I am a family physician with a background of academic excellence, a solid introduction to health services research, and a demonstrated commitment to the well-being of disadvantaged women and children. Goals: In the long term, I aim to help improve reproductive health outcomes and eliminate disparities in maternal and child health. My five-year goal is to identify ectopic pregnancy incidence and outcomes in the Medicaid population and in the process to develop a new, widely-applicable methodology for studying ectopic pregnancy epidemiology. Career Development Plan: In order to accomplish these goals, I need to acquire the knowledge and skills to manage and analyze large administrative data sets. I will do so by taking formal courses in quantitative research methods and health policy, participating in workshops on the use of public insurance data, meeting regularly with mentors and advisors, and presenting my work internally and at national meetings for review. Research Plan: I will conduct secondary analysis of Medicaid Analytic Extract files, measuring ectopic pregnancy incidence, rate, and outcomes. I will then develop a multivariate model to explain individual and state-based variation in ectopic pregnancy. Research Environment: I am supported by a primary mentor with long-standing experience developing junior investigators;a diverse mentorship team of physicians and population scientists with relevant content and methodology expertise;an advisory board of national experts in maternal health epidemiology, Medicaid policy, and health econometrics;and an institution with proven dedication to research excellence.

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Ectopic pregnancy is a leading cause of maternal morbidity and mortality. Current knowledge of ectopic pregnancy epidemiology is lacking, especially for low-income women. My work will inform policy and clinical interventions to improve early pregnancy outcomes and reduce health disparities.

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)
Clinical Investigator Award (CIA) (K08)
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Willinger, Marian
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Stulberg, Debra B; Cain, Loretta R; Dahlquist, Irma et al. (2014) Ectopic pregnancy rates and racial disparities in the Medicaid population, 2004-2008. Fertil Steril 102:1671-6
Stulberg, Debra B; Hoffman, Yael; Dahlquist, Irma Hasham et al. (2014) Tubal ligation in Catholic hospitals: a qualitative study of ob-gyns' experiences. Contraception 90:422-8
Stulberg, Debra (2013) The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and reproductive health: harnessing data to improve care. J Health Polit Policy Law 38:441-56
Stulberg, Debra B; Cain, Loretta R; Dahlquist, Irma et al. (2013) Ectopic pregnancy rates in the Medicaid population. Am J Obstet Gynecol 208:274.e1-7
Stulberg, Debra B; Dude, Annie M; Dahlquist, Irma et al. (2011) Abortion provision among practicing obstetrician-gynecologists. Obstet Gynecol 118:609-14
Stulberg, Debra B; Zhang, James X; Lindau, Stacy Tessler (2011) Socioeconomic disparities in ectopic pregnancy: predictors of adverse outcomes from Illinois hospital-based care, 2000-2006. Matern Child Health J 15:234-41