Kate Coleman-Minahan is a social scientist and family nurse practitioner who joined the CU College of Nursing as an assistant professor in 2017. She is also a research affiliate at the NICHD-funded University of Colorado Population Center (CUPC). She received her PhD in Health and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Colorado Denver and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship with the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Coleman-Minahan’s research program is motivated by her clinical practice with young people and has two foci that address reproductive health equity. First, she explores young people's reproductive aspirations and actions situated within the social and structural context of their lives. Second, she investigates how policy and clinical practice impact access to and quality of contraceptive and abortion care.
Currently, Dr. Coleman-Minahan leads an academic-community partnership funded by the Society of Family Planning to explore young people’s access to and experiences with medication abortion in four states with different abortion policy landscapes. She is also studying reproductive aspirations among immigrant young adults and is a collaborator on a project investigating fertility and contraception among Mexican-origin women in the U.S. and in Mexico.
Dr. Coleman-Minahan provides sexual and reproductive healthcare to young adults at the Adolescent Family Planning Clinic at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Her goal is to increase health equity and reproductive autonomy by: