Reproductive and Population Health

Green to be honored at Outstanding Women of Color reception on March 7

Tiffany Green, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health and the School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Population Health Sciences! Green is one of six recipients of the 2023 University of Wisconsin–Madison Outstanding Women of Color Awards. Green’s award was announced last November; the ceremony honoring Green and the other a... more

Green, Higgins cited in WPR article about Wisconsin birth rates

​Tiffany Green, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, and Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, professor and director of the UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity and Division of Reproductive and Population Health, were cited in a recent Wisconsin Public Radio story about the effects of overturning Roe v. Wade in June 2022 on Wisconsin birth ... more

Senderowicz publishes in Studies in Comparative International Development

Leigh Senderowicz, ScD, MPH, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, co-authored a new article published in Studies in Comparative International Development. Co-authors include Taryn Valley, MA.In “Fertility Has Been Framed: Why Family Planning Is Not a Silver Bullet for Sustainable Development,” Senderowicz and Valley challenge popular ide... more

Higgins, Green publish editorial in Wisconsin State Journal

UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity and Division of Reproductive and Population Health Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, and associate professor Tiffany Green, PhD, co-authored an article in the Wisconsin State Journal.In “Dobbs forced at least 1,500 unintended births, causing harm to Wisconsin communities”, Higgins and Green cite a nationwide study documenting the effe... more

Higgins authors chapter in new edition of Contraceptive Technology

Division of Reproductive and Population Health and UW Collaborative for Reproductive Health Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, co-authored the sixth chapter in the 22nd edition of Contraceptive Technology. Co-authors of the chapter include Patty Cason, MS, FNP-PC, Jessica N. Sanders, PhD, MSPH.In Chapter Six, “Sexuality and Contraception,” Higgins and co-authors identified di... more

Green receives 2023 UW–Madison Outstanding Women of Color Award

Huge congratulations to Tiffany Green, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health and the School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Population Health Sciences! Green is one of six recipients of the 2023 University of Wisconsin–Madison Outstanding Women of Color Awards. UW–Madison Chief Diversity Officer LaVar Charleston announced ... more

Green discusses birth cost recovery with Wisconsin Examiner

Tiffany Green, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, spoke with the Wisconsin Examiner for a recent story about phasing out birth-cost recovery programs across some Wisconsin counties.In “Milwaukee County stops taking fathers to court to pay back Medicaid for childbirth costs,” Milwaukee County court discussed limiting birth-cost rec... more

Department of Ob-Gyn brings posters, presentations to 2023 Society of Family Planning Conference

Members of the Department of Ob-Gyn brought an impressive array of posters and panel sessions to the annual Society of Family Planning Conference on October 28-30, 2023 in Seattle. This conference aims to allow professionals to share research and learn from one another about abortion and contraception care. These are just a few of their exciting accomplishments:Abigail Cutle... more

Women’s Healthcast: Contraceptive Coercion, featuring Laura Swan, PhD, LCSW

Reproductive coercion – any behavior that interferes with someone’s ability to make decisions about their reproductive health – can happen in the context of intimate relationships, family relationships, or even in health care settings. Laura Swan, PhD, LCSW, research scientist in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Population Healt... more

Green discusses health disparities on PBS Wisconsin in Black & White series

Tiffany Green, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, sat down with other experts to discuss the impacts of race on social determinants of health in Wisconsin as part of the PBS Wisconsin in Black & White series:“Black people, Indigenous people are disproportionately likely to be in impoverished and socially-stratified circumstances…... more

Green discusses racial inequities in health with PBS Wisconsin

Tiffany Green, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health and the UW Department of Population Health Sciences, spoke with PBS Wisconsin for a recent story about conversations dealing with racial biases and their impact on pregnant patients.In “Tiffany Green on racial inequities in delivering health care”, Green talked about how health care... more

Department hosts successful Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture and Symposium

On October 12, 2023, the UW Department of Ob-Gyn hosted the UW Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture and Symposium, an event created in 2005 by Gloria Sarto, MD, and Gloria Johnson-Powell, MD. Katie Sampene, MD, associate professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, chaired the event planning committee.The event included Brief and Brilliant presen... more

