Primary research on reproductive health: Using the Guttmacher Institute

| July 17, 2012

If you are a student or faculty member in the health sciences, or incorporating research on women’s reproductive health into your work, you may want to know about the Guttmacher Institute.  Guttmacher’s mission is to “advance sexual and reproductive health and rights through an interrelated program of research, policy analysis and public education designed to generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate and promote sound policy and program development.”

Guttmacher publishes a journal, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, which we have here at the library. You can find it by searching for “journals” on the main homepage, and then entering it by name, or you can find it by clicking HERE.

But what’s most exciting about Guttmacher’s work is that they produce original data, which they make easy to read and use with their excellent set of data charts and graphs. For instance, by using their US data, you can make a map of data catered specifically to your research. Types of information one can map include: abortion, adolescents, pregnancy, contraceptives, demographics, or state policies. Within these categories, one can break the information down by population, or age, or state of residence. So, for instance: here is a map of teen pregnancies of non-Hispanic white women within the age group 15-19 by state residence in 2005. You can also retrieve full state profiles, get data trends, or create a table, all extremely useful resources if you are producing academic work that relies on these types of data.

As TC or Columbia students you also have access to the Health Sciences Library, which is open from 8am to 8pm most days in the summer. Happy researching!