NEWS | March 12, 2018

The role of contraception in women's health disparities

March Science Café talk features Melissa Joy Chen, M.D.


Join us on Thursday, March 22, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Old Soul @ 40 Acres in Sacramento for a conversation with UC Davis Health’s Melissa Joy Chen, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology who focuses on family planning.

This month's Science Café is on March 22. This month's Science Café is on March 22.

In this month’s Science Café, Chen will explore the role of contraception in reducing disparities in pregnancy outcomes and talk about clinical trials to develop new contraceptive methods. Disparities exist in women’s health, especially in maternal mortality. These differences have been linked to race and ethnicity. One potential strategy to address these inconsistencies is to improve care after birth and between pregnancies.

Dr. Chen is dedicated to providing comprehensive reproductive health care for her patients. Her clinical interests include general gynecology, with a subspecialty in family planning.

This event is open to all. Admission is free, and it includes light refreshments. For questions, contact Fatima Malik at 916-703-9138 or

To learn more or to register, visit event page online.

About Community Conversations Science Cafés
Community Conversations Science Café is a bi-monthly speaker’s series produced by the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center, UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, and the Powerhouse Science Center.

About the Science Café
The CTSC Community Engagement Program began the Science Café speaker series in August 2016.  The purpose of the events is to provide a casual, safe space for lay audiences to have conversations with scientists, and is aimed at engaging the general public in a discussion about research, current events, and other aspects of science that have current public interest (such as the opioid crisis and how to manage it; the spread and dangers of the Zika virus; etc.).

These community-research education conversations are hosted bi-monthly and are an opportunity for researchers to:

  • Present cutting-edge research findings
  • Engage with and learn from the public about health discoveries
  • Enhance the public trust in science
  • Improve scientific literacy