9/22//2021

 

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In This Issue...

  1. Provider/Activist     5. Online Privacy          9. Hispanic Heritage     13. Pregnant/Vaccine
  2. Legal Defense          6. APC Cluster            10. Doula Training          14. Covid/Pregnant
  3. 'Abortion Sermon'   7. CHOICES Fellows   11. Babies/Syphilis         15. Lactation/Jail
  4. Join Us!                    8. Midwives/SMA         12. Congenital Syphilis  16. Jobs

                                                             (And more!)



Opinion: Why I violated Texas’s extreme abortion ban

Alan Braid is a physician who provides abortion care in San Antonio.

"Newly graduated from the University of Texas medical school, I began my obstetrics and gynecology residency at a San Antonio hospital on July 1, 1972.

At the time, abortion was effectively illegal in Texas — unless a psychiatrist certified a woman was suicidal. If the woman had money, we’d refer her to clinics in Colorado, California or New York. The rest were on their own. Some traveled across the border to Mexico.

At the hospital that year, I saw three teenagers die from illegal abortions. One I will never forget. When she came into the ER, her vaginal cavity was packed with rags. She died a few days later from massive organ failure, caused by a septic infection."

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"For me, it is 1972 all over again.

And that is why, on the morning of Sept. 6, I provided an abortion to a woman who, though still in her first trimester, was beyond the state’s new limit. I acted because I had a duty of care to this patient, as I do for all patients, and because she has a fundamental right to receive this care."

Those two excerpts were from Dr. Braid's op-ed, posted four days ago on the Washington Post. You've probably already read it. If not, take the time to read and/or listen to the words of an activist provider.

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See also: Two lawsuits filed against Texas doctor who violated abortion ban could test law's constitutionality
(Madlin Mekelburg | Austin American Statesman | September 20, 2021)


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"Supporting the legal costs of frontline workers and doctors who could be sued under the new Texas anti-abortion law is crucial for them to continue providing essential healthcare.

Proceeds from this fund will be used to support an indemnification fund to protect frontline workers and medical professionals who could be sued under the new Texas anti-abortion law, SB 8."

Consider making a donation to the fund. And, check out the Deeds Not Words website -- they're working on several important campaigns, and there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved!

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The Good Friday Abortion Sermon; or, Why I Study Abortion History

"Sometime around 2012, at a Good Friday service at the church my family had belonged to since before I was born, the pastor gave a sermon on abortion. The story he told was the classic pro-life narrative of a brave mother who, being informed that carrying her most recent pregnancy to term would lead to her own death, chose to sacrifice herself for the life of her child. This mother’s sacrifice, Pastor Ken said, was the same as Christ’s sacrifice on the cross: a gift based in love, for the salvation of a powerless child. In the story as he told it, the mother’s choice was also, like Christ’s, a foregone conclusion. After all, his unstated implication said, what other choice could a Christian mother have?"

That was the beginning of R.E. Fulton's story, posted yesterday on Nursing Clio. Keep going... If she piqued your interest...

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NSRH Membership is Open!

We have a fully-launched Membership Program for NSRH! The program welcomes nursing students (at schools with or without a chapter), nurse professionals, emeritus or retired nurses, non-nurse professionals (lawyers, birth workers, advocates, etc.) and non-nursing students (MPH, MSW, etc.). NSRH Membership makes space for our community to learn, engage with each other, and advocate so that ALL patients have equitable access to comprehensive care.

Find out more! Visit Join NSRH Membership. Questions? If you're a professional, contact Nikki, our Director of Membership. Students can contact Rosie, our Student Engagement Coordinator, to learn more about free membership opportunities.

To get the most up-to-date information on the launch, follow us on social media:
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Please spread the word, and thanks!

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September 23, 6pm ET | Online Privacy for SHR Advocates

Sign up to participate in NSRH’s first member-only event on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 6pm ET | 3pm PT with the Digital Defense Fund to learn about the unique ways nurses and healthcare providers can keep themselves digitally secure while engaging in SRH advocacy. Register now as the first 20 members to register AND attend will receive free YubiKeys.

You must be an NSRH member to attend this event. If you're not a member, apply to join today!

