Melissa Goldin Evans

Postdoctoral Researcher, Tulane University
Chapter Member: New Orleans SSN
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Evans' research focuses on community health, perinatal health, contraceptive access, maternal and child health disparities, and equitable community-level solutions. Emphasizing her passion for reproductive health equity, Evans' dissertation pertained to measuring access to contraceptives among Louisiana women with Medicaid who were at risk of unintended pregnancies.


In Post-Roe Louisiana, Things Go From Bad to Worse for Teens

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"Contraceptive Provision by Obstetricians/Gynecologists in the US: Biases, Misperceptions, and Barriers to an Essential Reproductive Health Service" in Cognition, Risk, and Responsibility in Obstetrics: Anthropological Analyses and Critiques of Obstetricians’ Practice, edited by R, A Premkumar and Ashish Premkumar (New York: Berghahn Books, Forthcoming 2023).

Describes how OB/GYN biases and misperceptions are barriers to contraceptive access in the U.S.

"Delivering Health Information to Parents via a Theory-Informed SMS-Based Intervention: Development and Results from a Pilot Study" (with Julia Fleckman , Tylar T Williams, Stephanie M Tokarz, and Katherine P Theall). Maternal and Child Health Journal 1 (2022): 49-57.

Discusses the utility of a text-based health program for low-income parents of children in an early childhood education center.

"State Abortion Policies and Maternal Death in the US, 2015–2018" (with Clare Daniel, Dovile Vilda , Maeve E Wallace, Charles Stoecker , and Katherine P Theall). American Journal of Public Health 111, no. 9 (2021): 1696-1704.

Shows how state abortion policies impact maternal death in the U.S.

"Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC) Utilization After Policy Change Increasing Device Reimbursement to Wholesale Acquisition Cost in Louisiana" (with Stephanie Broyles , Brittni Frederiksen, Rebekah E Gee, Stephen Phillippi, Melinda Sothern , Katherine P Theall, and Joan Wightkin). American Journal of Obstetrics of Gynecology 221, no. 2 (2019).

Mentions how long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) uptake and provision increased in Louisiana following a policy change that increased the reimbursement rate for LARCs.

"The Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights and Adverse Birth Outcomes. Women’s Health Issues, 27(2), 121-128." (with Maeve Ellen Wallace and Katherine Theall). Women's Health Issues 27, no. 2 (2017): 121-128.

Describes how state reproductive health policies impacts birth outcomes.