Higgins presents post-Dobbs research perspectives to HHS, NASEM

UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Director and Division of Reproductive and Population Health Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, brought important perspectives on reproductive health research in a post-Dobbs landscape to two national leadership organizations this fall.In late September 2023, Higgins and UW CORE Research Scientist Jane Seymour, PhD, MPH, presented at a ... more

Green quoted in New York Times opinion about maternal mortality

A recent opinion article published in the New York Times includes perspective from Tiffany Green, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health! In “America Already Knows How to Make Childbirth Safer”, the author outlines options for reducing maternal mortality; the author cites Green in discussion of racial bias and its effect on health outc... more

CORE brief: Impacts of abortion restrictions on pregnant people, their partners, families, and communities

The UW-Madison Collaborative for Reproductive Equity (CORE) released a brief outlining the impacts of abortion restrictions on pregnant peoples’ wellbeing, family and community health, economic health, and more. Since the June 2022 U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, abortion services have been nearly unavailable in Wisconsin, and restricted or banned in... more

Green discusses infant health disparities with WKOW

Tiffany Green, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, spoke with WKOW as part of a story on ConnectRx, the prenatal program meant to help connect pregnant people who meet screening criteria for any of several social determinants of health metrics with community health workers. In “Digging Deeper: Wisconsin's persisting racial gap in i... more

Higgins, Williamson co-author editorial in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Just before the one-year anniversary of the United States Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, and Associate Director Amy Williamson, MPP, co-authored an opinion in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.In “Even if Wisconsin abortion ban overturned, women will face obstacles to care”, Higgins ... more

Swan, Senderowicz publish study in Health Services Research

UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity postdoctoral researcher Laura Swan, PhD, and Leigh Senderowicz, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, and co-authors published a study in the journal Health Services Research!In “Health care provider bias in the Appalachian region: The frequency and impact of contraceptive coercion”, authors u... more

In the News: Higgins reflects on abortion access one year after Dobbs decision

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the United States Supreme Court decision in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on June 24, 2023, UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Director and UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, spoke with news outlets about the consequences of restricted abortion acc... more

Green promoted to Associate Professor with tenure

Congratulations to Tiffany Green, PhD, who was recently promoted to Associate Professor with tenure! Green holds a joint appointment with the UW SMPH Department of Population Health Sciences and the Department of Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health. Green, a health economist who has researched and published widely on topics related to health equity, racial ... more

Congratulations to winners of the 2023 UW Ob-Gyn department awards!

On June 15, 2023, the UW Department of Ob-Gyn held its annual awards ceremony, recognizing educational, research and administrative accomplishments throughout the year.The ceremony started by celebrating service milestones:Five Years:Carol Hulland - Administrative ManagerIrene Ong, PhD - Assistant ProfessorJennifer Karnowski, MD - Clinical Assistant ProfessorLaura Cooney, MD... more

Higgins talks contraceptive access issues with Tone

A recent article on Tone Madison covered peoples’ emerging concerns about contraceptive access following the US Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs that struck down Roe v. Wade.In the article “Contraception has a new weight post-Roe in Madison”, UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health and UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MP... more

Senderowicz publishes in Studies in Family Planning

​Leigh Senderowicz, ScD, MPH, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, published an article in Studies in Family Planning about a common indicator in global family planning programs.In “Assessing the Suitability of Unmet Need as a Proxy for Access to Contraception and Desire to Use It”, Senderowicz and co-authors used survey data from Burkin... more

In the News: Green discusses first year of ConnectRx

In April 2022, the Dane County Health Council launched ConnectRx, a care coordination tool within the electronic health record to help providers working with Black pregnant patients navigate supportive resources for patients that are available in the community, in all Madison ob-gyn clinics. Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive an... more

Jacques publishes study in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

A new study by Laura Jacques, MD, associate professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology, uses anonymous posts on social media to document the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on people’s abortion experiences in the United States.““I'm going to be forced to have a baby”: A study of COVID-19 abortion experiences on Reddit”, published in the journa... more

