Higgins Wins Planning Grant for initiative “Supporting Reproductive, Infant, and Family Health in Wisconsin”

Jenny Higgins

Congratulations to Jenny Higgins and her collaborators for winning a two-year planning grant from an anonymous donor to support their initiative, “Supporting Reproductive, Infant, and Family Health in Wisconsin”! The $575K grant will allow them to develop a campus-wide initiative focusing on reproductive health research, healthcare access and delivery, policy evaluation, and communication to address critical needs in reproductive health and healthcare in Wisconsin. The project will also document reproductive health consequences to women and families created by recent legislation, clinic closures, and other changes in our state. The ultimate aims are twofold: first, to help all Wisconsin residents have the knowledge, access, and ability to prevent and terminate pregnancies as they see fit, thereby living with reproductive dignity, and second, to support healthy women, children, and families throughout the state.

The project is a collaboration between Jenny Higgins as PI (Center for Research on Gender and Women) together with Deborah Ethrenthal and Laurel Rice in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. It involves scholars from a wide range of units across campus including Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Medicine and Community Health, Population and Health Sciences, the Center for Research and Gender Studies, the LaFollette School of Public Affairs, Sociology, the Center for Demography and Ecology, the Institute for Research on Poverty, the School of Law, and the Applied Population Lab.