RISE's mission is to improve reproductive health and equity of people in the U.S. Southeast through transdisciplinary research that informs social, systems, and policy change.

Core Values


We are driven by our deep commitment to our mission of advancing scientific excellence in reproductive health in order to promote the wellbeing of people and communities across the Southeast.


We seek to improve understanding of the Southeastern reproductive health access, service delivery, and policy landscape through innovative approaches to research, education, and translation.


We subject our work in reproductive health to the highest standards of scientific integrity, institutional accountability, and meaningful community and stakeholder engagement.


We take an interdisciplinary and multi-level approach to reproductive health scholarship to foster opportunities to work together with diverse partners in pursuit of mutually-aligned goals for reproductive health in the Southeast.


We believe that reproductive health in the Southeast cannot be attained without dignity, respect, compassion, and fair treatment for all people, including acknowledgement of both historical and contemporary injustices by gender, race, class, and other socially constructed categorizations.


We aim to uplift new generations of diverse leaders in reproductive health science in our region through rigorous research training and career development support across all professional levels, fields, disciplines, and sectors.

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