JaNelle Ricks receives Changemakers in Family Planning award

Research to focus on contraception, abortion care access, equity

JaNelle Ricks

JaNelle Ricks, assistant professor in the College of Public Health’s Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, received a national award from the Society of Family Planning to support her with training and mentorship to expand her expertise in sexual and gender minority health research.

As a member of the 2023 cohort of Changemakers in Family Planning, Ricks will focus on contraception and abortion care access and equity for sexual and gender minority communities with research examining health disparities and access to care. She will also study contraception and abortion care decision making and evaluate the role of trauma in the use of reproductive care. She will also continue to focus on the health of members of marginalized groups.

The Changemakers in Family Planning award aims to respond to institutionalized racism in the field of family planning by providing dedicated support for scholars of color to expand their research skills and expertise.