Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
White’s research focuses on the impact of health service delivery models and policies on access to and use of highly effective contraception, with a focus on low-income and immigrant populations. Her recent projects include a collaborative evaluation of legislation affecting family planning funding and abortion restrictions in Texas, assessing factors influencing vasectomy use, and examining women’s access to abortion and post-abortion contraception in the Southeast.
Assesses women's preferences for contraception after delivery and compares use with preferences.
Finds that, following the 2013 Texas House Bill 2, one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, the number of Texas facilities providing abortions declined from 41 in 2012 to 17 in June 2016.
Assesses women’s knowledge of specific abortion restrictions in Texas and reasons for supporting these laws.
Assesses women’s experiences obtaining affordable family planning services in the wake of substantial budget cuts to state family planning programs.
Assesses pregnancies that could have been averted through improved access to contraceptive methods in the two years after delivery.
Assesses male partners’ perceived willingness to undergo vasectomy through surveys with 470 Mexican-origin women who did not want more children in El Paso, Texas.
Evaluates the effect of legislation in Texas that dramatically cut and restricted participation in the state’s family planning program in 2011. Finds that 25% of family planning clinics in Texas closed, organizations served 54% fewer clients, and long-acting reversible contraception was less widely available.
Evaluates the effect of Alabama’s 2011 omnibus immigration law on Latina immigrants and their US- and foreign-born children’s access to and use of health services. Finds that the predominant effect was a reduction in service availability, that affordability and acceptability of care were adversely affected, and that nonpregnant women and foreign-born children experienced the greatest barriers.