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Julie Jenkins

Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing, Yale University
Chapter Member: Maine SSN, Connecticut SSN
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About Julie

Jenkins’ expertise lies in reproductive health, focusing on abortion and advanced practice clinician provision of care. A sexual and reproductive health nurse practitioner, as well as former lead plaintiff in ACLU litigation challenging Maine’s physician-only abortion law, Jenkins received her doctorate in nursing practice from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing- executive leadership track. Her research and writing centers abortion access, increasing abortion workforce and capacity, and uplifting the role of advanced practice clinicians in abortion care. Her work on this topic has been cited in a variety of venues, including Politico, Ms., Elle, and Al Jazeera. Jenkins currently works as a strategist and training program manager for a national non-profit focused on abortion provision. She consults for national reproductive health organizations on training, national practice guidelines, and policy and advocacy projects, and co-founded and co-directs a national abortion fund focused on abortion with pills. She is an experienced educator, speaker, and trainer.


In the News

Julie Jenkins quoted on addressing gaps in clinical training for nurses providing abortions by Alice Miranda Ollstein and Megan Messerly, "Blue States Expand Who Can Provide Abortions as They Brace for a Flood of Patients" Politico, May 17, 2022.
Julie Jenkins quoted on the benefits of allowing advanced practice clinicians to perform abortions in rural areas by Garnet Henderson, "There’s an Abortion Provider Shortage Across the U.S. Here’s How We Address It." Elle, November 18, 2021.
Guest to discuss abortion access in Maine on Le téléjournal avec Céline Galipeau, Julie Jenkins (with Sylvain Desjardins), June 11, 2019.
Interview on advanced practice clinicians' ability to perform abortions in Maine Julie Jenkins (with Rebecca Grant), Mother Jones, May 30, 2019.


"Midwifery and APRN Scope of Practice in Abortion Care in the Early Post-Roe Era: Everything Old Is New Again" (with Christie Pitney, Morgan Nuzzo, and Meghan Eagen‐Torkko). Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health 68, no. 6 (2023): 734-743.

Explores the rapid expansion of legal and legislative changes in abortion care provision for advanced practice clinicians (APCs), including nurse practitioners, midwives, and physician associates (formerly physician assistants). Argues that ongoing training and implementation efforts are necessary to achieve the community access and care that these legislative changes promised.

"Barriers and Facilitators to Nurses Addressing Social Needs and Associated Outcomes in the Ambulatory Setting in Adult Patients: Systematic Review" (with Carolyn L. Jackson, Elizabeth Hood, and Sarah L. Szanton). Journal of Advanced Nursing 79, no. 7 (2023): 2444-2455.

Examines the barriers and facilitators nurses experience in addressing social needs in the United States and the associated outcomes of addressing these needs in adults in the ambulatory care setting. Suggests that screening for social needs by nurses may impact outcomes by decreasing hospitalizations, decreasing emergency department utilization, and improving self-efficacy towards medical and social services navigation.

"Abortion With Pills: Review of Current Options in the United States" (with Faith Woodside, Katrina Lipinsky, Katherine Simmonds, and Leah Coplon). Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health 66, no. 6 (2021): 749-757.

Discusses the current landscape of abortion with pills in the United States, and emphasizes the need for providers to be aware of the various self-managed abortion approaches and the possible shifts in the future that may result due to the ongoing pandemic and the continuing erosion of access to abortion care and services.

"Health Impacts of Climate Change on Gender Diverse Populations: A Scoping Review" (with Katherine Simmonds, Bradley White, Patrice K. Nicholas, and Jessica Bell). Journal of Nursing Scholarship 54, no. 1 (2021): 81-91.

Reviews what is known about climate change health effects for gender diverse (GD) populations, and identifies gaps in research, practice, education, and policy. Findings show that climate change increases the risks of poor health outcomes that already exist for GD people. Argues that more research on the broad effects of climate change on GD populations is needed to inform practice and policy.