Upcoming Meetings and Webinars

A message from the Executive and Conference Committees

The 2022 NARRTC Conference and Meeting is planned as an in-person meeting in April. Information is displayed below and will be updated if changes in COVID rates require us to consider alternatives.

2022 NARRTC Conference

Resourcefulness, Resilience and Responsiveness:
Disability and Rehabilitation Research following the Covid-19 Pandemic

April 27-28, 2022
Ritz Carlton Hotel, Pentagon City, VA

2022 NARRTC Conference Information on registration and call for submissions.

Information on the Workshop on knowledge translation hosted by the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) in conjunction with the conference.

2022 Webinar Series

March 2022: NARRTC 2021 Best Paper Winner

Contraception Use at First Sexual Intercourse Among Adolescent and Young Adult Women with Disabilities: The Role of Formal Sex Education

Lee Warner, Chief of Women’s Health and Fertility Branch, Division of Reproductive Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Eun Ha Namkung, Senior Research Associate, Lurie Institute for Disability Policy
Ann Valentine, Research Associate, Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

This webinar will be recorded and made available in this space in March 2022.

Eun Ha Namkung and colleagues were selected as the 2021 Best Paper Winner for the annual NARRTC Best Paper Award for their published paper, “Contraceptive use at first sexual intercourse among adolescent and young adult women with disabilities: The role of formal sex education.” 2020. Contraception. doi.org/10.1016/j.contraception.2020.12.007

Abstract: This study examines receipt of formal sex education as a potential mechanism that may explain the observed associations between disability status and contraceptive use among young women with disabilities. Using the 2011−2017 National Survey of Family Growth, we analyzed data from 2861 women aged 18 to 24 years, who experienced voluntary first sexual intercourse with a male partner. Women whose first intercourse was involuntary (7% of all women reporting sexual intercourse) were excluded from the analytic sample. Mediation analysis was used to estimate the indirect effect of receipt of formal sex education before first sexual intercourse on the association between disability status and contraceptive use at first intercourse. Compared to nondisabled women, women with cognitive disabilities were less likely to report receipt of instruction in each of 6 discrete formal sex education topics and received instruction on a fewer number of topics overall (B = −0.286, 95% CI = −0.426 to −0.147), prior to first voluntary intercourse. In turn, the greater number of topics received predicted an increased likelihood of contraceptive use at first voluntary intercourse among these women (B = 0.188, 95% CI = 0.055−0.321). No significant association between noncognitive disabilities and receipt of formal sex education or contraceptive use at first intercourse was observed. Given the positive association between formal sex education and contraceptive use among young adult women with and without disabilities, ongoing efforts to increase access to formal sex education are needed. Special attention is needed for those women with cognitive disabilities.

This webinar is open to all, regardless of membership status. Captioning and sign language interpretation will be available for this event.

About the Presenters:

Dr. Lee Warner is currently Chief of the Women’s Health and Fertility Branch for the Division of Reproductive Health at the CDC, which houses several surveillance and research activities including the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, better known as PRAMS.  During his 25-year public health career, Dr. Warner has published more than 150 articles related to the reproductive health for women and men on topics such as contraception, adolescent pregnancy, HIV prevention interventions, infertility, and male circumcision.  He spearheaded the release of CDC’s National Action Plan for the Detection, Prevention, and Treatment of Infertility recognizing infertility as a public health issue for men and women as well as CDC’s first expert consultation on how we can further advance male reproductive health.

Eun-Ha Namkung, PhD, is currently an Associate Research Fellow in the Department of Social Services Policy Research at Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs (KIHASA). Her research broadly focuses on social inequities in health and well-being, particularly in the context of disability.

Anne Valentine, MPH, is a research associate at The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, Brandeis University. Her research interests include mental health and substance use services, social and behavioral determinants of health status and sexual and reproductive health of women and men.