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September 29, 7:30pm ET | APC Cluster: Telemedicine Abortion Talk

Join us on Thursday, September 29th at 7:30pm ET (4:30pm PT) as we welcome speakers from Just the Pill, Choix and Abortion on Demand who will share how they're expanding access with telemedicine abortion care.

Please note this event is open only to the APC community, including students working toward advanced practice credentials. You must RSVP to access the Zoom meeting link.

RSVP HERE

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CHOICES Midwifery Fellowship Application Launch!

"CHOICES is beginning to accept applications for our first class in the midwifery fellowship. With less than 750 Black midwives in the United States, we are committed to offering this important training opportunity for new midwives to practice in the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health.  Please share the announcement below far and wide!"

To learn more about the fellowship and to apply, please visit https://memphischoices.org/fellowship-for-black-midwives/.


P.S. Click on the photo to check out a story on the fellowship that was posted on the Daily Memphian!

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The Critical Role of Midwives in Safe Self-Managed Abortion

 

Abstract

"As access to legal abortion in the United States becomes more complex, there is increasing interest in self-managed abortion. Choosing to seek abortion care outside the clinical setting can also help people marginalized or harmed by existing health care systems to access needed care in a way that feels safe and empowering. However, patients and midwives alike often have a lack of information about expected outcomes and potential complications that may arise, as well as how to manage these in a health care system that may make appropriate follow-up difficult to access if needed. This article discusses patient education as a harm-reduction approach, and reviews ways that midwives may strategically and ethically participate in this patient education need. As trusted health care providers who are expert in pregnancy and reproductive health, midwives are ideally positioned to meet patient knowledge needs around self-managed abortion."

That was from an article by Meghan Eagen-Torkko CNM, ARNP, PhD and Susan Yanow MSW, LICSW (Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, first published 21 September 2021). Both Meghan and Susan are on the NSRH Board of Directors, and they continue to amaze us! If you're an ACNM Member, use this link to access the full article.

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Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month

Yes, We're Calling It Hispanic Heritage Month And We Know It Makes Some Of You Cringe
(Vanessa Romo | NPR | September 17, 2021)

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"The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) is a Texas-based nonprofit providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees. Most recently, Haitian immigrants in Texas are under attack as the state speeds up deportations. Send a letter to ICE demanding that immigrants in detention be released from inhumane conditions and reunited with their families." (The Nation | September 21, 2021)

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From the San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition 

September 25, 10am PT | “Las Dos Cosas” vs. Exclusive Breastfeeding: Implementing A Culturally and Linguistic Intervention In Latinx Mothers

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YOGA FOR LOWER BACK RELIEF – 3 BACKBENDS

by Carol Trevor

"The way they help with lower back pain is to literally counter the all-too-common posture of slouching/rounding/collapsing in the lower back when sitting for long periods, driving, lifting, bending over etc. This compromises the intervertebral discs and musculature of the back, particularly in the lumbar region. The soft tissues become strained, over-stretched and weak. The front of the body also suffers: we experience a collapsing in the chest (and heart centre) with a rounding of the shoulders."
Editor's note: These 'backbends' have helped me a lot, so I wanted to share them with you.

 From Our Allies at SisterSong + The Atlanta Doula Collective

September 24-26 | Advanced Doula Skills: Continuing Ed for Birth Workers

"SisterSong is proud to work with the Atlanta Doula Collective to host an “Advanced Doula Skills Virtual Training” as a continuing education training for current birth workers. This training is designed to educate participants with fundamental knowledge about baseline health parameters. Participation is based on application approval. Each participant receives a full scholarship to the 3-day training, a Wellness Tool Kit and a personal copy of “When Birth Calls, Developing your Inner Birth Worker” by Sekesa Berry." 

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Babies With Syphilis: A Catastrophic Failure Of
The US Health Care System

"About 20 years ago, rates of syphilis were at all-time lows. To stimulate further progress, the CDC launched an intensive national effort to eliminate syphilis infection by invigorating traditional public health approaches, including enhanced health promotion activities and strengthened community involvement and partnerships. Unfortunately, following initial reductions in syphilis among women and congenital syphilis among infants, progress halted as the epidemiology and affected risk groups changed and sociocultural challenges (such as poverty, racism, and homophobia) persisted; rates have steadily increased since."

