Family Planning Working Group


The Family Planning Working Group aims to serve as a resource for those interested in both domestic and international family planning research by providing a forum to create new collaborations and a resource for graduate and medical students, residents and fellows looking for research projects in the field of family planning.

The working group critiques work, makes informal presentations about ongoing research, reviews CRFs, and provides other general research assistance. It also creates bridges between domestic and international researchers that may result in global-to-local initiatives.

Fall Quarter 2017 dates coming soon

Renee Heffron

Renee Heffron, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Global Health, Epidemiology


Alison Roxby, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor
Global Health, Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Details to come

Breakfast with WACh Lecture

The Working Group invited Dr. Elizabeth Bukusi, MBChB, M.Med, MPH, PhD, PGD, MBE, CIP, FAAS, to present on priority research areas for family planning in Kenya. The event was held in April 2017.

Dr. Bukusi is a Chief Research Officer and was the Deputy Director Research and Training at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) from 2011 to 2016. Her primary areas of interest in research focus on sexually transmitted infections, reproductive health, and HIV prevent, care and treatment.


Family Planning Mini-Symposium

In December 2016, the Working Group held a mini-symposium. University of Washington family planning researchers and physicians were invited to present research updates on novel family planning methods, microbiome and immunology, and mobile health (mHealth).