Zahada Gillette-Pierce


Zahada Gillette-Pierce is an experienced policy analyst, researcher, health educator and community change agent with over six years of experience working towards sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice. Zahada earned a Bachelor’s degree from American University in Public Health and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is a twice returned Peace Corps volunteer where she served in Togo as a Community Health and Malaria Prevention volunteer and in Ethiopia as a Health Extension Volunteer. During both roles Zahada focused on improving patient-provider relationships in maternal health, implementing respectful maternity care practices, ending preventable child and maternal deaths, improving adolescent youth sexual and reproductive health outcomes as well as improving water, sanitation and hygiene for the communities in which she served.

Domestically, Zahada has worked as a policy analyst covering legislature such as the Violence against Women Act (VAWA), the Mexico City Policy, the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Woman Act, and the Public Health Service Act with respect to the Title X Family Planning Program. In addition, she has worked as a community agent to fight for access to the full suite of reproductive health services, comprehensive sexual health education and towards safer sex practices for sex workers in the Washington, DC area.

Zahada focuses on birthing and reproductive justice for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), with a heavy focus on Black birthing parents and Black folx who can get pregnant.

As part of the AccessMatters’ Training Team, Zahada’s subject matter expertise includes:

  • Black birthing justice
  • Reproductive justice
  • Implicit racial bias in healthcare
  • Healthy Patient-Provider relationships
  • Harm reduction for BIPOC sex workers

Selected Trainings

  • Black Birthing Justice 101
  • Implicit Racial Bias in Healthcare
  • Risk Reduction During a Pandemic

Selected Publications

Gillette-Pierce, K. (2017). Black Femmes’ Needs Are Ignored in Health-Care Debates, Yet They Have Much to Lose.

Gillette-Pierce, K. (2017). New Reproductive Justice Guide Is a Powerful Vision for the Future.

Gillette-Pierce, K., & Taylor, PhD., J. K. (2017). The Threat to Title X Family Planning.

Gillette-Pierce, K., & Taylor, PhD., J. K. (2017). What’s at Stake for Women: Threat of the Global Gag Rule.

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