with or planning to work with adolescents. About the presenters: Drs. Rebekah Fenton and Virginia Byron are both board-certified pediatricians and adolescent health experts. Dr. Fenton is a second-year adolescent medicine fellow at Lurie Children’s of Chicago. Dr. Byron is an incoming first-year adolescent medicine fellow at Columbia University. 

Care For Every Body: Integrating Gender Inclusive Practices for the Benefit of All Clients”

featuring Ray Rachlin of Refuge Midwifery

MAP hosted this workshop in November 2020. MAP received close to 100 registrants from 7 countries, which speaks to the need for this important discussion. The presenter shared research showing that transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming patients are more likely to select a midwife for reproductive care. Thus, workshops like this are vital to our midwifery and advance practice clinician (APC) communities. Ray guided participants through common language trans people use to describe their gender and body parts, barriers to care for transgender people including discrimination in healthcare settings, specific open-ended questions to elicit necessary information without stigmatizing or judging the patient, and what to keep in mind while providing different areas of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care including, STI testing and treatment, abortion, options counseling, and more. The biggest takeaway message was clear: patient-centered care is at the heart of quality healthcare, not only for trans patients, but for all patients. This looks like providers encouraging patients to make informed decisions and be active in their own care.

Patient Centered Options Counseling”

featuring Amaryllis Hagar, Nurse Practitioner and Midwife

MAP hosted this workshop in December 2020. All options counseling is a key component to abortion care. This introductory workshop covered pregnancy options, information on contraceptive methods and guidelines for contraceptive use, and inclusive, accessible, patient-centered counseling skills. Amaryllis Hager (she/her) believes passionately that all people deserve unbiased and evidence-based reproductive health care in an environment that feels safe. Through the philosophy of shared and informed decision-making, reproductive justice and trauma-informed care, Amaryllis partners with her patients to provide judgment-free, personalized, patient-centered care, without her own agenda. Amaryllis identifies as queer and is committed to serving the LGBTQI+ and gender diverse community, including provision of gender-affirming hormones and reducing barriers to care. Her care is sex-positive, empowering, kink and poly-friendly, fat-positive, free of assumptions and supports harm reduction. 

Contraception and Abortion Care”

featuring MAP Training Alum Dr. Tabatha Wells

In February 2021, Dr. Wells presented this workshop for the American Medical Student Association’s (AMSA) Sexual Health Leadership Course. The workshop discussed ontraceptive methods, abortion care, and patient-centered counseling for both contraception and pregnancy options. Dr. Wells led AMSA’s large group of students through an interactive discussion about the content and practice the skills taught throughout the 2-hour online workshop.

Person-Centered All Options Pregnancy Counseling for Adults and Youth”

featuring MAP Program Director Ren Grabert, M.Ed.

In conjunction with EverThrive Illinois, MAP’s Program Director Ren Grabert trained team members of local school based health centers on person-centered, all options pregnancy counseling. This online workshop is a follow-up to a patient-centered contraceptive counseling training provided to the same group in 2019. The workshop covered adoption, abortion, and carrying to term, preliminary calculation of gestational age, and legal and logistical considerations, especially for adolescents. The group completed a values clarification activity to help attendees better understand their personal values around pregnancy options and how to navigate their values when offering patient-centered counseling.

Insertion and Removal of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception”

featuring MAP Speakers Bureau Member Rachel Newhouse, CNM

In partnership with EverThrive Illinois, Rachel Newhouse, CNM provided an in-depth training in February 2021 for team members of local school based health centers on Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs), such as IUDs and contraceptive implants, and their insertion and removal procedures. Topics included the types of LARCs available, how LARCs work, pros and cons of choosing LARCs, patient-centered LARC counseling, and step by step instruction of insertion and removal procedures.

Participant Testimonials

“Very informative workshop. I learned new things today about counseling adolescents in contraception. Thank you”

I was especially excited to attend this training when I heard [who the speaker was.] She is by far the best provider I have ever had in my life and one of the most compassionate and knowledgeable colleagues. Thank you for putting on this training!