Re-imagining What’s Possible: A Future Where Reproductive Justice is Achieved

Please join us for an OBSSR Director's Webinar on Tuesday, March 28, at 2:30 p.m. ET.  Register to attend:

Presentation: Re-imagining What’s Possible: A Future Where Reproductive Justice is Achieved

Presenter: Monica R. McLemore PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

Professor, Child, Family, and Population Health Department,
Interim Director for the Center for Anti-Racism in Nursing,
University of Washington School of Nursing

Presentation Overview
The purpose of this session is to honor the work that has been done toward health equity and to move beyond reproductive health and rights to reproductive justice. Participants will vision about the blueprint for reproductive justice and focus attention on what we should be working toward.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the retrofit, reform, and reimagine framework.
  2. Articulate concepts in the blueprint for reproductive justice.
  3. Name areas in existing programming that can modified using above knowledge.

Several of the following principles will be highlighted as part of the discussion in addition to actionable research strategies to build a strong and sustainable foundation for the future.

Principle 1: Ensure that Sexual and Reproductive Health Care is Accessible to All People
Principle 2: Ensure Discriminatory Barriers in Health Care are Eliminated
Principle 3: Ensure that Research and Innovation Advance Sexual and Reproductive
Principle 4: Ensure Health, Rights, Justice, and Wellness for All Communities
Principle 5: Ensure Judges and Executive Officials Advance Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice

Dr. Monica McLemore is a tenured professor in the Child, Family, and Population Health Department and the Interim Director for the Center for Anti-Racism in Nursing at the University of Washington School of Nursing. Prior to her arrival at UW, she was a tenured associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco and was named the Thelma Shobe Endowed Chair in 2021. She retired from clinical practice as a public health and staff nurse after a 28-year clinical nursing career in 2019, however, continues to provide flu and COVID-19 vaccines.

Her program of research is focused on understanding reproductive health and justice. To date, she has 94 peer reviewed articles, Op-eds and commentaries and her research has been cited in the Huffington Post, Lavender Health, five amicus briefs to the Supreme Court of the United States, and three National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine reports, and a data visualization project entitled How to Fix Maternal Mortality: The first step is to stop blaming women that was published in the 2019 Future of Medicine edition of Scientific American.

Her work has also appeared in publications such as Dame Magazine, Politico, ProPublica/NPR, and she made a voice appearance in Terrance Nance’s HBO series Random Acts of Flyness. She is the recipient of numerous awards and currently serves as chair for Sexual and Reproductive Health section of the American Public Health Association. She was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2019. She became the Editor in Chief of Health Equity Journal in 2022.

Reasonable Accommodations
Individuals who need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event should contact Rachel Pisarski at or 301-670-4990.

When:  Mar 28, 2023 from 14:30 to 16:00 (ET)


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