Grand Rounds: Department Research Day 2023

On May 4, 2023, the UW Department of Ob-Gyn hosted Department Research Day. You can watch all the research presentations given that day here. Keynote by Genevieve Neal-Perry, MD, PhD – 0:00:00-1:01:45Menopause Management: Where are we now? Graduating Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellow Brad Bosse, MD – 1:01:46-1:20:45Preeclampsia: It’s in the water?Graduating Gynecologic Oncology... more

Williamson’s UW-Madison Academic Staff award featured in UW News

UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Associate Director Amy Williamson, MPP, received the 2023 UW–Madison Robert and Carroll Heideman Award for Excellence in Public Service and Outreach! A recent article published by UW-Madison News outlines Williamson’s statewide outreach efforts that helped earn the award:“She has produced many evidence-based policy briefs (such as Roe... more

Higgins joins WORT to talk about future of medication abortion in Wisconsin

Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, director of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health and the UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity, spoke with WORT Community Radio in Madison about recent federal court rulings around FDA approval of the drug mifepristone and what it could mean for abortion and miscarriage patients.In “What Now For Medication Abortions?”, Higg... more

Green publishes op-ed in The Hill

Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, published an opinion piece in The Hill during Black Maternal Health Week, April 11-17.In “Ending the COVID emergency will further harm Black maternal mortality”, Green shares recent maternal mortality statistics that show an uptick in maternal mortality that aligns with t... more

CORE brief outlines #WeCount data on changes in abortion access

A new brief from the UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity synthesizes findings from the Society of Family Planning’s #WeCount report that aims to capture changes in abortion access across the United States since the June 2022 U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.“Post-Dobbs changes in abortion access in Wisconsin and nationally” adds important context to t... more

Higgins discusses #WeCount survey in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel summarizes findings from the Society of Family Planning’s #WeCount report that highlights a marked decline in abortions performed across the United States since the June 2022 U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.In “National report finds sharp decline in abortions in the U.S. since Dobbs decision”, UW Ob-Gyn D... more

In the News: Green discusses new infant, maternal mortality statistics with Channel 3000, WPR

Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, joined local and statewide news outlets to talk about the latest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics about infant and maternal mortality in the U.S.Uncovering the causes of infant and maternal mortality – Wisconsin Public RadioIn this intervie... more

Jacques, Higgins co-author article in Wisconsin Medical Journal

Laura Jacques, MD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, and Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, director of the UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity and Division of Reproductive and Population Health, are co-authors on a new study in the Wisconsin Medical Journal. Taryn Valley, MA, an MD-PhD student in the UW School of Medicine and Public... more

Green talks about Wisconsin’s post-Dobbs landscape on MSNBC

Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, joined American Voices on MSNBC to discuss Wisconsin’s current abortion restrictions and what the outcome of the April 4, 2023 Wisconsin State Supreme Court election could mean for abortion access in the future.In the interview, Green added important context about barrier... more

Williamson receives UW-Madison Heideman Award for Excellence in Public Service and Outreach

Huge congratulations to UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Associate Director Amy Williamson, MPP, who received the 2023 UW–Madison Robert and Carroll Heideman Award for Excellence in Public Service and Outreach! This award is one of the campus-wide Academic Staff Excellence Awards chosen by the UW Academic Staff Assembly’s Professional Development and Recognition Comm... more

Green discusses hope for infant mortality disparities in On Wisconsin

The Spring 2023 issue of the UW–Madison alumni magazine On Wisconsin set its sights on the future of UW. In the article “Fixing the Future”, UW–Madison researchers shared breakthroughs in their fields that make them optimistic about tomorrow.In the article, Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, described a pr... more

Wendland published in Advances in Health Sciences Education

Claire Wendland, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of the UW-Madison Department of Anthropology and professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, co-authored a new publication in the journal Advances in Health Sciences Education!In the article “Admitting privileges: a construction ecology perspective on the unintended consequences of medical school ad... more