That was from Leandro Mena's piece, posted on the Health Affairs Blog last week. Find out more about the reasons for the astronomical increase in congenital syphilis cases, as well as the author's recommendations for going back to a public health approach. Also, check out the CAPTC | CDPH webinar (below).

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September 28, 12pm PT | Congenital Syphilis Prevention Update for Family Planning and Primary Care Providers

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Mississippi health officials warn some pregnant women have been denied COVID vaccine despite ongoing surge

Eight pregnant women in Mississippi have died of COVID-19 since late July.

"Just 25% of pregnant people in the United States between the ages of 18 and 49 are currently vaccinated with at least one dose, according to data through Sept. 11 compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The decision to not get vaccinated has resulted in a growing number of pregnant people ending up in intensive care wards, many severely ill with COVID-19. This worrisome uptick has been particularly evident in Mississippi, where state health officials have been sounding the alarm not only about the influx of fetal and maternal deaths, but also about several reports of pregnant women being turned away from getting the shot. 

"Some of the patients had reported to us that they had gone to be vaccinated, and were turned away because they were pregnant. Those were people who were just sharing their experiences at pharmacies and other areas around the state," Dr. Michelle Owens, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at University of Mississippi Medical Center, told ABC News."

That was from a story by Arielle Mitropoulos, posted last week on ABC News. Find out more about this troubling state of affairs. And check out the CA Preterm Birth Initiative webinar (below).

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From California Preterm Birth Initiative | UCSF

September 30, 12-1:30 PT | COVID-19, Birth Outcomes, and Vaccinations: A Public Dialogue Led by Community Voices



"New research on COVID-19's impact on birth outcomes is emerging. The latest findings indicate that COVID-19 infection is related to an increased risk for preterm birth, and that those infected have a higher risk of hospitalization and death from the virus than do non-pregnant people.


Although we are starting to have a clearer picture of COVID-19 and birth outcomes, pregnant people’s opinions about COVID-19, its impact on birth outcomes, and vaccination vary widely. For our September Collaboratory, we are forging a space for authentic dialogue. By crowdsourcing perspectives about the virus and the vaccine from a diverse group of Black and Brown pregnant and postpartum people, we hope to start this discussion by focusing on the community voices at the heart of this issue."

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From BreastfeedLA

October 15, 12pm PT | Supporting Lactation During Incarceration

"On October 15th, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM PST BreastfeedLA presents Supporting Lactation During Incarceration a live webinar featuring Hannah Halliwell, IBCLC and Aditi Fruitwala, JD. Together they will present best practices for supporting lactation during incarceration."

 Participants will be awarded 1.5 E-CERPs & 1 Contact Hour. 

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Happy Autumnal Equinox! 

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  Job Openings

   

New Listings!
  
Abortion Doula/Patient Educator
Memphis, TN
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Administrative & Program Coordinator
Oakland, CA or Remote
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Associate Director of Special Projects
Los Angeles, CA
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Certified Nurse Midwife
Randolph, VT
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Certified Nurse Midwife

Sarasota Ob/Gyn Associates, PA
Sarasota, FL
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Client Services Coordinator
New York, NY
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Community Engagement Coordinator
Atlanta, GA
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Department Chair of Midwifery & Women's Health
Versailles, KY
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Family Planning Program Manager
Berkeley, CA
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Family Planning Program Manager
Los Angeles, CA
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Graphic Designer
Remote
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Hotline Intake Counselor
This role is remote.
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Nurse Practitioner | Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Medford, OR 
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Supervisor Nursing
Brooklyn, NY
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CASS works with independent and Planned Parenthood sites who are looking for staff across the US. Register with the project here to start working, at no cost to you, with a CASS specialist to find full time, part time, or per diem work at an abortion clinic or health center in your area.
  

  
More Great Opportunities...  
 
