Ryan Curriculum Reading List

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Ryan Curriculum Reading List


Ryan Curriculum sessions are held *in person* Mondays at 7:00 am



*New* Ryan Curriculum



Module 1: an introduction to reproductive justice


Learning Objectives:

  • Define the concepts of health equity, justice, structural racism, reproductive oppression, and intersectionality.
  • Describe the theoretical framework of reproductive justice, and differentiate this from reproductive health and reproductive rights.
  • Summarize the history of injustices and reproductive oppression in obstetrics and gynecology as well as specifically in abortion and contraception care for marginalized communities, and understand how the legacy of reproductive oppression affects contemporary clinical care, research, and advocacy.
  • Consider how a reproductive justice framework would directly apply to your practice and how this framework could be operationalized in clinical care, research, and advocacy.


Required Assignments:




VIDEO presentations


 Supplemental Resources:






  • Choo E. The James Marion Sims Problem: How Doctors Can Avoid Whitewashing Medicine’s Racist History. NBCNews.com. Published July 23, 2019. Accessed May 2023. https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/james-marion-sims-problem-how-doctors-can-avoid-whitewashing-medicine-ncna880816
  • Prather C, Fuller TR, Jeffries WL, et al. Racism, African American Women, and Their Sexual and Reproductive Health: A Review of Historical and Contemporary Evidence and Implications for Health Equity. Health Equity. 2018;2(1):249-259. doi:10.1089/heq.2017.0045
  • Downey MM, Gómez AM. Structural Competency and Reproductive Health. AMA Journal of Ethics. 2018;20(3):211-223. doi:10.1001/journalofethics.2018.20.3.peer1-1803
  • Romero D, Agénor M. US Fertility Prevention as Poverty Prevention. An Empirical Question and Social Justice Issue. Women’s Health Issues. 2009;19(6):355-364. doi:10.1016/j.whi.2009.08.004
  • Dehlendorf C, Harris LH, Weitz TA. Disparities in Abortion Rates: A Public Health Approach. Am J Public Health. 2013;103(10):1772-1779. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301339
  • Downing RA, LaVeist TA, Bullock HE. Intersections of Ethnicity and Social Class in Provider Advice Regarding Reproductive Health. Am J Public Health. 2007;97(10):1803-1807. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2006.092585
  • Rosenthal L, Lobel M. Gendered Racism and the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Black and Latina Women. Ethn Health. 2020;25(3):367-392. doi:10.1080/13557858.2018.1439896
  • Harris LH, Wolfe T. Stratified Reproduction, Family Planning Care and the Double Edge of History. Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2014;26(6):539-544. doi:10.1097/GCO.0000000000000121
  • Reproductive Justice Exhibit Planning Team. Birthing Reproductive Justice: 150 Years of Images and Ideas. University of Michigan Library. Accessed May 2023. https://www.lib.umich.edu/online-exhibits/exhibits/show/reproductive-justice
  • Metzl JM, Roberts DE. Structural Competency Meets Structural Racism: Race, Politics, and the Structure of Medical Knowledge. AMA Journal of Ethics. 2014;16(9):674-690. doi:10.1001/virtualmentor.2014.16.9.spec1-1409
  • Ford CL, Airhihenbuwa CO. Critical Race Theory, Race Equity, and Public Health: Toward Antiracism Praxis. Am J Public Health. 2010;100(S1):S30-S35. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2009.171058
  • National Women’s Law Center, Law Students for Reproductive Justice. If You Really Care About Reproductive Justice, You Should Care About Transgender Rights! Published September 2015. Accessed May 2023. https://nwlc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/rj_and_transgender_fact_sheet.pdf
  • Gilliam ML, Neustadt A, Gordon R. A Call to Incorporate a Reproductive Justice Agenda into Reproductive Health Clinical Practice and Policy. Contraception. 2009;79(4):243-246. doi:10.1016/j.contraception.2008.12.004
  • Gomez AM, Fuentes L, Allina A. Women or LARC First? Reproductive Autonomy and the Promotion of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive Methods. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2014;46(3):171-175. doi:10.1363/46e1614







  • Vedam S, Stoll K, Taiwo TK, et al. The Giving Voice to Mothers Study: Inequity and Mistreatment During Pregnancy and Childbirth in the United States. Reproductive Health. 2019;16(1):77. doi:10.1186/s12978-019-0729-2
  • Mingus M. Disabled Women and Reproductive Justice. In: Reproductive Justice Briefing Book: A Primer on Reproductive Justice and Social Change. The Sistersong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective and the Pro-Choice Public Education Project; 2007:46-47. Accessed May 2023.
  • Pages 46-47 only: https://www.protectchoice.org/downloads/Reproductive%20Justice%20Briefing%20Book.pdf
  • Lockhart PR. What Serena Williams’s Scary Childbirth Story Says About Medical Treatment of Black Women. Vox. Published January 11, 2018. Accessed May 2023. https://www.vox.com/identities/2018/1/11/16879984/serena-williams-childbirth-scare-black-women
  • Newkirk II VR. America’s Health Segregation Problem. The Atlantic. Published May 18, 2016. Accessed May 2023. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/05/americas-health-segregation-problem/483219/
  • Dehlendorf C, Ruskin R, Grumbach K, et al. Recommendations for Intrauterine Contraception: A Randomized Trial of the Effects of Patients’ Race/Ethnicity and Socioeconomic Status. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2010;203(4):319.e1-319.e8. doi:10.1016/j.ajog.2010.05.009
  • Thorburn S, Bogart LM. African American Women and Family Planning Services: Perceptions of Discrimination. Women Health. 2005;42(1):23-39. doi:10.1300/J013v42n01_02
  • Wingo E, Ingraham N, Roberts SCM. Reproductive Health Care Priorities and Barriers to Effective Care for LGBTQ People Assigned Female at Birth: A Qualitative Study. Women’s Health Issues. 2018;28(4):350-357. doi:10.1016/j.whi.2018.03.002
  • Moseson H, Zazanis N, Goldberg E, et al. The Imperative for Transgender and Gender Nonbinary Inclusion. Obstet Gynecol. 2020;135(5):1059-1068. doi:10.1097/AOG.0000000000003816
  • Kalpakjian CZ, Kreschmer JM, Slavin MD, et al. Reproductive Health in Women with Physical Disability: A Conceptual Framework for the Development of New Patient-Reported Outcome Measures. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2020;29(11):1427-1436. doi:10.1089/jwh.2019.8174





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