Green quoted in New York Times article about infant mortality disparities

The New York Times shared a study out of California that found huge racial disparities in infant mortality, regardless of family income. “Childbirth Is Deadlier for Black Families Even When They’re Rich, Expansive Study Finds” summarizes a study of infant mortality published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.In the article, Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor i... more

Senderowicz publishes in Studies in Family Planning

Leigh Senderowicz, ScD, MPH, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, is building a distinguished reputation as a leading scholar in contraceptive autonomy, with numerous publications and international presentations on the topic. Her 2020 article suggesting contraceptive autonomy as a novel family planning indicator even informed t... more

Cutler, Higgins publish in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

In new research published in the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, UW Ob-Gyn Assistant Professor Abigail Cutler, MD, UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity and Division of Reproductive and Population Health Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, and co-authors use survey data to examine factors associated with physicians' level of concern and perceived con... more

Senderowicz to present at Wednesday Nite at the Lab on February 1

Leigh Senderowicz, ScD, MPH, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, will share her research at the UW-Madison Science Outreach event Wednesday Nite @ the Lab at 7:00pm on February 1, 2023! More information about the event and how to attend is available here.In the talk "I Was Obligated to Accept: Coercion and Autonomy in Contempo... more

Higgins talks about crisis pregnancy centers with Cap Times

A recent article in the Cap Times dives into crisis pregnancy centers in Wisconsin and nationwide. “Do crisis pregnancy centers help women or mislead them?” discusses the importance of understanding what crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) are and offer in light of statewide abortion restrictions.Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, director of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Pop... more

Senderowicz’s presentation at International Conference on Family Planning featured in Global Health Now

Leigh Senderowicz, ScD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, presented at the International Conference on Family Planning in Thailand in November. She presented “The effect of a postpartum IUD program on contraceptive method choice in Tanzania: Results from a cluster-randomized stepped-wedge trial” and was part of a session on ... more

Cutler and Higgins talk about impact of abortion restrictions with National Public Radio

A recent story on National Public Radio profiled a Wisconsin woman whose pregnancy plans changed in light of abortion restrictions in the state. UW Ob-Gyn Assistant Professor Abby Cutler, MD, and Division of Reproductive and Population Health and UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity (CORE) Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, both added perspective to the story.Cutler talke... more

Green weighs in on Wisconsin’s C grade from March of Dimes

This year’s March of Dimes report card on maternal and infant health assigned Wisconsin a C for the state’s preterm birth rate of 10 percent. Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, spoke with CBS 58 in Milwaukee about what that grade means for our state.“Green said decades of research don't point to one specific reason ... more

CORE researchers publish conference abstracts in Contraception

Faculty, researchers and trainees in the UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity brought posters and presentations to the 2022 Society of Family Planning annual meeting in Baltimore, MD in December. Three abstracts presented at the conference were published in Contraception!Characterizing physician concerns with publicly supporting abortion – AS Cutler, LT Swan, M Lands, NB... more

Green authors editorial on masking protocols in New England Journal of Medicine

In a new editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine, Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, responds to a study examining the effects of universal masking policies on rates of COVID-19 infection in schools.The study “Lifting Universal Masking in Schools — Covid-19 Incidence among Students and Staff” compares COVID... more

Senderowicz publishes in Health Policy and Planning

In a new study in Health Policy and Planning, Leigh Senderowicz, ScD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, evaluates postpartum intrauterine device (PPIUD) programs on outcomes related to contraceptive choice.“The effect of a postpartum intrauterine device program on choice of contraceptive method in Tanzania: a secondary analy... more

Green published in Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine

A new article in the journal Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine examines racial/ethnic differences in post-operative pain experience and opioid medication use in the first day after C-section delivery! Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, is senior author on the article. UW Ob-Gyn residency graduate John Poehlmann, ... more

Swan, Cutler, Higgins in publish study in AJOG

A new article in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology uses data from a 2019 survey of UW SMPH physicians to assess physicians’ understanding of whether contraceptive methods work by causing abortion. Laura Swan, PhD, LCSW, postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Population Health Sciences Green Inequality Lab, is first author on the study.In “Physic... more

