Annual Meeting

PICCK’s Third Annual Meeting

Saturday, September 17, 2022
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET
Remote via Zoom


9:00 AM – 9:10 AM

9:10 AM – 9:25 AM

9:25 AM – 9:40 AM

10:10 AM – 10:55 AM

9:40 AM – 10:10 AM

10:55 AM – 11:00 AM

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM

11:15 AM – 11:45 AM

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

12:30 PM – 12:40 PM

12:40 PM – 1:10 PM

1:10 PM – 1:25 PM

1:25 PM – 1:30 PM

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

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Partners in Contraceptive Choice and Knowledge Welcome (Katharine White, MD MPH)

Department of Public Health Updates (Jill Clark, MPH)

Tools for Patient-Centered Contraceptive Counseling (Natasha Lerner, DrPH MPA)

Interventions for Pain with IUD Insertion (Rebecca Allen, MD)

Keynote Address: Contraception Innovations Today and On The Horizon: Research, Partnership, Advocacy and Organizing to Advance Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice (Kelly Blanchard, MSc)


IUD Self-Removal for Patients and Providers (Melissa Wong, MD)

Community Advisory Board (CAB) Session (CAB members)

Phexxi: An On-Demand, Multi-Purpose Technology? (Jessica Atrio, MD MSc)

The Disrespected Contraceptive Methods (Katharine White, MD MPH)


Complex Cases in Contraception (Virginia Tancioco, MD)

Quick Start Contraception – Getting to Yes (Anitra Beasley, MD MPH)

Closing Remarks (Katharine White, MD MPH)

Optional extended Q&A with Speakers

Materials, resources, and more opportunities to engage with PICCK

Kelly Blanchard, MSc
President of Ibis Reproductive Health

Kelly is President of Ibis Reproductive Health, a global research organization that drives change through research and principled partnerships that advance reproductive autonomy, choices, and health worldwide. Kelly’s research has included studies on improving contraception and abortion technologies; expanding access to and quality of reproductive health services; and documenting the impact of policies on people’s sexual and reproductive health around the world. Kelly received the Outstanding Young Professional Award from the Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Health Section of the APHA and the Darroch Award from the Guttmacher Institute.

Katharine White, MD MPH
Vice Chair of Academics Director, Fellowship in Family Planning Associate Professor Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Boston University / Boston Medical Center

Dr. White is the Vice Chair of Academics in the Department of OB/GYN, Director of the Family Planning Fellowship at Boston Medical Center and is an Associate Professor of OB/GYN at Boston University School of Medicine. She is the Principal Investigator of PICCK and is active in multiple research studies in various areas of contraception and abortion. Dr. White is also a contributor on sexual health issues for Glamour magazine and a member of the advisory board for Women’s Health.

Rebecca Allen, MD
Associate Professor of OB/GYN and Medical Science (Section of Medical Education) at Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University

Dr. Allen is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medical Science (Section of Medical Education) at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Director of the Ryan Residency Training Program in family planning for the OB/GYN residency at Brown and of Family Planning services for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Care Center at Women and Infants Hospital. She is also co-director of the scholarly concentration in Reproductive Health for the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Community Advisory Board (CAB)

The Partners in Contraceptive Choice and Knowledge (PICCK) Community Advisory Board (CAB) strengthens the program’s activities by providing guidance to the core team, proposing innovative avenues for addressing gaps in contraceptive care and access, ensuring sustainability, and amplifying the diverse voices of Massachusetts residents receiving such care. Its ultimate mission is to reduce health inequities and promote reproductive justice in Massachusetts. Our Community Advisory Board (CAB) is grounded in the belief that everyone brings expertise to the conversation, and that all kinds of expertise are required for us to succeed. The CAB is comprised of a diverse membership of consumers of contraceptive care and community stakeholders throughout the state.

Jessica Atrio, MD MSc
Associate Professor, Director of the Fellowship in Complex Family Planning, Associate Vice Chair of Research for the OB/GYN Department at Montefiore and Albert Einstein School of Medicine

Dr. Atrio is a board certified obstetrician gynecologist at Montefiore and Albert Einstein School of Medicine. She is an Associate Professor, Director of the Fellowship in Complex Family Planning, and the Associate Vice Chair of Research for the ObGyn Department. She completed her undergraduate degree at Columbia University, medical degree at New York University, residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, as well as, a Masters of Science in Biostatistics and Epidemiology and a Family Planning Fellowship at the University of Southern California. She joined the Montefiore-Einstein faculty in 2013. She has a keen interest in translational research, contraception for medically complex patients, safe abortion provision, and the gynecologic care of HIV positive women. She is dedicated to patient advocacy and the optimization of safe patient outcomes.

Jill Clark, MPH
Director, Division of Child/Adolescent Health and Reproductive Health, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Jill Clark is currently the Director of the Division of Child/Adolescent Health and Reproductive Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  She provides leadership and strategic direction for school, community, and clinical programs intended to provide better access to sexual and reproductive health clinical services, education, and primary care for youth and adults.  She received her MPH in Global Reproductive Health from Emory University. ttextttextttextttextttextttextttextttextttextttextttextttextttextttextttextttextttextttextttextttextttextttextttextttext


Natasha Lerner, DrPH MPA
PICCK Program Director

Natasha Lerner is the Program Director of the Partners in Contraceptive Choice and Knowledge (PICCK) program at Boston Medical Center. She has worked on sexual and reproductive health and rights programming, evaluation, research, and advocacy in the United States and West Africa. Natasha is passionate about organizational effectiveness and management. She earned a DrPH from Boston University School of Public Health, an MPA from New York University – Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and a BA from Washington and Lee University.

Melissa Wong, MD
Fellow in Complex Family Planning, Boston Medical Center

Dr. Wong is a second year fellow in Complex Family Planning and a Clinical Instructor in the Department of OB/GYN at Boston Medical Center. She is a member of the Membership Committee at the Society of Family Planning and the ACOG District I Junior Fellow DEI Chair. Her research interests include self-removal of intrauterine devices, abortion, and medical education.

Virginia Tancioco, MD
Complex Family Planning Fellow at Boston Medical Center, Clinical Instructor at Boston University School of Medicine

Dr. Tancioco (she/her/hers) is a Complex Family Planning Fellow at Boston Medical Center. With a previous career in business and teaching, she pursued her MD and MBA at UCLA as part of PRIME, a dual-degree program for students with a commitment to serve diverse, medically disadvantaged populations. She completed residency at University of California, Irvine prior to arriving at Boston Medical Center for her fellowship. Dr. Tancioco strives to combine her background in business with implementation science in order to make systems level changes towards reproductive justice.

Anitra Beasley, MD MPH
Assistant Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs, Ben Taub Hospital Associate Residency Program Director Ryan Program Director

Anitra Beasley, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Division of Gynecologic & Obstetric Specialists at Baylor College of Medicine and Assistant Dean of Academic and Faculty affairs at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston, Texas. She specializes in general obstetrics and gynecology and complex family planning, with specific interests in contraception counseling for people with complex medical issues, healthcare equity, and family planning. She maintains a clinical practice in the Harris Health System and is dedicated to providing access to comprehensive and quality healthcare to all residents of Harris County.

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