Christine Dehlendorf, MD, MAS

Christine Dehlendorf, MD, MAS

Dr. Dehlendorf is a family physician with advanced training in family planning and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research. As the director of the Person-Centered Reproductive Health Program, she is a national thought leader in contraceptive counseling and health equity in reproductive health care. Dr. Dehlendorf’ s research portfolio includes formative research to better understand people’s contraceptive experiences, social communication about contraception, and disparities in contraceptive use and counseling, which informs the development, evaluation and dissemination of interventions and clinical trainings aimed at meeting people’s reproductive health needs. Mostly recently, she developed a person-centered contraceptive care framework, aligned with the human rights perspective and led a study developing and validating a Patient-Reported Outcome Performance Measure to understand patients’ experiences of contraceptive counseling and inform improvements to counseling practices. She has also conducted studies examining the relationship of patient race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status with variation in health care providers’ recommendations for contraceptive methods and with the quality of contraceptive counseling.

Opening Plenary Panel: Nobody, Somebody, My body: the Mandate for Maternal Equity and Justice


This session seeks to make visible the often unseen and unacknowledged history that continues to impede equity and justice for women, as related to personal autonomy, systemic practices and cultural norms. Concepts such as planned pregnancy and pregnancy intendedness will be deconstructed and viewed through a lens of equity and justice. Strategies for mediating the […]