In the News: Higgins talks about state of reproductive health care access

Since the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in June 2022, overturning the constitutionally protected right to abortion, UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health and UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH spoke with several news outlets to answer questions... more

Higgins named new Jeanne Bissell Professor in Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice

Please help us congratulate UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity and UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, who was recently named the next Jeanne Bissell Professor in Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice! Higgins and Bissell, longtime supporter of the UW Department of Ob-Gyn, were honored at the first-ever UW Schoo... more

Green discusses flu vaccination disparities with WKOW

As influenza season picks up, Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, discussed disparities in flu vaccine rates with WKOW News.Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services show racial disparities in flu vaccination. In “Data: Wisconsin, country s... more

Senderowicz publishes study in SSM – Qualitative Research in Health

In a new study in SSM – Qualitative Research in Health, Leigh Senderowicz, ScD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, uses focus group data to assess peoples’ experiences having long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) removed when desired.In previous works, Senderowicz laid out a definition of contraceptive autonomy that in... more

Green discusses economic impacts of policy changes in panel

In a panel discussion hosted by Opportunity Wisconsin and 9to5 Wisconsin, Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, discussed the economic effects of changes in abortion access, as well as other reproductive health policies. Green served on the panel with U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin; she discussed inequities that ... more

Greene published in Wisconsin Medical Journal

A new study by UW Ob-Gyn faculty affiliate Madelyne Greene, PhD, RN (whose primary faculty appointment is in the UW School of Nursing) and several former members of the UW Department of Ob-Gyn was published in the Wisconsin Medical Journal!In “Difficult Questions With Many Gray Areas: Nuanced Abortion Attitudes Among Physicians”, Greene and co-authors used qualitative survey... more

Green discusses challenges with pregnancy care on WORT

In an interview on WORT Community Radio in Madison, UW Ob-Gyn assistant professor Tiffany Green, PhD, of the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, discussed obstacles to pregnancy care in Wisconsin:“Even before this summer’s landmark Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, many pregnant patients were not receiving the care they need…. “People were already l... more

Higgins discusses abortion misinformation with CNN

After the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade in June, misinformation about self-managed abortions has blown up on social media. CNN reporters spoke with experts across the country, including UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity and UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, about self-managed abortion (SMA)... more

CORE’s WOMB Lab publishes brief on abortion education for medical students

A new brief published by the UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity WOMB Lab (led by Abigail Cutler, MD and Laura Jacques, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn) examines the availability of abortion training for medical students and outlines the ways increasing abortion training can improve patient care and expand physician skills.“Medical Studen... more

Green discusses paid parental leave in WI State Journal

UW Ob-Gyn Assistant Professor Tiffany Green, PhD, discusses paid parental leave policies in a new article in the Wisconsin State Journal.In “‘Paying their fair share’: Madison companies embrace paid parental leave, but experts say more is needed”, Green expands on some of the supports needed to make a difference for families:“The work of governments and employers needs to go... more

In the News: Green discusses post-Roe issues

Assistant Professor Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, spoke with many media outlets about the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade: Wisconsin health providers navigate a new world without abortion rights – Wisconsin ExaminerIn an article about new initiatives to expand contraceptive acces... more

Wendland publishes op-ed in Cap Times

Professor Claire Wendland, MD, PhD, Chair of the UW-Madison Department of Anthropology and faculty member in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, published an editorial in the Cap Times drawing on her many years of clinical and research experience to share potential consequences of overturning abortion rights.In “I've seen what happens when abortions... more

Senderowicz published in Contraception

Assistant Professor Leigh Senderowicz, ScD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, is lead author on a new study published in Contraception!In “Contraceptive method denial as downward contraceptive coercion: A mixed-methods mystery client study in Western Kenya”, Senderowicz and co-authors analyze mystery client interactions, focus groups, key infor... more

In the News: Higgins shares insights in post-Roe reporting

Since the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on June 24, overturning the constitutionally protected right to abortion, UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health and UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH spoke with several news outlets to answer questions a... more

