The ACTIONS Team

Monica McLemore, PhD, MPH, RN 

Co-Director

My program of research is focused on understanding the factors that influence the health, wellbeing and livelihood of low-income and women of color who I am fortunate enough to serve clinically at Zuckerberg San Francisco General. Using the intersectional human rights middle range theory called reproductive Justice (RJ), enables me to design rigorous studies that answer novel and complex research questions because RJ is simultaneously a theory, practice and a strategy that is grounded in four principles. Simply put, RJ posits that every person has the right to decide if and when to become pregnant and to determine the conditions under which they will birth. Next, every person has the right to decide they will not become pregnant or have a baby and options for preventing or ending pregnancy are accessible and available. Third, individuals have the right parent children they already have with dignity and has the necessary social supports in safe environments and health communities without fear of violence from individuals or the government. Finally, individuals have the right to disassociate sex from reproduction and that health sexuality and pleasure are essential components to whole and full human life. 

 

Linda S. Franck, RN, PhD, FAAN

Co-Director

Dr. Franck has joined ACTIONS Founding Director Dr. Monica McLemore as Co-Director for the program. Dr. Franck holds the Jack and Elaine Koehn Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing. She has extensive clinical, research and academic mentorship experience in maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health care, with a particular emphasis on improving patient and family partnered healthcare delivery and research. From 2015-2020 she served as Co-Principal Investigator (2015-2019) and Director of Postnatal Research for the UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative (2015-2020). In 2020, she was inducted into the Sigma Nursing Researcher Hall of Fame and named the UCSF School of Nursing Research Mentor of the Year.

 

 

 

 

 

Nikki Lanshaw, MPH

Project Director

Nikki Lanshaw is the new Project Director for the ACTIONS program. She has been committed to reproductive health, rights and justice causes since college, and is thrilled to deepen that commitment as a member of the team. She has worked in administrative, communications and policy analyst roles throughout her career. She received her MPH from UC Berkeley in 2019, where she focused on integrating health equity and social justice into health policy proposals and research.

  

Melina Rapazzini, RN

Graduate Research Assistant

A Bay Area native, Melina worked as a labor and delivery nurse before moving to Zambia to work with a USAID maternal-child health project. After being inspired by the work of incredible Zambian midwives, she began UCSF’s Nurse Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program. Melina is the student representative on California Nurse Midwives Health Policy Committee, is on UCSF's SON student government, volunteers with MSC Shelter women's health group, and is thrilled to join the ACTIONS team working towards reproductive justice!