Reproductive Health Disparities among Youth:
Improving Services and Ensuring Access

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Section of Family Planning & Contraceptive Research, Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, and the Urban Health Initiative at The University of Chicago hosted a one-day conference exploring youth engagement with reproductive health services. The conference examined adolescent reproductive health disparities, innovative approaches to overcoming barriers to care, and new efforts to involve and empower youth in their own care. It was co-sponsored by the Center for Health and the Social Sciences (CHeSS), the Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS), the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, and the International House Global Voices Program.


John Santelli

Keynote Speaker: John Santelli, MD, MPH
Dr. Santelli is the Harriet and Robert H Heilbrunn Professor and Chair of the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, a Senior Fellow at The Guttmacher Institute, and the president for the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.


Panel One: Understanding Adolescent Reproductive Health Disparities

Photography by Dave Christopher

(L to R) Kelli Stidham Hall, PhD MSN NP, Princeton University Office of Population Research; Megan Kavanaugh, DrPH, Guttmacher Institute; Amy Dworsky, PhD, Chapin Hall, University of Chicago; Doriane Miller, MD (Moderator), University of Chicago


Panel Two: Innovative Approaches to Overcoming Barriers to Care

Photography by Dave Christopher

(L to R) Bhupendra Sheoran, MD MPH, Internet Sexuality Information Services; Amy Whitaker, MD MS (Moderator), University of Chicago; Sang Hee Won, MPH, National Institute for Reproductive Health; Kenneth Alexander, MD PhD, University of Chicago


Panel Three: Involving and Empowering Youth

Photography by Dave Christopher

(L to R) Kandace Thomas, MPP (Moderator), Irving Harris Foundation; Melissa Gilliam, MD MPH, University of Chicago; Patrick Jagoda, PhD, University of Chicago; Sarah Horvath, Rebecca Miller and Toussaint Mears-Clarke, Medical Students, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine