For five years, a women-led study team at OCHIN examined the essential role community health centers (health centers) in the United States play in connecting women to quality reproductive health care. They also studied the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on access to comprehensive preventive, contraceptive, and pregnancy-related care, comparing Medicaid expansion states to non-expansion states across the country.
Through quantitative analyses using ADVANCE electronic health records and community data, and qualitative interviews with patients and providers, OCHIN and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) researchers produced six peer-reviewed articles within the EVERYWOMAN project. In summary, their work found that policies that fund health centers and expand coverage for reproductive health services in primary care settings are effective ways to ensure ongoing access to equitable reproductive health care. This is especially critical for health center patients who already face economic and systemic barriers to care.
Read more about the EVERYWOMAN study below, or contact Project Director Anna Templeton to learn more: firstname.lastname@example.org.