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The Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research at the University of Chicago is committed to helping women and girls reach their full potential by bringing a life-course perspective to reproductive health.
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We conduct clinical and social science research to improve the reproductive health of women and adolescents. Our current clinical trial is an investigational study of estrogen-free birth control and we are looking for volunteers. see more >
The Section is proud to provide comprehensive family planning services through our clinics. see more >
Through our policy program, we advocate for policies that reduce disparities and improve the health of families by guiding research priorities and making research findings accessible. see more >
Through our education program, we help individuals and communities achieve sexual and reproductive health. see more >
Job Opportunity: We are looking for a Research Specialist 2 to collaboratively work in the development and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative research across the Section and Ci3. A complete job description is here (Requisition #096587).
Job Opportunity: We are looking for a Research Specialist 1 to provide technical and administrative support across the Section and Ci3. For more information and a complete job description, click here (Requisition #095844).
The Section and Ci3 have developed an online toolkit to optimize the delivery of IUD Care. The website provides a set of tools that clinical staff, healthcare providers, and administrators can use to identify and address system-level barriers to uptake of the IUD by clinic patients. Click here to view the toolkit, our study, and guidelines for future provider implementation.
Parent-Daughter Communication About Abortion Among Nonpregnant African-American Adolescent Females
A new publication by former family planning fellow Dr. Katherine Sisco and Section Chief Dr. Melissa Gilliam found that sexually active adolescents rarely talk to their parents about abortion. Rather than forcing communication after an unwanted pregnancy, policies should promote parent-daughter communication before it occurs.
Factors Influencing Parental Involvement Among Minors Seeking an Abortion
This qualitative study found that pregnant teens turn to parents and adults who are engaged in their life and offer support, regardless of her pregnancy decision.
Digital Media and Sexually Transmitted Infections
Authors Dr. Melissa Gilliam, Dr. Julie Chor, and Dr. Brandon Hill review the recent literature and discuss the potential role of technology in reducing risk and encouraging health-seeking behaviors.
A Systematic Approach to Improving Intrauterine Device Services in Family Planning Clinics
Dr. Melissa Gilliam's research, published in Contraception, applies a process called Failure Modes Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) to evaluate clinic care. To improve IUD delivery, an FMECA was implemented in three Title X clinics and revealed that the areas most in need of improvement and redesign were the scheduling and intake process and the lack of time for counseling.
Doula support during first trimester surgical abortion
Section faculty Dr. Julie Chor published new research on expanding the role of doulas into abortion care. Although this study found no measurable effect on pain or satisfaction, women overwhelmingly recommended doula support for routine care.
Impact of a revised appointment scheduling script on IUD service delivery in three Title X family planning clinics
Research conducted by Dr. Melissa Gilliam and staff shows that a simple IUD appointment scheduling script with clear communication improves LARC uptake.
Development and Testing of an iOS Waiting Room "App" for Contraceptive Counseling in a Title X Family Planning Clinic
A new publication by Section chief Dr. Melissa Gilliam and staff in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology discusses a quality improvement study that evaluated IUD service delivery.