- Institute for Clinical Research Education
The Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) is a multidisciplinary institute that provides training in clinical and translational science and medical education.
- MWRI Training Programs
Our culture of tenacity, creativity, fire, and focus continues through our varied educational programs for all levels of academic development, including faculty and postdoctoral scholars, graduate and medical students, even college and high school students.
- The National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center
The National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and all sexual and gender minority (LGBTQIA+) people.
- Physicians for Reproductive Health Leadership Training Academy
The Physicians for Reproductive Health Leadership Training Academy prepares physicians to become lifelong leaders in reproductive health care advocacy by helping them develop and internalize the skills they need to be powerful, effective advocates for comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care.
- Preparing Future Faculty Program
The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program is a national movement to transform the way aspiring faculty members are prepared for their careers. PFF programs provide doctoral students, as well as some master’s and postdoctoral students, with opportunities to observe and experience faculty responsibilities at a variety of academic institutions with varying missions, diverse student bodies, and different expectations for faculty.
At the University of Pittsburgh
- Maternal and Child Health Equity Scholars
Founded in the fall of 2018 by Dr. Dara Mendez, this group has served as a platform for learners and early-career researchers to exchange ideas, network and collaborate on projects related to health equity, reproductive justice and maternal and child health. Resources and opportunities discussed and shared among the group focus on anti-oppression scholarship, critical race theory. The group also works in collaboration with local community and governmental partners on practice and policy interventions addressing race-based health inequities.
- Maternal/Perinatal and Reproductive Health Research Hub
Founded in 2021 by Dr. Jill Demirci, the Maternal/Perinatal and Reproductive Health Research Hub aims to increase the pace and impact of research in maternal, perinatal, and reproductive health science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Major activities of the Hub include building research collaborations, recruitment and retention of talented faculty and students from diverse backgrounds, supporting the development of Hub members’ research projects, and improving access to research resources. The Hub holds collaborative meetings and works in progress sessions, hosts a speaker series, funds pilot research, and supports grant development, research awards applications, and dissemination efforts (e.g., writing for publication).
- Black Women and Femmes Health Initiative
Through continuous community engagement and facilitation from Black-women led experts in strategic development, the Black Women and Femmes Health Initiative aims to develop a Black Women's Health Agenda for Allegheny County by conducting an investigation in order to:
- Assess if and how systems (health and social) may or may not address the health and well-being of Black women and femmes in Allegheny County and surrounding areas
- Develop a strategic plan and health agenda focused on centering the health and well-being of Black women and femmes in Allegheny County that includes actions related to research, practice, and policy.
- Center for LGBT Health Research
The health problems faced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community are often the same as those in the general population. In some cases, however, LGBT people have been found to be at greater risk for health problems such as breast cancer, HIV, hepatitis, and stress-related conditions. As a result, the Center for LGBT Health Research was created to understand and improve the health of the LGBT community by maintaining an infrastructure that provides research concerning LGBT health and wellness needs.
- Center for Health Equity
Since 2011, the Center for Health Equity (CHE) seeks to understand and ultimately eliminate health inequities in under-resourced, vulnerable, and underserved communities and populations, particularly those in Western Pennsylvania. CHE addresses issues attributed to institutional racism, builds strategic partnerships across sectors and communities, acknowledges a social equity in all policies perspective, and the public sector's role in achieving health equity for its citizenry.
- The Center for Bioethics & Health Law
The Center for Bioethics & Health Law (CBHL) brings together clinicians, scholars, and researchers from schools and disciplines across the University to investigate issues in bioethics and health law by employing empirical, philosophical, humanities, and legal research methods. It was founded in 1986 on the premise that questions posed by contemporary healthcare and research are not the province of any single discipline but require the collaborative integration of insights garnered from myriad disciplines. Center faculty employ methods of the humanities and the social sciences to address ethical challenges in clinical care, health law and policy, and research.
