October 20–22 
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Guttmacher Institute will be participating in the 2018 North American Forum on Family Planning (The Forum) this week. The Forum is an annual event that is jointly produced by Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Society of Family Planning, and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. The annual meeting will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana from Saturday, October 20 to Monday, October 22, and will bring together clinicians, social scientists, researchers, attorneys, advocates, students and other partners. Guttmacher experts will be presenting at four sessions at this year’s Forum. 

The Institute will also be promoting new research at our exhibit booth. Stop by to meet Guttmacher staff, and pick up a selection of recent publications along with some 50th anniversary swag! 

Guttmacher Participation
Guttmacher staff are indicated in bold below.

Saturday, October 20
Toward a person-centered rationale for publicly funded family planning
12:45P.M.–1:45P.M.

  • Abigail R.A. Aiken, MD, PhD, MPH
  • Christine Dehlendorf, MD, MAS 
  • Monica McLemore, PhD, MPH, RN
  • Cassondra Marshall, DrPH, MPH 
  • Moderator: Kinsey Hasstedt, MPH

The case for U.S. publicly funded family planning programs can no longer rely solely on evidence of unintended pregnancies averted and cost savings. This session will instead explore the importance of advancing individuals’ reproductive quality of life and reproductive autonomy, as well as reproductive health equity and justice.

The R in LARC: Are we delivering on the promised reversibility of long-acting reversible contraception?
4:45P.M.–5:45P.M.

  • Rebecca Callahan, PhD, MPH 
  • Megan M. Christofield, MPH 
  • Liza Fuentes, DrPH, MPH 
  • Lisa Stern, RN, MSN, MA 
  • Moderator: Anu M. Gomez, PhD 

This session presents results from studies and interventions regarding facilitators and barriers to patients’ desired Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC) removal. Attendees will be (re)acquainted with key reproductive justice and patient-centered contraceptive counseling concepts and guided through case studies in order to critically examine policy and clinical barriers and facilitators to LARC removal.

Sunday, October 21
Reconciling person-centered and reproductive justice perspectives with public health and clinical priorities
10:30A.M. - 11:30A.M.

This panel discusses the evolving tension in family planning research and practice between a focus on addressing traditional public health and clinical outcomes, such as unintended pregnancy, and an emphasis on reproductive autonomy and attention to the intersectional experience of reproduction. Strategies for reconciling these approaches will be addressed.

Monday, October 22
How to choose the best study design for your research question
9:00A.M.–10:00A.M.

In this session, we will review different study designs with a focus on choosing the best method to answer your research question. Panelists will discuss qualitative research, survey research, and innovative comparative effectiveness methodologies such as partial preference cohort studies and delayed time-trend analyses.