NIH OBSSR Director's Webinar: Re-imagining What’s Possible: A Future Where Reproductive Justice is Achieved

March 28, 2023, 2:30pm – 3:30pm EDT
Monica McLemore Ph.D., M.P.H., RN
 Monica R. McLemore PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

Monica R. McLemore PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

Presenter: Monica R. McLemore PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
Professor, Child, Family, and Population Health Department,
Interim Director for the Center for Anti-Racism in Nursing,
University of Washington School of Nursing


The purpose of this session is to honor the work that has been done toward health equity and to move beyond reproductive health and rights to reproductive justice. Participants will vision about the blueprint for reproductive justice and focus attention on what we should be working toward.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the retrofit, reform, and reimagine framework.
  2. Articulate concepts in the blueprint for reproductive justice.
  3. Name areas in existing programming that can modified using above knowledge.

Several of the following principles will be highlighted as part of the discussion in addition to actionable strategies to build a strong and sustainable foundation for the future.

Principle 1: Ensure that Sexual and Reproductive Health Care is Accessible to All People

  • Promote Comprehensive Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Domestically
  • Use United States Leadership to Advance Sexual and Reproductive Health Globally
  • Protect and Expand Access to Abortion Care Domestically and Globally
  • Improve and Expand Access to Pregnancy Care
  • Ensure Access to Qualified Providers

Principle 2: Ensure Discriminatory Barriers in Health Care are Eliminated

  • Guarantee Access to Health Care Services and Coverage for All People
  • Ensure Patients are Not Refused Health Care
  • End Barriers to Care for Young People
  • End Discriminatory Treatment of Immigrants
  • Ensure Access to Care for People in Detention Settings

Principle 3: Ensure that Research and Innovation Advance Sexual and Reproductive

  • Health, Rights, and Justice Now and in the Future Invest in Health System Innovation that Promotes Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Invest in Research & Development that Promotes Sexual and Reproductive Health

Principle 4: Ensure Health, Rights, Justice, and Wellness for All Communities
Principle 5: Ensure Judges and Executive Officials Advance Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice



Dr. Monica R. McLemore is a tenured professor in the Child, Family, and Population Health Department and the Interim Director for the Center for Anti-Racism in Nursing at the University of Washington School of Nursing. Prior to her arrival at UW, she was a tenured associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco and was named the Thelma Shobe Endowed Chair in 2021. She retired from clinical practice as a public health and staff nurse after a 28-year clinical nursing career in 2019, however, continues to provide flu and COVID-19 vaccines.

Her program of research is focused on understanding reproductive health and justice. To date, she has 94 peer reviewed articles, Op-eds and commentaries and her research has been cited in the Huffington Post, Lavender Health, five amicus briefs to the Supreme Court of the United States, and three National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine reports, and a data visualization project entitled How to Fix Maternal Mortality: The first step is to stop blaming women that was published in the 2019 Future of Medicine edition of Scientific American.

Her work has also appeared in publications such as Dame Magazine, Politico, ProPublica/NPR, and she made a voice appearance in Terrance Nance’s HBO series Random Acts of Flyness. She is the recipient of numerous awards and currently serves as chair for Sexual and Reproductive Health section of the American Public Health Association. She was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2019. She became the Editor in Chief of Health Equity Journal in 2022.