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Research at Planned Parenthood North Central States

Research creates the new and the best in health care. It helps us answer where have we been and where do we go next? Whether it be a clinical study on a new test for sexually transmitted infections or exploratory interviews with patients from marginalized communities on their unique experiences receiving care, the research program at Planned Parenthood North Central States ensures that our organization and our services keep improving and moving forward.


To improve access to and the quality of sexual and reproductive health care through innovation, collaboration, and the production of new knowledge that affirms the human right to reproductive health and freedom.


To become leaders in sexual and reproductive health research by creating forward-thinking expertise, and serving as a beacon of excellence for Planned Parenthood.

Important Contributions

Since our inception in 2015, the research program at Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota has made important contributions to the science related to:

  • Testing a new rapid identification test for herpes simplex viruses.
  • Assessing the efficacy of a new oral contraceptive pill.
  • Improving post-abortion contraception delivery.
  • Assessing patient experiences with emergency contraception.
  • Simplifying patient requirements for medication abortion.
  • Evaluating patient support volunteer and abortion doula programs.

Our Values

Innovation: We pride ourselves on looking ahead, and pursuing bold ideas.

Collaboration: We create strong partnerships both within our organization, and with community and collegial stakeholders.

Leadership: We rely on our collective talent and authenticity to inspire, motivate, and guide aspiring researchers and practitioners.

Excellence: We produce high-quality and rigorous research with a critical focus on equity and purpose.