Green, Cutler, Jacques discuss Wisconsin’s post-Roe future with Wisconsin Watch

Three UW Ob-Gyn faculty joined Wisconsin Watch in an audio interview on July 18 to discuss the current landscape of reproductive health care in Wisconsin after the United States Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade. Wisconsin Watch hosted the conversation on Twitter, which you can listen to here. Assistant Professor Abby Cutler, MD, of the Division of Academic ... more

Senderowicz talks about gender pain gap in Good Housekeeping

A recent article in Good Housekeeping discusses several aspects of intrauterine device (IUD) experiences, including pain during the procedure, options for pain management, what removal looks like, and more. In the article, UW Ob-Gyn Assistant Professor Leigh Senderowicz, ScD, of the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, offered a perspective on why pain with this p... more

Green discusses disparities to come from abortion restriction on Here and Now

On June 10, 2022, UW Ob-Gyn assistant professor Tiffany Green, PhD, of the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, spoke with Here and Now on Wisconsin Public Television about economic and racial disparities likely to increase after Roe v. Wade is overturned:“…the effects of abortion or limiting access have been very well established and as we said, they can lead to ... more

Cutler and Higgins discuss possible impacts of Roe decision on physician training

A recent article in the Wisconsin Examiner investigated potential difficulties for physician training programs after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.“Medical training programs teach abortion procedures. What happens if abortion is outlawed?” outlines the national standards for training set by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), whi... more

Higgins discusses future of abortion research in challenging atmosphere with STAT

A new article in STAT talks to researchers who specialize in reproductive health about what the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 24 decision overturning Roe v. Wade might mean for research about abortion in the future.In “These researchers study abortion in states likely to ban it. That will make their jobs even harder”, UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health and ... more

Women’s Healthcast: The State of Abortion Rights in 2022, with Jenny Higgins, PhD

Sometime in the next few weeks, the United States Supreme Court will issue a decision in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. Their decision in this case could have huge effects on abortion legality and abortion access across the country.To share information about today’s landscape of abortion access in Wisconsin, what the Supreme Court decision could mean,... more

Wisconsin Watch interviews UW Ob-Gyn faculty on abortion laws

Wisconsin Watch, a nonprofit news organization, recently published two articles about the complex future of abortion in Wisconsin and physician opinions on why abortion is a necessary part of health care. UW Ob-Gyn faculty shared their expertise in both articles.“Wisconsin faces a ‘tangled series’ of abortion laws dating back to 1849 as it heads into a possible post-Roe futu... more

Higgins talks about physician perspectives on abortion with Here and Now

On Wisconsin Public Television’s Here and Now, UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health Director and UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH shared data from a study of physician opinions on abortion.Higgins joined Here and Now on May 20 to answer questions about how supportive physicians are of abortion access, how they thin... more

Green discusses COVID disparities with Wisconsin Examiner

Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, spoke with the Wisconsin Examiner in an article about inequities in COVID-19 safety precautions.In “COVID surges as masks decline, hurting the most vulnerable”, Green talked about areas of employment, including service, industrial, and childcare, where workers are more vu... more

Higgins quoted in article about mobile abortion clinics

As questions arise about the future of abortion access in many states, health care providers are pursuing creative solutions to provide abortion care to more patients. In “Abortion care on wheels”, the Wisconsin Examiner profiled Just the Pill, an online, nonprofit clinic that dispenses medication abortion. Just the Pill is working on rolling out mobile clinics in many state... more

Higgins discusses potential impact of US Supreme Court decision on reproductive health care in Wisconsin with WTMJ

UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health Director and UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH spoke with WTMJ about some possible implications for reproductive health care in Wisconsin if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.In the interview, Higgins fielded questions about whether miscarriage is distinguishabl... more

2022 Department Research Day

On May 26, 2022, the UW Department of Ob-Gyn hosted Department Research Day, which included many research presentations from across the Department.Jeffrey Peipert, MD, chair of the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, kicked off Department Research Day with the keynote presentation “The Contraceptive CHOICE Project to Path4You: Les... more

