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Research

Adapting and Implementing a Healthcare Toolkit to Improve Women’s Healthcare Utilization for Autistic Women

Principal Investigator: Kenneth Ottenbacher (University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston)
K12 Scholar: Amber Angell

Project Period: 9/01/20 – 8/31/21
Funding Source: NIH NICHD/NINDS Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program
Award Number: K12 HD055929
Anticipated Award: $123,292

Girls and women are increasingly identified and diagnosed with autism; however, very little research has focused on their health and healthcare needs. Emerging research suggests that autistic women may face disparities in women’s healthcare access and utilization compared to neurotypical individuals. This is particularly concerning because autistic women may be at increased risk for numerous women’s health conditions, including sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and ovarian and breast cancer. The purpose of this implementation research study is to adapt and implement an evidence-based healthcare toolkit to improve women’s healthcare navigation for autistic women.