- The Health Law Clinic
The Health Law Clinic is a partnership between the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Medical and legal partnerships, like the Health Law Clinic at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, combine the expertise of health and legal professionals to address and prevent health-harming legal needs. By partnering with law students at Pitt, your health care team is working to enhance its response to the social determinants of health affecting young patients and their families.
- Pitt OutLaw
Pitt OutLaw is a student organization that represents the interests of and coordinates events for LGBTQIA+ law students and allied students.
- Period the Menstrual Movement
1 in 5 people have struggled to access period products because they were unavailable or unaffordable. Period the Menstrual Movement is an initiative that cam from Pitt Graduate School of Public Health to increase access to menstrual hygiene products across campus.
- Transgender Working Group
The Transgender Working Group was established in 2016 in an effort to ensure that all University community members feel respected and valued. The Transgender Working Group is comprised of faculty, staff and students from various groups and departments including: Academic Affairs, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Facilities, Housing, Rainbow Alliance, and Student Affairs. The group studies best practices in higher education, evaluates current University processes, and makes recommendations for creating a more inclusive campus for transgender individuals. The Working Group has implemented trainings for staff and faculty, responded to individual concerns or issues, and provided guidance on university wide initiatives such as the preferred name initiative.
- Medical Student Pride Alliance
Medical Student Pride Alliance is a nationally recognized queer and allied medical student association formed with the goals of increasing our understanding of health care challenges that affect the larger queer community. Here at Pitt, our goals include advocating for curriculum reform, building networks both within and outside of UPSOM and UPMC, and establishing a community of social support.
- Reading List
Luna, Z., & Luker, K. (2013). Reproductive justice. Annual Review of Law and Social Science, 9(1), 327–352. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-lawsocsci-102612-134037
Ross, L. (2006). Understanding reproductive justice. SisterSong. http://www.trustblackwomen.org/our-work/what-is-reproductive-justice/9-what-is-reproductive-justice
Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice. (2005). A New Vision for Advancing Our Movement for Reproductive Health, Reproductive Rights, and Reproductive Justice. http://strongfamiliesmovement.org/assets/docs/ACRJ-A-New-Vision.pdf1
Ross, L. J. (2017). Reproductive Justice as Intersectional Feminist Activism. Souls, 19(3), 286–314. https://doi.org/10.1080/10999949.2017.1389634
Crear-Perry, J., Correa-de-Araujo, R., Lewis Johnson, T., McLemore, M. R., Neilson, E., & Wallace, M. (2021). Social and Structural Determinants of Health Inequities in Maternal Health. Journal of Women’s Health, 30(2), 230–235. https://doi.org/10.1089/jwh.2020.8882
SisterSong, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, & Center for Reproductive Rights. (2014). Reproductive injustice: Racial and gender discrimination in U.S. health care. Center for Reproductive Rights. http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/Treaties/CERD/Shared%20Documents/USA/INT_CERD_NGO_USA_17560_E.pdf
Black Mamas Matter, & Center for Reproductive Rights. (2018). Black Mamas Matter: Advancing the Human Right to Safe and Respectful Maternal Health Care. Center for Reproductive Rights. http://blackmamasmatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/USPA_BMMA_Toolkit_Booklet-Final-Update_Web-Pages-1.pdf
Cook, K. (2007). Environmental Justice: Woman is the First Environment. In Reproductive Justice Briefing Book: A Primer on Reproductive Justice and Social Change (1st ed.). SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective and the Pro-Choice Public Education Project. http://protectchoice.org/downloads/Reproductive%20Justice%20Briefing%20Book.pdf
Ross, L., Roberts, L., Derkas, E., Peoples, W., & Bridgewater, P. (2017). Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundation, Theory, Practice, Critique. Feminist Press.
Ross, L., & Solinger, R. (2017). Reproductive Justice: An introduction (Vol. 1). University of California Press.
Roberts, D. (1997). Killing the black body: Race, reproduction, and the meaning of liberty. Random House LLC.
- Indigenous and Native Resources
The Changing Women Initiative renews cultural birth knowledge to empower and reclaim indigenous sovereignty of women’s medicine and life way teachings to promote reproductive wellness, healing through holistic approaches and to strengthen women’s bonds to family and community.
The Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center works to protect the health and human rights of Indigenous Peoples pertinent to our communities through cultural preservation, education, coalition building, community organizing, reproductive justice, environmental justice, and natural resource protection while working toward safe communities for women and children at the local, national, and international level.
Tewa Women United is located in the ancestral Tewa homelands of Northern New Mexico, Tewa Women United is a multicultural and multiracial organization founded and led by Native women. Tewa Women United envisions movement(s) rooted in P’in Haa (Breath of Heart/Life) and P’in Nall (Touching Heart and Spirit) that nurture and celebrate the collective power of beloved families, communities, and Nung Ochuu Quiyo (Earth Mother).
Yiya Vi Kagingdi Doula Project helps connect expectant families with their team of doulas who are trained to provide physical, emotional, and informational support during the prenatal, childbirth, and postpartum period.
The National Indigenous Women's Resource Center provides national leadership to end violence against American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian women by lifting up the collective voices of grassroots advocates and offering culturally grounded resources, technical assistance and training, and policy development to strengthen tribal sovereignty.
Red Wind Consulting responds to the increasing needs of Tribal and Native specific programs to develop indigenous responses to domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Indigenous women have been organizing for years, however, the levels of technical support available to tribes and native-specific organizations continue to be limited. Red Wind was developed to bring additional resources to ending violence against women work while enhancing the capacity of Tribal and Native specific programs.
Mending the Sacred Hoop strengthens the voice and vision of Native peoples. Their approach to this mission involves grassroots organizing within communities. Ultimately, Mending the Sacred Hoop seeks to restore the leadership of Native women in addressing domestic and sexual violence.
Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits is a community-based volunteer organization offering culturally relevant activities for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Native Americans, their families and friends.
Indigenous Pride Los Angeles recognizes the need to have a space where Indigenous people from all lands, waters, and nations can meet and celebrate our Indigenous heritage, cultures, and identities. In our homelands and communities, we acknowledge that we cannot live in our truths because of the effects colonization and missionization had on our peoples. In addition, Indigenous Pride LA also acknowledges that Two Spirit, Indigiqueer, and Indigenous LGBTQPAI+ individuals have limited resources and access at most pride events in which we can not celebrate our unique identities.
Urban Native Youth Association is the centre for Indigenous youth excellence, supporting youth on their journeys by amplifying and celebrating their voices.
SWIWC helps increase the capacity of indigenous communities to address and respond to violence through education, training, technical assistance, policy advocacy, and culturally sensitive supportive services.
Native Youth Sexual Health Network is an organization by and for Indigenous youth working across issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice throughout the United States and Canada.
- Black and African American Resources
In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda is a national-state partnership focused on lifting up the voices of Black women leaders at the national and regional levels in our fight to secure Reproductive Justice for all women, femmes, and girls.
Black Women for Wellness believes in the strength and wisdom of the Black community and allies and that the Black community have the solutions, resources and responsibility to create the shifts and change needed to impact our health status. By developing personal power, holding accountable and supporting acknowledged leadership, and most importantly, contributing to the survival and growth as a community.
Black Women’s Health Imperative leads the effort to solve the most pressing health issues that affect Black women and girls in the U.S. Through investments in evidence-based strategies, Black Women’s Health Imperative delivers bold new programs and advocate health-promoting policies.
New Voices for Reproductive Justice builds a social change movement dedicated to the health and well-being of Black women and girls through leadership development, Human Rights and Reproductive Justice.
SisterLove envisions a world in which we can all live in human dignity with equal protections regardless of illness, disability, race, sex, class, sexual or gender identity or other cultural, social, political, economic or geographic distinctions. SisterLove, Inc. aims to eradicate the adverse impact of HIV, sexual and reproductive health rights and justice challenges impacting women and their families through education, prevention, support, research and human rights advocacy in the United States and around the world.
