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Anu Manchikanti Gómez

Associate Professor of Social Welfare, University of California-Berkeley

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About Anu Manchikanti

Gomez's research focus on social and structural determinants of reproductive self-determination, including a focus on contraceptive access and birth equity. Gomez's community-centered research seeks to foreground the perspectives of under-resourced communities. Her current projects include a national study to develop person-centered metrics of contraceptive access, evaluation of a community doula program in San Francisco, and evaluation of the Abundant Birth Project, the first unconditional income supplement program for pregnant people in the US. Gomez currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ibis Reproductive Health.

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Anu Manchikanti Gómez's research on the effects of pharmacist-prescribed birth control laws discussed by Ronnie Cohen, "Few California Pharmacists Prescribing Birth Control," Reuters, December 15, 2017.
Anu Manchikanti Gómez's research on birth control discussed by Soumya Karlamangla, "Pharmacies Now Can Offer Birth Control to Women without a Prescription, but Few Do," Los Angeles Times, December 13, 2017.
Anu Manchikanti Gómez quoted on family planning by Dani McClain, "Long-Acting Contraception Makes Teen Pregnancy Rates Plummet. So Why are Some Women Still Skeptical?" The Nation, October 28, 2015.

Publications

"Availability of Pharmacist-Prescribed Contraception in California, 2017" JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association (2017).

Estimates the availability of pharmacist-furnished hormonal contraception in California one year after the release of the contraception protocol following the passage of Senate Bill 493. Results suggest that opt-in legislation such as SB 493 may face lengthy timelines for and limited levels of implementation.

"‘Is That a Method of Birth Control?’ A Qualitative Exploration of Young Women’s Use of Withdrawal" (with Stephanie Arteaga). Journal of Sex Research 53 (2016): 626-632.

Explores the motivations for and circumstances in which withdrawal (aka the pullout method) is used. Finds that reasons for use include filling in a gap between switching methods, dissatisfaction with condoms and hormonal methods, and wanting to feel more intimacy with and express commitment to partners.

"Women or LARC First? Reproductive Autonomy and the Promotion of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive Methods" (with Liza Fuentes and Amy Allina). Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 46, no. 3 (2014): 171-175.

Argues that efforts to promote use of IUDs and implants, particularly among vulnerable women, must be contextualized within history and systems of inequity. Discusses how while we applaud increased access to these methods, we advocated for patient-centeredness in family planning care and programs, rather than one-size-fits-all approaches that privilege contraceptive effectiveness above all other needs.