Reproductive Equity and Justice: Who It Affects and Why It Matters

Join the National Capital Area Chapter of ASPA for a free event on Wednesday titled “Reproductive Equity and Justice: Who It Affects and Why It Matters” on November 29 at 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm EST.

Moderator: Dr. Dale Jones, Member, Board of Directors, ASPA NCAC (Vice President-Elect)


Jhumka Gupta, Sc.D.

  • Associate Professor, Department of Global and Community Health
  • College of Public Health, George Mason University
  • ScD, Harvard University; MPH, Drexel University; BS, Biological Sciences, University of Maryland
  • Research interests: Gender-based violence against women, refugee and immigrant health, reproductive health, human trafficking, and global health.
  • Discussion of violence against women.


Karen Trister Grace, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
  • College of Public Health, George Mason University
  • PhD, Nursing, Johns Hopkins University; BS and MS, Nursing, University of Pennsylvania; BA, Barnard College, Columbia University
  • Research interests: reproductive coercion, pregnancy intention, health disparities, and health equity.
  • Discussion of her research on reproductive coercion, which is a type of intimate partner violence in which partners
    sabotage birth control methods or control the outcome of a pregnancy. This work has salience given the recent
    erosion of reproductive rights in the U.S. Abortion is often used as a safety strategy, to enable a survivor to separate from an abusive partner. Restricting access to this safety strategy removes options for survivors and supports their partner’s efforts to exert control.


Rebecca Morris

  • Senior Research Associate and Ph.D. Candidate in Public Policy and Administration
  • Department of Health Policy and Management
  • Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health
  • Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University
  • MPP, George Washington University; BA, Economics and Mathematics, Emory University
  • Research interests: potential effects of Braidwood Management v Becerra case on maternal, infant, and child health; post-Dobbs community health center focus group work.
  • Discussion of initial trends found in post-Dobbs focus groups of community health center workers (increased service demand, provider strain, and workforce shortages). Also, discussion of the Medicaid unwinding and the pending Braidwood case as policy context for providing reproductive health services.


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