ANSIRH presentations and webinars

This page contains recent presentations, webinars, and Grand Rounds by ANSIRH staff (note that these are large video files and will take several minutes to load). Use the date links to review presentations chronologically or the links below those to review by category.

Grand Rounds presentations:

Abortion Stigma webinars:

Incidence of post-abortion complications and emergency department visits among 55,000 abortions covered by the California Medi-Cal Program

Ushma Upadhyay, PhD, MPH

January 28, 2014

January 28, 2014 presentation by Dr. Ushma Upadhyay

Using research to make policy change in abortion care in California

Tracy Weitz, PhD, MPA

December 10, 2013

December 10, 2013 presentation by Dr. Tracy Weitz

Abortion Stigma Webinar Series


February–June, 2013

ANSIRH and Ipas collaborated to host a monthly discussion with global and domestic experts on HIV, stigma, sexual stigma, and abortion stigma from February–June 2013. The stigma surrounding abortion plays a critical role in the social, medical, and legal marginalization of abortion care around the world. Stigma shames and silences women seeking abortions and providers, and is a major contributor to unsafe and often lethal conditions for women. Though stigma is pervasive and threatens women, it is only just beginning to be well understood. Speakers in these webinars provide frameworks for understanding stigma, a variety of tools for measuring stigma, and innovative ideas for reducing stigma worldwide.

The webinars are posted below, and we’d like to thank everyone who participated for helping to make it such a great series and for contributing to the discussion. As an example of the kind of conversations the series generated, see the twitter feed for the last webinar.

Abortion Stigma Webinar #5:
Abortion provider stigma

Lisa Harris, MD, PhD

June 11, 2013

Dr. Lisa Harris, professor at the University of Michigan, covers stereotypes of abortion providers as both technically and morally deficient, and shows the ways in which providers experience stigma at multiple levels—including in discourse, law and politics, institutions, and in patient encounters. She discusses the significance of abortion provider stigmatization for provider psychosocial well-being, abortion human resources, patient safety, and law and policy. Finally, she looks at how abortion provider stigma might be transcended, and the use of Contact Theory to address abortion provider stigma.

Abortion Stigma Webinar #4:
Getting past “homophobia”—Thinking more clearly about stigma, prejudice, and sexual orientation

Gregory M. Herek, PhD

May 14, 2013

Professor Gregory Herek, psychologist at UC Davis, introduced his conceptualization of Sexual Stigma (stigma based on minority sexual orientation) and discussed how this conceptualization informs stigma measurement. He also explored the application of Contact Theory and described how contact between heterosexuals and sexual minority individuals is associated with reductions in sexual prejudice.

Webinar: Getting past homophobia

Abortion Stigma Webinar #3:
Reducing mental health stigma

Patrick Corrigan, PsyD

April 9, 2013

Professor Patrick Corrigan, psychologist at Illinois Institute of Technology, presented his work on promising practices for reducing mental health stigma and his “Coming Out Proud” program. Special guest Renee Bracey-Sherman contributed her personal story of coming out about abortion. A recorded version of the webinar is unavailable, but these links provide more information:

Abortion Stigma Webinar #2:
Stigma, contact, and connection

Kate Cockrill, MPH

March 12, 2013

Kate Cockrill from ANSIRH presents her work on individual-level abortion stigma and findings from her recent study exploring how book clubs can help to reduce abortion stigma in the United States.

The video is in two parts. View the intro first and then the rest of the webinar below.

Webinar: Stigma, contact, and connection

Abortion Stigma Webinar #1:
Understanding and addressing abortion stigma

Leila Hessini, MA, MPH; Kristen M. Shellenberg, PhD, MPH

February 12, 2013

Leila Hessini and Kristen Shellenberg from Ipas present their conceptual model for stigma and provide an overview of their ongoing work on abortion stigma, including their recently developed scale to measure stigmatizing attitudes, beliefs and actions towards women who have an abortion.

Webinar: Understanding and addressing abortion stigma

The experience of seeking and receiving or being denied an abortion in the United States

Diana Greene Foster, PhD

December 13, 2011

Video starts at about the 8:45 mark

December 13, 2011 presentation by Dr. Diana Greene Foster

Mobilizing scientific arguments in the abortion debate

Tracy Weitz, PhD, MPA

November 29, 2011

Video starts at about the 8:40 mark

November 29, 2011 presentation by Dr. Tracy Weitz

Training and evaluating nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physician assistants as providers of early aspiration abortion in California

Tracy Weitz, PhD, MPA

November 30, 2010

Video starts at about the 1:50 mark

November 30, 2010 presentation by Dr. Tracy Weitz