Menstrual Equity in a University and Surrounding Community Setting

Using the framework of menstrual equity, which centers the affordability, accessibility, and safety of menstrual products, we seek to understand menstrual health needs at the University of Georgia (UGA) and the surrounding Athens-Clarke County (ACC) community. We use a systematic, three-pronged, mixed methods approach. Our findings assess unmet menstrual health needs among UGA students and the ACC community. Our work is unique in that it focuses on the social, academic, as well as the economic aspects of menstrual health access among an ostensible resource-rich population.

Jaaie Varshney

University of Georgia

Jaaie’s interests lie in sexual and reproductive health. As a future physician, she hopes to integrate medicine, research, and public policy to improve abortion access and menstrual health. Jaaie is a yoga instructor and a birth doula-in-training. As an aspiring researcher and physician, Suvitha's advocacy interests are in sexual/reproductive health and justice, public/global health, rural health improvements, and nonprofit management. Project Red’s work in assessing period poverty and menstrual needs within our community has been one of the highlights of her undergrad public health and research experience. Areeba is currently in her third year as a biology and anthropology major at the University of Georgia. She is passionate about reproductive justice and menstrual equity in hopes of providing underserved populations with access to menstrual education and products.

Suvitha Viswanathan

Areeba Hashimi

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