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.


Papayas sit alongside instruments.
Photograph: Mark Makela/The Guardian

MAP’s Provider & Community Education educates medical residents and students, advanced practice clinicians, health care providers and community groups. Lectures and workshops are presented at medical schools, nursing schools, clinical sites, national and local conferences, and local community events.  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

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

“Insertion and Removal of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

featuring MAP Speakers Bureau Member Rachel Newhouse, CNM

Thursday, February 25 / In conjunction with EverThrive Illinois, Rachel Newhouse, CNM will provide an in-depth training 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 covered will include 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. This workshop is not open to the public. 

Recent Workshops

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. 

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!