Special Interest Groups (SIGs) at the Society of Family Planning

SIGs are communities of practice focused on topics related to the science and clinical care of family planning. Participation in a SIG provides members with opportunities to establish and deepen relationships with colleagues in the field, build professional skills, and exchange ideas. SIGs also provide a platform for members to take on an active leadership role in the Society.

The Society defines a SIG as a member-led, open group of self-selected Society members sharing a common and defined interest and working towards shared goals. We expect these groups to be between 5-50 members in size, to enable intimate conversations and productive connection. 

Society members may join up to two SIGs in any year. To join a SIG, new members can indicate their interest on their membership application. Current members can join a SIG by emailing [email protected] with their name and the SIGs they are interested in joining. Requests may take up to one week to process.

Current Special Interest Groups

Current SIGS have been developed in response to members’ interests. The working descriptions of the SIGs, as well as their specific activities, will be shaped by members who join the SIGs, and the below descriptions are designed to provide a starting point for the SIG.

AdvocacyThis group is for members focused on advocating for evidence-based abortion and contraception practices and policies in the US. Topics discussed could be: legislative updates, current challenges and successes, and advocacy opportunities. 

Basic science: This group is for members looking to promote and support basic and applied research in contraception and abortion. Topics discussed could be: the basic science of reproductive health, biological processes that affect fertility and reproduction, and areas for future research. 

Early pregnancy assessment clinics (EPAC): This group is for members who are interested in creating a way for patients for find EPAC services in their communities in North America, and to provide the most up-to-date references for best patient practices and care.

Family medicine: This group is for members who work in the field of family medicine and are involved in the clinical care of family planning. Topics discussed could be: best practices and challenges, training needs, and trends related to family planning and abortion care in the context of family medicine. 

Medical educatorsThis group is for members involved in family planning through academic medical education, including undergraduate, graduate/doctoral, resident or fellowship levels. Topics discussed could be: best practices and new challenges, emerging research, and innovative content delivery. 

Research implementationThis group is for members who are interested in identifying and developing best practices for conducting family planning research. Topics discussed could be: best practices for recruitment, responding to IRB challenges, or approaching complex data analyses. 

Substance use disorders: This group is for members who are involved with or who are interested in improving the quality of and/or advocating for family planning care provided to individuals with substance use disorders. Topics discussed could be: emerging data and research, best practices, training needs, and access and referrals. 

Telehealth practitioners: This group is for members who are involved in the provision or advocacy for telehealth services. Topics discussed could be: legislative updates, current challenges and opportunities, emerging research, and best practices for provision of care.

Frequently asked questions

How and when do SIGs meet?

SIGs meet at the discretion of the SIG members and chair. These meetings occur via Zoom, and are expected to be held quarterly, at minimum. In addition, SIGs have the opportunity to meet at the Society Annual Meeting.

What are the roles and responsibilities of SIG members?

  • Attend the majority of the SIG’s meetings

  • Actively contribute to the activities of the SIG

  • Access the SIG community forum and participate in forum conversations

  • Review the SIG meeting minutes