Expanding Contraceptive Choice: A Webinar Series on Family Planning Methods: Fertility Awareness Methods

December 07, 2017

214 million women of reproductive age in developing regions who want to avoid pregnancy are not using a modern contraceptive method. Evidence suggests that expanding method choice, as well as information about available methods, can improve family planning access for women.

The Advancing Partners & Communities project, in collaboration with Family Planning 2020, the Implementing Best Practices initiative, and USAID's Office of Population and Reproductive Health, will host a webinar series to share information about various family planning methods.

The second webinar in this series: Fertility Awareness Methods, was on Thursday, December 7th, 2017, from 8:30–9:30 A.M. EST.

Presentations discussed fertility awareness methods and their in-country and programmatic experiences.

Further webinars are planned on hormonal injectables, intrauterine devices, and long-acting permanent methods.

Webinar Recording

Webinar Transcript (PDF, 120 KB)

Meet the Speakers:

Adrienne Allison, MA, MPA

Adrienne became passionate about contraception when she lived in Bangladesh. She studied demography at Georgetown University before joining USAID’s Office of Populational and Reproductive Health. She contributed to the 1988 Report of the Presidential Commission on HIV/AIDS and then designed USAID’s first grant program to build the capacity of NGOs to care for people with HIV/AIDS in their African health programs. Adrienne was vice-president of the Center for Population and Development for ten years and concurrently taught at George Washington University’s School of Public Health, and later, at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins. She directed Jhpiego’s Maternal and Neonatal Health Program before joining World Vision as the Senior Technical Advisor for Family Planning and Reproductive Health.
Presentation (PDF, 1.1 MB)

Dominick Shattuck, PhD

Dominick Shattuck, PhD works to push the rigor of public health research and advocate for the integration of impactful research findings. His work is informed by research and professional experiences including the development of family planning messages and game-based interventions in Nepal, assessment of medical provider counseling procedures in Kenya, and implementation of HIV incidence and social behavioral research projects with sex workers in Tanzania and Ethiopia. Additionally, Dominick has implemented studies and validated gender normative measures among men with multiple partners in Ghana and Tanzania and conducted prevention of mother to child transmission service delivery assessments in Rwanda. Dominick has championed the inclusion of men in reproductive health services. His advocacy for male inclusion in reproductive health was supported by projects where he coordinated the implementation of vasectomy services and monitoring systems, developed research articles, blogs and presentations, as well as established channels for interpersonal advocacy among donors and others public health professionals.
Presentation (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Dr. Chelsea B. Polis, PhD

Dr. Chelsea B. Polis is a Senior Research Scientist at the Guttmacher Institute. Her research has included work on contraceptive safety, effectiveness, choice, and acceptability. She has particular expertise on the relationship between hormonal contraceptive methods and HIV-related risks. She has also conducted research on abortion-related issues, multipurpose prevention technologies, measurement of infertility, correlations and impacts of perceived infertility, and other subjects in sexual and reproductive health. Dr. Polis earned a BA in medical anthropology from Brown University, and completed her PhD and postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she focused on reproductive health epidemiology. She previously served as Senior Epidemiological Advisor to the Office of Population and Reproductive Health at the United States Agency for International Development.
Presentation (PDF, 184 KB)

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