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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 adults and has two foci that address reproductive health equity among low-income, minority, and immigrant young women. First, she uses an intersectional framework that includes structural disadvantage, gender inequality and cultural processes to examine sexual and reproductive health. Second, she investigates how policy and clinical practice impact access to and quality of contraceptive and abortion care.
Currently, Dr. Coleman-Minahan is examining reproductive health knowledge, attitudes, and practices among nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and physician assistants in Colorado. She is also exploring immigrant women’s reproductive health in times of structural vulnerability and uncertainty. She is also working with TxPEP on two projects. First, she is a co-investigator on a study evaluating the impact of HB 3994 on adolescents’ experiences trying to obtain judicial bypass of parental consent to receive abortion care in Texas. Second, she is analyzing data from the Postpartum Contraception Study, a prospective cohort study of 1,700 postpartum women in Texas. Previously, she was a National Institute of Nursing Predoctoral Fellow.
Dr. Coleman-Minahan provides sexual and reproductive healthcare to young adults at the Adolescent Family Planning Clinic at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She strives to be an empowering influence in the lives of young women. She hopes her research will improve their lives by bringing public attention and policy change to the social and economic disadvantage they face every day.