Congrats to Former AHEAD Scholar Dr. Jenny Higgins!


Congratulations to former Advancing Health Equity & Diversity (AHEAD) Scholar & 2014 AHEAD Pilot grantee Dr. Jenny Higgins on her H. I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship!

The H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship recognizes faculty up to six years past their first promotion to a tenured position. The award is named in recognition of the late Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Trustee President H. I. Romnes and comes with $60,000 that may be spent over five years.

Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of both Gender and Women’s Studies and Obstetrics and Gynecology, and dedicates her research efforts to improving reproductive and sexual health.

Dr. Higgins’ 2014 AHEAD grant was entitled “Pregnancy Ambivalence: A Pathway between Social Disadvantage and Unintended Pregnancy.” Many young adults are unclear about how much they want to have, or prevent having, a baby. However, pregnancy ambivalence is an underexamined factor in the uptake of long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods-IUDs and implants-the most effective methods available. Investigators conducted six focus groups and 12 interviews with 50 women aged 18-29 in Dane County, Wisconsin; participants were either university students or community residents receiving public assistance. The study concluded that effectiveness is not the only factor in women’s selection and use of contraceptive methods. Individual preferences will lead some women to choose non-LARC methods even when fully informed of their options.

The 2018 AHEAD Pilot Program letters of intent were due on March 5 and applicants’ full applications are due on April 11th.

Read more about the 33 UW-Madison faculty members recognized with 2018 faculty fellowship honors.

Congratulations, Dr. Higgins!