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Attendees joined our webinar, hosted in partnership with The Commonwealth Fund, as we examined the changing landscape of reproductive health through the lens of health services research (HSR). Explored important research topics, methods, and recommendations for the field. Drawing insights from a November invitational workshop on this topic, our expert speaker discussed policy changes, ongoing research efforts, and unique aspects of conducting such research including community-engaged methods. They also highlighted the critical need for partnerships between the HSR and reproductive health research communities. 

Watch Recorded Webinar

Learning Objectives

By the conclusion of this webinar, participants:

  • Developed a shared understanding of the multifaceted consequences of the Dobbs decision, extending beyond immediate impacts on abortion access and reproductive health care. 
  • Promoted open dialogue, mutual understanding, and collaborative partnerships among reproductive health researchers, community partners, and the broader HSR community. 

Speaker List


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Committee Member

Lisa Simpson, M.B., B.Ch., M.P.H., FAAP

Former President and CEO - AcademyHealth

Dr. Simpson was the President and Chief Executive Officer of AcademyHealth from 2011-March 2024. A nationally recognized health policy researcher and pediatrician, she is a passionate advocate for the translation of research into policy and practice. Read Bio




Laurie Zephyrin, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.

Senior Vice President, Advancing Health Equity - The Commonwealth Fund

Laurie C. Zephyrin, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., is senior vice president for Advancing Health Equity at the Commonwealth Fund. She has extensive experience leading the vision, design, and delivery of innovative health care models across national health systems. Read Bio


Sonya Borrero, M.D., M.S.

Founding Director, Center for Innovative Research on Gender Health Equity (CONVERGE) - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Dr. Borrero is the Founding Director of the Center for Innovative Research on Gender Health Equity (CONVERGE) and a tenured Professor of Medicine; Clinical and Translational Science; and Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is also the co-director of the Advanced Fellowship in Women’s Health at the VA Pittsburgh Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP). Read Bio


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Committee Member, Member

Monica McLemore, Ph.D., M.P.H, RN

Professor and Interim Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - University of Washington

Dr. Monica McLemore is a tenured professor in the Child, Family, and Population Health Department and she will become the Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the School of Nursing pending approval from the Reagents. Read Bio

Jenny O'Donnell, Sc.D.

Senior Director of Research and Evaluation - Society of Family Planning

Dr. Jenny O’Donnell is the Senior Director of Research and Evaluation at the Society of Family Planning and a Lecturer in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College. Read Bio

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Member, Presenter

Sara Rosenbaum, J.D.

Professor Emerita, Health Law and Policy - George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health

Sara Rosenbaum, J.D., is Professor Emerita, Health Law and Policy at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. Prior to her retirement, she was the Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy and Founding Chair of the Department of Health Policy. Read Bio