Nicole has over five years of sexual and reproductive health research experience, which includes her research that is focused on Responsible Sexual Behavior (RSB) and Iowa women. This includes understanding how collegiate and rural Iowa women define RSB, and how the rural context influences women’s sexual and reproductive health. Nicole has also studied risk communication, health communication, and health policy. She also has over six years of patient care experience in various settings which adds to her understanding of changing health needs across the lifespan.
Stephanie’s research is focused on preconception health, family planning, health services research, quality improvement, and women veterans. She has worked in women’s health as a nurse for over 10 years both in Title X funded family planning clinics and private, academic settings. She also has over seven years of research experience in health care improvement and policy evaluation. Most recently she has spoken with health care providers who provide family planning services to low income women in Iowa and through the Midwest.
Because communication impacts health outcomes, we created Woman Centered Health to improve sexual and reproductive health communication between providers and clients. At WCH we firmly believe that communication is the cornerstone to a successful care provider and client relationship. We define a successful relationship as one that establishes trust or mutual respect, and a client who feels empowered. We want to create a new approach to overcoming communication barriers between care providers and their clients by providing evidence-based and real solutions. Our approach, woman-centered care, can help overcome communication barriers and create successful patient-client relationship.
Woman centered means just that, putting the individual woman at the center of care. There are many factors that intersect and influence a woman’s sexual and reproductive health, this includes socioeconomic status, politics, access to care, environment, personal beliefs, values, and experiences, religion, family and relationship dynamics, and mental health. To effectively improve the sexual and reproductive health of women our dialogue, treatment plans, and polices need to reflect the multidimensional world women live in.
Additionally, at Woman Centered Health believe that sexual and reproductive health is not fertility driven; women are not defined by their reproductive or non-reproductive status. Albeit much of sexual and reproductive health care revolves around avoiding pregnancy, trying to become pregnant, and being pregnant, women have health needs that extend before, beyond, and parallel to their “fertile” years. Therefore, care needs to be holistic and considerate of the whole self. Thus, woman centered health is not talking to the woman, but with her.