Jennet Arcara is a multi-method reproductive health researcher, focusing on structural inequities and reproductive health, including the roles of gender, autonomy, and power in reproductive and maternal health decision-making, access, and experiences. She is interested in how structural inequities influence people’s experiences before, during, and after accessing (or not accessing) healthcare, how those experiences compound over the life course and the continuum of reproductive health and healthcare, and in using novel methodological approaches to investigate creative programs and policies to improve healthcare access and experiences.
Jennet has applied public health and research experience focused on reducing disparities in the reproductive health of women and adolescents in the U.S. and internationally since 2002, previously working on projects such as a partnered equitable evaluation of a community-based doula program in the U.S., research to develop a person-centered measure of contraceptive need, prevention of postpartum hemorrhage and safe abortion care in Africa and South Asia, mental health hospital management and policy in Ethiopia, domestic violence and suicide in Bangladesh, and microfinance program sustainability in Egypt.
Jennet received her PhD in Maternal and Child Health with a minor in Population Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also received an MPH in Global Health with a concentration in Reproductive Health and Population Studies from Emory University; an MPP with a concentration in Gender and International Development from the University of Minnesota; and a BA in Anthropology and Foreign Languages from Syracuse University.
- PHSC 1 Introduction to Public Health
- PHSC 100 Epidemiology
- PHSC 125 Race, Class, Gender and Health
- PHSC 150 Evidence-Based Public Health
Selected recent publications:
- Arcara J, Caton L, Gómez AM. Desire, Acceptability, and Expected Resolution: A Latent Class Analysis of Current Pregnancy Orientation in the United States. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2022.
- Marshall C, Arteaga S, Arcara J, Cuentos A, Armstead M, Jackson A, Gómez AM. Barriers and Facilitators to the Implementation of a Community Doula Program for Black and Pacific Islander Pregnant People in San Francisco: Findings from a Partnered Process Evaluation. Matern Child Health J. 2022.
- Arcara J, Arteaga S, Burny I, Gómez AM. Changes in Expectation of Relationship Permanence, Pregnancy Acceptability and Desire, and Contraceptive Use Over Time Among Young Latino/a Women and Men: An Exploratory Analysis. Contraception. 2021;(103)(1):19-25.
- Raifman S, Puri M, Arcara J, Diamond-Smith N. Is There an Association Between Fertility and Domestic Violence in Nepal? Am J Obstet Gynecol Glob Rep. 2021;(1);100011.
- Gómez AM, Arteaga S, Villasenor E, Arcara J, Freihart B. The Misclassification of Ambivalence in Pregnancy Intentions: A Mixed-Methods Analysis. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2019;51(1):7-15.
- Gómez AM, Arcara J. Privately Insured Women’s Expectations of Contraceptive Access without the Affordable Care Act and the Influence of State Contraceptive Equity Protections. Social Service Review. 2018;92(3):349-368.