Special interest groups

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are communities of practice focused on topics related to abortion and contraception science and clinical care. 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 assume an active leadership role in the Society.

SIGs are open to all active members. To join a SIG, email [email protected] with your name and the SIGs you are interested in joining. 

Society members can view and register for upcoming SIG virtual meetings using the Society Connect events calendar.

Current Special Interest Groups


Adolescent sexual and reproductive health 
Co-chairs: Julie Maslowsky, PhD; Andrea Hoopes, MD, MPH
This group is for members looking to discuss the specific needs of adolescents with regards to sexual and reproductive health care, including contraception, abortion, and reproductive justice. 

Next meeting November 17, 2022 at 12 PM PT/3 ET (Virtual). Register here. 


Advocacy 
Co-chairs: Daniela Mansbach, PhD; Pratima Gupta, MD, MPH 
This 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. 

Next meeting December 3, 2022 at 12:05 PM ET (Annual Meeting Luncheon). Join waitlist.


Black, Indigenous, and people of color
Co-chairs: Gabriela Aguilar, MD, MPH; Michael Belmonte, MD; Josephine Urbina, MD 
This group is for members who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). Topics include community building and networking, URiM pipelines (including but not limited to increasing diversity in the Complex Family Planning Fellowship), mentorship, and other collaborative efforts to diversify the membership, leadership, research, guidelines, and policies of the Society of Family Planning. We encourage all BIPOC members to join and be part of our growing community. 
Next meeting December 4, 2022 at 1:20 PM ET (Annual Meeting Luncheon). Join waitlist.

Early pregnancy assessment clinics (EPAC)
Co-chairs: Helen Pymar, MD, MPH; Jade Shorter, MD, MSHP
This group is for members interested in strategies for increasing patient access to EPAC services in their communities in North America, and to provide up-to-date references for best patient practices and care. 

Next meeting December 4, 2022 at 1:20 PM ET (Annual Meeting Luncheon). Join waitlist.


Family medicine
Chair: Katelyn Steele, MD
This group is for members who work in family medicine and are involved in the clinical care of abortion and contraception. 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. 

Next meeting December 4, 2022 at 1:20 PM ET (Annual Meeting Luncheon). Join waitlist.


Medical educators
Co-chairs: Kristyn Brandi, MD, MPH; Jennifer Salcedo, MD, MPH, MPP
This group is for members involved in the education of future health care providers, including members in academic medical education at the undergraduate, graduate/doctoral, and residency/fellowship levels. This also includes nurses and advanced practice clinicians involved in medical education, PhD/DrPH/researchers, and educators in non-academic settings. We encourage educators of all types to participate, where we discuss the challenges of training the next generation of clinicians and researchers in the family planning field, best practices, and innovative content.
Next meeting October 26, 2022 at 3 PM PT/6 PM ET (Virtual). Register here.

Research implementation
Co-chairs: Rana Barar, MPH; Ruvani Jayaweera, PhD, MPH
This group is for members interested in identifying and developing best practices fort delivery. conducting abortion and contraception research. Topics discussed include best practices for recruitment, responding to IRB challenges, and approaching complex data analyses. 
Next meeting October 27, 2022 at 1 PM PT/4 ET (Virtual) Register here.

Substance use disorders
Co-chairs: Sarah Roberts, DrPH, MPH; Elisabeth Woodhams, MD, MSc
This group is for members interested in improving the quality of and/or advocating for abortion and contraception care provided to individuals with substance use disorders. Topics discussed include emerging data and research, best practices, training needs, and access and referrals. 

Next meeting December 4, 2022 at 1:20 PM ET (Annual Meeting Luncheon). Join waitlist.


Telehealth practitioners
Co-chairs: Angela Chen, MD, MPH; Dana Northcraft, JD; Rajita Patil, MD, FACOG
This group is for members who are involved in the provision of or advocacy for telehealth services. Topics discussed include legislative updates, current challenges and opportunities, emerging research, and best practices for the provision of care.

Next meeting December 3, 2022 at 12:05 PM ET (Annual Meeting Luncheon). Join waitlist.