ANSIRH—Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health

Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health—ANSIRH—works to ensure that reproductive health care and policy are grounded in evidence. ANSIRH’s multi-disciplinary team includes clinicians, researchers and scholars in the fields of sociology, demography, anthropology, medicine, nursing, public health, and law. ANSIRH is a program of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health.




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  • We've just updated our calendar of events. If you haven't checked it out before, you should! It's a comprehensive list of conferences related to reproductive health, and a good way to keep up to date on deadlines for submitting abstracts.

    ANSIRH calendar of events

  • ANSIRH has just released new clinical guidelines on ultrasound viewing, providing tools to facilitate patient-provider conversations during ultrasounds and create a context where women’s choices are normalized, their concerns validated, and their feelings addressed.

    ANSIRH's clinical guidelines on ultrasound viewing, providing tools to facilitate patient-provider conversations

  • ANSIRH's Carole Joffe, PhD, released her latest book, Reproduction and Society: Interdisciplinary Readings, on September 15, 2014. Read about this collection of essays, edited by Joffe and Jennifer Reich, PhD.

    cover of Reproduction and Society by Carole Joffe and Jennifer Reich

  • ANSIRH is seeking a new Director, which will be a faculty position within the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. Read the job description.

    ANSIRH is seeking a new Director, which is a faculty position in reproductive health at UCSF

  • Diana Taylor, PhD, RN, NP, honored with inaugural Hysterical Hero Award from the Women's Community Clinic for her tireless efforts to better women's lives throughout her career.

    Dr. Diana Taylor honored by Women's Community Clinic with inaugural Hysterical Hero Award

  • ANSIRH Director Tracy Weitz is the recipient of the 2013 Steinem-Waters Legacy Award, one of Choice USA’s annual Generation 2 Generation Awards. The award will be presented on July 19, 2013 at the Generation 2 Generation Celebration & Awards....

    Dr. Tracy Weitz, ANSIRH Director

  • Gov. Jerry Brown signed law removing barriers to abortion provision for nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants—providing more comprehensive reproductive health care for women throughout California.

    California State Capitol

  • ANSIRH researcher and faculty member Carole Joffe was awarded the Society of Family Planning Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors “outstanding individuals whose cumulative research has reached the highest level of importance in the field”...

    Carole Joffe, PhD, is a professor at ANSIRH and a professor of sociology emerita at the University of California, Davis.

Key Programs

Turnaway Study. A look at the consequences of abortion for women who have an unwanted pregnancy. Read more…
Primary Care Initiative. Research into policy changes that would allow a broad range of clinicians to provide first-trimester aspiration abortion as a component of primary health care. Read more…