UW CORE develops research briefs on abortion and access in Wisconsin

Researchers in the UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity have developed topical briefs in the last several weeks about abortion access, reproductive health laws, and more. The briefs provide overviews of topics that may be of increased interest as we wait for changes to abortion laws and access in Wisconsin:Self-Managed AbortionWhat Would Happen In Wisconsin If Roe v. Wad... more

In the News: Higgins discusses Supreme Court decision and abortion restrictions

Since the May 2 leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court memo that suggests the court’s intention to overturn Roe v. Wade later this summer, researchers and scholars have shared insights on the current landscape of abortion access in the country, and potential implications for the coming Supreme Court decision.UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity and UW Ob-Gyn Division of Repr... more

Green discusses economic burden of abortion ban in The New Yorker

Since the May 2 leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court memo that suggests the court’s intention to overturn Roe v. Wade later this summer, we have seen an abundance of reporting on what that decision could mean for people across the country. In a new article in The New Yorker, UW Ob-Gyn Assistant Professor Tiffany Green, PhD, of the Division of Reproductive and Population Health... more

Higgins co-authors study in The Lancet Regional Health

A new study published in The Lancet Regional Health – Americas looks at movement across state lines to obtain abortion care in 2017. UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity and Division of Reproductive and Population Health Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH co-authored the article.“Abortion travel within the United States: An observational study of cross-state movement to ob... more

Study published in AJOG by UW CORE team examines contraceptive satisfaction and sexual side effects

A new study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology uses data from a longitudinal cohort study to examine whether sexual acceptability of a contraceptive method predicts contraceptive satisfaction at three months.“A prospective analysis of the relationship between sexual acceptability and contraceptive satisfaction over time”, by Renee Kramer, PhD, MPH, UW Colla... more

Green discusses policy failures around COVID-19 with Wisconsin Examiner

A recent article from Wisconsin Examiner recapped a report that found the United States’ poorest counties experienced mortality from COVID-19 at nearly twice the rate of the nation’s wealthiest counties. Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, was interviewed for the article.In “Report ties COVID-19 deaths to poverty, systemic pol... more

Higgins authors article in Journal of Sex Research

A new article in the Journal of Sex Research by UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health and UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity (CORE) Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH introduces the concept of “erotic equity” and examines the connections between socioeconomics and sexual wellbeing.In “Socioeconomics and Erotic Inequity: A Theoretical Overview and Narra... more

Senderowicz to become Assistant Professor in Division of Reproductive and Population Health

We are thrilled to announce that Leigh Senderowicz, ScD, MPH will join the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health in August 2022 as assistant professor! Senderowicz will be jointly appointed with the UW-Madison Department of Gender and Women’s Studies (75%) and the Department of Ob-Gyn (25%).She has been part of our department since 2019, when she joined us... more

Senderowicz published in Population and Development Review

Health Disparities Research Scholar Leigh Senderowicz, ScD is lead author on a new publication in the journal Population and Development Review!In “Supply-Side Versus Demand-Side Unmet Need: Implications for Family Planning Programs”, Senderowicz summarizes different critiques of the “unmet need” measure, suggests a modification to the indicator, and uses data from the Demog... more

Green shares insight on postpartum depression disparities in Essence

A recent article in Essence profiled the founders of an app to support Black mothers with postpartum depression and anxiety. In the article, Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, discussed how provider bias and communication issues may lead to underdiagnosis of postpartum depression for Black women:““…the evidence strongly sugge... more

Higgins, Senderowicz publish study in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

A new study in the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health by UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH and Health Disparities Research Scholar Leigh Senderowicz, ScD examines connections between economic resources and sexual wellbeing.“Sex, poverty, and public health: Connections between sexual wellbeing and eco... more

Green published in Journal of Women’s Health

A new publication co-authored by Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, examines connections between experiences of racial discrimination and postpartum depression.“Are Experiences of Racial Discrimination Associated with Postpartum Depressive Symptoms? A Multistate Analysis of Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System Data”, p... more

