Our Work - Own Every Piece

Our Work

Building a movement by women, for women.

The Own Every Piece campaign has created opportunities for women to share their stories online and offline, and access honest information about birth control. Our work has improved the lives of women in Houston, creating a safe and judgment-free space for informed conversations that support the whole community.

Through our work, we were able to reach over 3 million women in the Houston area. By connecting them with clinic partners all over the city, they received empathetic care and birth control options as they navigated their sexual health journeys. Want to know more about our impact?

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Houston Women’s Experiences and Views on Contraception and Reproductive Health Care

Findings from the Houston Experiences in Reproductive (HER) Health Survey

The Own Every Piece team is comprised of researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in the School of Public Health (UTHealth) who sought to understand the challenges women under 45 in the area face in accessing contraception, the normative influence of family and friends in contraception use, experiences of discrimination in seeking care, and how women find contraception information. UTHealth, partnered with SSRS, a non-partisan research firm, to conduct a representative survey of Harris County women under age 45 to better understand these issues. Anyone ages 18 to 44 currently living in Harris County and identifying as a woman or reporting that they were able to become pregnant was eligible to participate in the survey. This report details the main findings of the survey.

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Say hello to the women behind the Own Every Piece Campaign at UTHealth School of Public Health. We are researchers, advocates, educators, public health experts and communications professionals who’ve come together to do what we’re passionate about—changing the conversation around birth control and making sure women all over Houston have access to the reproductive healthcare we need and deserve. Some of us have been working in this field since birth control first came on the market, while others joined the effort just a few short years ago. Combined, we have decades of experience—which means we’ve seen it all. We’re here to support every woman in our community in her journey to finding the birth control option that works for her, when the time is right. Learn more about our team below.

Kim Baker, DrPH

Kim is a woman of many talents and roles—a Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor, and Assistant Dean of Practice. A leader in the sexual health space, she’s been a known advocate for accessibility and equity. When she’s not advocating for reproductive health, she’s a leading voice in racial injustice and can be seen in the recent COVID-19 Hate and Injustice response panel with Mayor Turner’s office. From leading teams who are dedicated to advancing reproductive health, to teaching graduate students, to training those same students with public health practice skills, she does everything with grace, a steadfast vision and fortitude. 

When she’s not doing all the things, she’s helping her kiddos with last minute pre-K and Elementary school projects or watching the latest episode of Love After Lockup. We love a guilty pleasure.

My hope for the future of reproductive health is that a woman feels valued and respected after every conversation with a healthcare professional, and every single pap smear, pregnancy test and STI test.

Susan Tortolero Emery, PhD, CPH

As Senior Associate Dean at UTHealth School of Public Health and professor of behavioral science and epidemiology, Susan has been at the forefront of primary prevention and health for over 35 years. She uses her research to effectively reach diverse populations, has received funding from major organizations like the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and has continued a public discussion on the health of Black and Hispanic populations. With passion behind everything she does, Susan has been and will be prioritizing quality and equity in the reproductive health space, changing the lives of women for the better.

I work everyday with a goal in mind to impact the health, education and quality of life for young people.

Bri Lewis, MHCA

As Project Specialist, dog mom and the ultimate team player—Bri is devoted to the simple fact that “Women deserve the very best. Period!” She thoughtfully leads processes so that programming, insights, and data can be implemented, evaluated, and reported to the community and her team. From presenting to the American Public Health Association to developing an internship program at Texas Southern University through Own Every Piece, Bri constantly works towards making her vision a reality—a world where continuous innovation and accessible resources in the reproductive health space for women are always at the forefront. 

On the weekends, Bri spends time working on her dissertation, blogging, creating online content, and cuddling with her Maltese, “Lewi-V.”  

Women shouldn’t feel like birth control is not within arms reach. I hope to see change that takes away women’s fears and doubts and instead adds to their access, resources, and confidence in our reproductive healthcare and public health systems.