SisterReach supports the reproductive autonomy of women and teens of color, poor and rural women, LGBTQIA+ people and their families through the framework of Reproductive Justice. SisterReach achieves this work through a 4-pronged strategy of education, policy & advocacy, cultural shift and harm reduction, and our reach is local, regional, national and international.
SisterSong is a Southern based, national membership organization; their purpose is to build an effective network of individuals and organizations to improve institutional policies and systems that impact the reproductive lives of marginalized communities.
SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW serves as an entry point and leadership pipeline for new social justice leaders, and a political home for Black women and young people, centering Black queer women, trans folx and folx living outside the gender binary. SPARK utilizes arts, culture and media to build resources for and shift narratives about their communities. SPARK engages in power building through grassroots organizing, advocacy, knowledge-building, and political development of their base and members in Georgia and across the US South.
The Afiya Center (TAC) was established in response to the increasing disparities between HIV incidences worldwide and the extraordinary prevalence of HIV among Black womxn and girls in Texas. At TAC they are transforming the lives, health, and overall wellbeing of Black womxn and girls by providing refuge, education, and resources; we act to ignite the communal voices of Black womxn resulting in our full achievement of reproductive freedom.
Women With A Vision improves the lives of marginalized women, their families, and communities by addressing the social conditions that hinder their health and well-being. Women With A Vision accomplish this through relentless advocacy, health education, supportive services, and community-based participatory research.
Black Mamas Matter is a Black women-led cross-sectoral alliance that centers Black mamas and birthing people to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice.
- Latine, Latina, and Latinx Resources
The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice builds Latina/x power to fight for the fundamental human right to reproductive health, dignity, and justice. They center Latina/x voices, mobilize their communities, transform the cultural narrative, and drive policy change. The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice amplifies the grassroots power and thought leadership of Latinas/xs across the country to fuel a larger reproductive justice movement.
California Latinas for Reproductive Justice is a statewide organization committed to honoring the experiences of Latinas/xs to uphold dignity, their bodies, sexuality, and families. They build Latinas’/xs’ power and cultivate leadership through community education, policy advocacy, and community-informed research to achieve reproductive justice.
The Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) is a community-rooted organization that works to enable Latinx individuals and their families to lead safe, healthy and self-determined lives. COLOR works to ensure that Latinx individuals and their families are accessing opportunities and resources for the health of mind, body, and spirit.
- Asian and Pacific Islander Resources
The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is the only organization focused on building power with AAPI women and girls to influence critical decisions that affect our lives, our families and our communities. Using a reproductive justice framework, NAPAWF elevates AAPI women and girls to impact policy and drive systemic change in the United States.
Khmer Girls in Action believes in the leadership of Southeast Asian youth to create social change. Their programming invests in and empowers Southeast Asian youth to become leaders in their community and their lives and they take a comprehensive approach to work with our members to ensure their holistic development.
The South Asia Reproductive Justice and Accountability Initiative (SARJAI) is a network of organizations, independent lawyers, and legal experts from the region working to advance reproductive rights. The network is committed to advance access to safe reproductive healthcare, secure legal recognition of women and girls’ reproductive rights, and hold governments accountable for their failure to guarantee such rights in law and policy.
- LGBTQIA+ Resources
The Queering Reproductive Justice Mini Toolkit is intended specifically for reproductive health, rights, and justice advocates who want to gain and further their understanding of repro* issues within an LGBTQ context
Medicaid as an LGBTQ Reproductive Justice Issue: A Primer is an educational resource intended to provide advocates and policy makers with information about the importance of the Medicaid program for LGBTQ people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming individuals and communities.
Transforming the Courts Through Intersectional Advocacy: A Queering Reproductive Justice Toolkit is intended to provide organizations with the resources necessary to frame their engagement and advocacy efforts using an intersectional framework. It includes a background and history of the reproductive justice principles we use to guide our work, our vision for a fair justice system, an introduction to intersectionality as a tool to achieve a fair justice system, and sample resources that represent intersectional advocacy around a specific nominee.