Advanced Practice Nurse
Las Vegas, NV
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ARNP/CNM, Part-time or Full-time
Renton, WA with some travel to Tacoma and Seattle
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California Regional Organizer
Be Bay Area or Sacramento, we prefer this position to work out of our San Francisco-based office 2-3 days/week, but we are flexible. 
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Certified Nurse Midwife - Birth Center
Springfield, OR
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Certified Nurse Midwife
Worcester, MA
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Certified Nurse Midwife
Cleveland, TN
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Certified Nurse Midwife
Abington, PA
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Certified Nurse Midwife, PRN
Vanderbilt Health | Vanderbilt Birth Center
Nashville, TN
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Certified Nurse Midwife
Chicago, IL
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Certified Nurse Midwife
Memphis, TN
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Certified Nurse Midwife
Cheshire, CT
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Certified Nurse Midwife
Salisbury, MD
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Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), Contractor
Washington, DC
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Chief Healthcare Officer
Multiple Locations
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Clinic Manager
Grass Valley, CA
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Data Analyst
Pittsburgh, PA
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Data Manager
New York, NY
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Director, DNP Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track
University of Utah College of Nursing
Salt Lake City, UT
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Director of Communications and Strategy
Washington, DC
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Director of Nursing
Clinic in Queens
Queens, NY
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Director of Patient Experience and Engagement
New York, NY
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Director of Public Policy, US & Global
Washington, DC
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Director, Public Policy
This job is based in the D.C., Maryland, or Virginia (DMV) area, with remote work as appropriate.
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Engineering Project Management Consultant
Atlanta, GA
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Executive Director
Beverly, MA
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Executive Director
A remote work model
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Faculty Position(s), Reproductive Health
San Francisco, CA
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Georgia State Director
State Innovation Exchange (SiX)
SiX is a fully remote organization; however, this position requires frequent travel throughout the greater Atlanta metro area and occasional travel out of state. Due to COVID-19, SIX has asked staff not to travel in their official capacity. However, when we are able to resume travel, there will be frequent travel within Georgia.
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Health Education Coordinator (HEC)
Saint Paul, MN
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Health Educator, New Generation Health Center
San Francisco, CA
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Individual Clinical Training Manager
Chicago, IL | Combination of in-person and remote work
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LPN
New York, NY
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LPNs
Falls Church Healthcare Center
Washington, DC
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Manager of Patient Experience
Washington, DC
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Medical Advisor
Washington, DC
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Medical Assistant
Jacksonville, FL
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Medical Case Manager
Philadelphia, PA
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Medical Director, Part-time
Remote and the Mission District of San Francisco
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Medical Director
Memphis, TN
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Midwifery Specialist
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Fresno, CA
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NP | Women's Health 
Long Branch, NJ
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NP
Flemington, NJ
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NPs
Clinic in Queens
Queens, NY
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NPs
Part-time hours, but full-time expansion may be possible
FOLX Health
Ohio, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Georgia
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NP -- Haring Fellow
Brooklyn, NY
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NP, CNM or PA-C Position
Women's Health Specialists
Grass Valley, CA
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NP, PA or CNM
Planned Parenthood California Central Coast
Ventura County, CA
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Nursing Coordinator, Licensed Practical Nurse
New York, NY
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PAs
Clinic in Queens
Queens, NY
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People Care Coordinator, Part-time
Work may be performed anywhere in the world.
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Postdoctoral Fellowship -- Up to 2 Openings
Funding for this position is available for one year with the possibility of an extension for a second year.
Oakland, CA
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Program Analyst, Beyond the Pill
San Francisco, CA
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Project Coordinator, Part-time
Washington, DC
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Research Assistant
Pittsburgh, PA
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RN - Mother/Baby
Washington, DC
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RN
Chico, CA
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RN
Grass Valley, CA
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RN (Multiple Needed)
Northland Family Planning
Southfield, MI outside Detroit
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RN Nurse Manager
EMW Women’s Surgical
Louisville, KY
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Senior Associate, Reproductive Rights
State Innovation Exchange (SiX)
The position is remote and open to anyone living in the United States. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have prohibited work-related travel for the foreseeable future.
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Senior Development Assistant, Institutional Giving
New York, NY
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Senior Manager, Instructional Design
Washington, DC
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Senior Program Manager, Health Equity
This is a position based in Washington, DC or remotely (Eastern Time required).
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Senior Project Manager, Person-Centered Reproductive Health Program
San Francisco, CA
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Senior Strategic Research Manager
Washington, DC
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Vice President, Development
State Innovation Exchange (SiX)
The position is remote and open to anyone living in the United States. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have prohibited work-related travel for the foreseeable future.
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Vice President of Programs and Community Engagement
Denver, Colorado
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