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Project type: Engagement

Reproductive Health Arizona

Reproductive Health Arizona (RHAZ) is a joint project of ASU’s Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics and the Center for Biology and Society. RHAZ aims to address the evolving meanings and significance of reproductive health and medicine within Arizona. This project uses transdisciplinary humanities methods, including digital publications, and personal and historical narratives, to develop resources to increase public literacy about human reproduction and Arizona’s history of reproductive health and medicine.


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Applied Ethics Dimension

As an applied ethics project, RHAZ creates an opportunity for networking across multiple sectors by helping to foster the human community which is central to the mission of the Lincoln Center. The project values interdisciplinary collaboration across researchers at ASU, and embedding the products of that research in communities of practice. 

Project Description

The Lincoln Center provides support for RHAZ by hosting events that foster a community of people and organizations that care about reproductive health, medicine, and biology from across the sectors of government, healthcare, education, research, non-profits, industry, and philanthropy. Those events include the annual Network and Learn event and smaller reproductive health-related seminars throughout the year.


RHAZ provides a place to record Arizona’s history of reproductive health and medicine and to improve the public’s literacy of that history. The Lincoln Center helps to facilitate those goals by providing a venue in which to civilly discuss those issues among Arizona’s leaders on reproductive health and medicine—from academics, to healthcare providers, to industry bioscientists.

Student Engagement

Graduate and undergraduate students are integral to the functioning of RHAZ, and are responsible for helping to plan and execute project directives. Many have used the project as a means of researching information for theses and dissertations. The RHAZ team meets weekly as a group to discuss the progress of the project. 

Collaborators / Partners

Reproductive Health Arizona (RHAZ) is a project whose primary investigators include Jason Robert, Director of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, and Jane Maienschein, Director of the Center for Biology and Society. Erica O'Neil directs the project with the assistance of Jovanna Anzaldua. RHAZ collaborators at ASU are drawn from across the university and include scholars and students working in the sciences, pre-professional programs, the arts, and humanities.


Erica O'Neil, PhD

Engagement Lead