Green receives Wisconsin Partnership Program New Investigator grant

Huge congratulations to Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health! Green recently earned a Wisconsin Partnership Program New Investigator grant for the project “Evaluating the Impacts of Wisconsin’s Birth Cost Recovery Policy on the Health and Wellbeing of Low-Income Black Birthing Parents: A Community-Centered Approach”.In Wisconsin... more

CORE study published in SSM – Population Health

A study in the latest issue of SSM – Population Health examines physicians’ knowledge of referral for abortion care. UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, as well as former UW Ob-Gyn members Cynthie Wautlet, MD and Nicholas Schmuhl, PhD, are co-authors on the study. “Willing but unable: Physicians' referral knowledge as barriers to abortion ca... more

Green discusses perinatal care coordination issues with Wisconsin Public Radio

In January 2022, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an investigation into prenatal care coordination companies in the Milwaukee area (note: article available to MJS subscribers only). On February 3, Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, joined The Morning Show on Wisconsin Public Radio to discuss the investigation, and wha... more

Senderowicz’s studies guide MSF contraceptive guidelines

Health Disparities Research Scholar Leigh Senderowicz, ScD, recently shared an incredible example of academic work having real-world impact – in this case, world-wide impact!Senderowicz is an accomplished researcher with a particular interest in contraceptive autonomy: the idea that people should have free, full, informed choice about whether to use contraception, and which ... more

Green publishes Perspective piece in New England Journal of Medicine

How can economic principles help inform public health policy and address racial health disparities? Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health answers that question in a Perspective article in the New England Journal of Medicine.“Trade-offs and Policy Options — Using Insights from Economics to Inform Public Health Policy” highlights t... more

HDRS scholar Huynh earns Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment seed grant

Congratulations to Tuyen Huynh, PhD, postdoctoral trainee in the Health Disparities Research Scholar program! Huynh recently earned a Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment Seed Grant.Huynh’s seed grant will support the project “Promoting Family Resilience: Examining Racial/Ethnic Minoritized Parents' Reflective Capacities”, in collaboration with Larissa Duncan, PhD, associate pro... more

Study from CORE investigator Nobles published in PNAS

A new study by UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity investigator Jenna Nobles, PhD found that 22% of menstrual cycle tracking apps users had irregular cycles. Cycle irregularities may mean delays in learning about pregnancies and challenges accessing abortion, depending on state-level restrictions. Nobles is a professor in the UW-Madison Department of Sociology and direc... more

HDRS postdoc Huynh receives Prevention Research Center grant

The UW-Madison Prevention Research Center recently awarded the latest round of small grants, and UW Ob-Gyn Health Disparities Research Scholar Tuyen Huynh, PhD is one of the recipients!Huynh earned a grant for the project “A Community-Based Pilot Feasibility Study to Adapt the CHIME+ Program to Build Resilience Among Minoritized Families”, her project with Dr. Holly Hatton-... more

Higgins and Jacques publish in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

A recent article published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health by UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, Laura Jacques, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, and co-authors, used anonymized data from an online forum to examine how cost-related barriers affect peoples’ ability ... more

Green discusses Momnibus Act and wealth inequality with In These Times

A new article published by In These Times examines how the federal Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act, a package of legislation aimed at closing Black maternal health disparities, could improve lives in Wisconsin.In “The Momnibus Act Protects Wisconsin’s Black Babies from a Premature Death”, UW Ob-Gyn Assistant Professor Tiffany Green, PhD, of the Division of Reproductive an... more

HPV research from UW Ob-Gyn cited in PBS News Hour article

Misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines is abundant. One of the most pernicious myths – that COVID-19 vaccines can cause infertility – may be deterring people from getting the vaccine. (Michael Beninati, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, already dispelled that myth on a recent episode of the Women’s Healthcast!)Making up fertility concerns is a common ... more

Green’s course “Race in American Obstetrics and Gynecology” approved for medical school curriculum

Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, will teach a new course to students in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. “Race in American Obstetrics and Gynecology” will mainly be offered to M3s.Green’s innovative course sounds incredible:“Opportunity for medical students to survey the history of race in American obstetrics an... more