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Access to Care and Use of Health Services by Low-Income Women

This article, by Ruth Almeida and Lisa Dubay of the Urban Institute and Grace Ko of Brown University, examines the effect of insurance on low-income women’s access to care and use of health services. Using the 1997 National Survey of America’s Families, it examines access to health care for three…

Access to Care for Low-Income Women: The Impact of Medicaid

Health coverage is of critical importance to low-income women. This study was undertaken to assess how low-income women with Medicaid, private insurance, or no insurance vary with regard to personal characteristics, health status, and health utilization. Data are from a telephone interview survey of a representative cross-sectional sample of 5,200…

Promoting Access to Prenatal Care: Lessons from the California Experience (Report)

Improving access to prenatal care has been a public policy priority in the United States for the past 15 years. This report, prepared for the Kaiser Family Foundation by Paula Braveman, M.D. of the University of California, San Francisco and others, examines the impact of the Medicaid pregnancy-related expansions and reforms in California on the use of prenatal care during the late 1980s and 1990s.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases in the U.S.

This fact sheet is an update on sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S. It includes information of public attitudes and provider practices, knowledge and awareness as well as detailed information on specific bacterial and Viral STDs. Fact Sheet

Soap Operas and Sexual Activity

A study tracking and analyzing how sexual activity and messages related to contraception, unplanned pregnancy, and HIV prevention are communicated in several of the top-rated daytime soap operas.Report:

Sexuality, Poverty and the Inner City

Elijah Anderson, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, and Patricia Lynn Stern, both of the University of Pennsylvania, explore teen sexuality from the perspectives of youth in two very different Philadelphia communities: an inner-city black neighborhood and a predominantly white working class one. Seminar participants consider how issues such as race, religion,…

National Survey on Public Perceptions about Contraception

A national random-sample telephone survey conducted between January 19-21, 1996 on Americans perceptions of the risks and benefits associated with oral contraceptives, or The Pill. The survey finds that many American men and women have at least some concerns about the safety of oral contraceptives. These findings were presented at…

Improving the Use of Contraceptives: The Challenge Continues

Researchers, clinicians, and policymakers examine the challenge of improving contraceptive use in the United States through a look at patient-provider relationships, currently available methods of contraception, the needs of special populations, and promising intervention and communication strategies. This article was part of those published as a special supplement to Obstetrics…

Is There Room for Conscience without Compromising Access? Are Affiliations Between Religious and Secular Health Care Organizations Threatening Access?

These resources were prepared for a briefing held for journalists in New York City on November 4, 1997 in New York City as part of a joint program by The Alan Guttmacher Institute, The Kaiser Family Foundation and the National Press Foundation. This program focused on mergers, acquisitions, consolidations, joint ventures, and other affiliations between Catholic and non-Catholic hospitals and health systems and the effect these affiliations have on access to reproductive health services.