Six Tips for Making Your Conversations About Reproductive Rights More Trans-Inclusive is a preliminary list aimed at cisgender people to make discussions on reproductive health, abortion, and parenting more trans-inclusive and to gain a better sense of how trans people fit into this movement.
If You Really Care About Reproductive Justice, You Should Care About Transgender Rights! is a fact sheet created by the National Women's Law Center to discuss the need for comprehensive health care for transgender people and how this this work falls within the reproductive justice framework.
The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice.
Queeriods is a resource on how to include menstruators of all genders in public health messages about menstruation.
- Disability Resources
Sexuality and Disability is a website that starts with the premise that women who are disabled are sexual beings – just like any other woman. The website is constructed as a bunch of questions a woman with a disability might have – about her body, about the mechanics and dynamics of having sex, about the complexities of being in an intimate relationship or having children, and about unvoiced fears or experiences of encountering abuse in some form.
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities Special Interest Group on Sexual Health is meant to connect people in the AUCD network to each other, and to resources about disability and sexuality.
Neurodiversity and Reproductive Justice, a New Form of Feminism is an episode of the Espresso Series that covers how neurodiverse people are often left out of the Reproductive Justice conversation and how they are being exploited and degraded by the healthcare system.
Take Charge! A Reproductive Health Guide for Women with Disabilities will help readers understand reproductive rights and civil rights for people living with a disability.
In Their Own Words: Guidelines for Supporting the Health of Young People Experiencing Intellectual/Development Disabilities seeks to promote comprehensive sexuality education and support for young people who experience intellectual/developmental disabilities by working together to build the skills of parents/guardians, caregivers, support workers, teachers, health care providers and others to provide sexual health education and support to the young people in their lives.
- Additional Organizations and Resources
The Guttmacher Institute is a leading research and policy organization committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide.
ReproJobs believes in the radical possibility that organizations within the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements can lead the progressive movement by providing healthy, supportive, and empowering workplace environments that include inclusive cultures, generous policies, and thriving wages.
Sexual Health Includes Pleasure (SHIP) is a nonprofit organization that takes a multidimensional, social justice-oriented approach to sexual health and is dedicated to providing culturally inclusive, medically accurate, and pleasure-guided sexuality education, therapy, and professional training to adults.
If/When/How envisions a transformation of the legal systems and institutions that perpetuate oppression into structures that realize justice, and a future when all people can self-determine their reproductive lives free from discrimination, coercion, or violence.
The Polyamory Legal Advocacy Coalition (PLAC) is a multi-disciplinary coalition of academic and legal professionals. PLAC seeks to advance the civil and human rights of polyamorous individuals, communities, and families through legislative advocacy, public policy, and public education. These rights include the legal recognition of diverse relationship structures, such as multi-partner/multi-parent families, diverse family structures, and relationships involving consensual non-monogamy, and the end of discrimination based on relationship status.
The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) is committed to creating a political, legal and social environment in the US that advances equal rights for consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions.
- The Nap Ministry
The Nap Ministry is an organization that examines the liberating power of naps.
- A Radical Gratitude Spell
This is a poem and spell to cast upon meeting a stranger, comrade or friend working for social and/or environmental justice and liberation.
- Pregnancy and Lactation Support Services
The Women's Law Project Legal Navigator Program is focused on early intervention, education, and assistance to ensure more pregnant and lactating workers and students across Pennsylvania can protect their health and economic security with minimal disruption to work or school.
Do you need help understanding your student rights related to pregnancy and breastfeeding? Learn more here.
Do you need help understanding your workplace rights related to pregnancy and breastfeeding? Learn more here.
Additional Resources to Support and Uplift the Research Community
- Cite Black Authors
Cite Black Authors is an initiative that presents an opportunity to change the racial disparities that exist for Black researchers by valuing, representing, and uplifting Black scholarship in academic journals and books.
- Cite Black Women
Cite Black Women is a campaign aimed to push people to critically rethink the politics of knowledge production by engaging in a radical praxis of citation that acknowledges and honors Black women’s transnational intellectual production.