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Kate Coleman-Minahan

Assistant Professor of Nursing, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Chapter Member: Colorado SSN

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About Kate

Coleman-Minahan’s research focuses on reproductive health disparities among marginalized women, particularly adolescents and immigrants. First, she uses an intersectional framework that includes structural disadvantage, gender inequality, and cultural processes to examine women’s reproductive health decision-making. Second, she investigates how policy and clinical practice impact access to and quality of contraceptive and abortion care. 

Coleman-Minahan provides primary care to young mothers and their children at the Young Mother’s Clinic at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She also volunteers with immigrant advocacy groups such as the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) and Servicios de La Raza.


Eliminate Forced Parental Involvement in Contraception and Abortion

  • Kate Coleman-Minahan

The Process of Seeking a Judicial Bypass for Abortion May Harm Adolescents

  • Amanda Stevenson

Many Low Income Women in Texas Do Not Get the Effective Contraception They Want after Giving Birth

  • Joseph E. Potter
  • Kari White
  • Daniel A. Powers
  • Chloe Dillaway
  • Amanda Stevenson
  • Kristine Hopkins
  • Daniel Grossman

In the News

"Abortion Denial Is Harmful Vote 'No' on Proposition 115 in November," Kate Coleman-Minahan, Health, Colorado Newsline, August 26, 2020.
Kate Coleman-Minahan's research on judicial bypass laws discussed by Carolyn Crist, "Judicial Bypass Process for Abortion in Texas Causes Harm, Researchers Say," Reuters Health, September 19, 2018.


"Psychometric Properties of the Brief Social Capital for Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Instrument" (with David Cordova, Sheana S. Bull, and Evelinn A. Borrayo). Youth & Society (forthcoming, 2017).

Describes development and validation of the Brief Social Capital for Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Scale using exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis with survey data from a low-income, diverse race/ethnic group of youth in Colorado.

"The Socio-Political Context of Migration and Reproductive Health Disparities: The Case of Sexual Initiation among Mexican-Origin Immigrant Young Women" Social Science & Medicine 180 (2017): 25-93.

Using mixed qualitative and quantitative data and an intersectional framework, results suggests that gender inequality and sexual expectations in Mexican-origin households are associated with structural inequality and, challenging a stereotypical “traditional Latino culture”, household gender inequality increases risk of early sexual initiation.  

"Contraception after Delivery among Publicly Insured Women in Texas: Use Compared with Preference" (with Joseph E. Potter, Kari White, Daniel A. Powers, Amanda Stevenson, and Chloe Dillaway). Obstetrics & Gynecology 130, no. 2 (2017): 393-402.

Assesses women's preferences for contraception after delivery and compares use with preferences.

"The Socio-Political Context of Migration and Reproductive Health Disparities: The Case of Early Sexual Initiation among Mexican-Origin Immigrant Young Women" Social Science & Medicine 180 (2017): 85-93.

Explores how gender inequality and sexual expectations are both influenced by structural factors and affect reproductive health outcomes. 

"Prevalence and Predictors of Prenatal and Postpartum Contraceptive Counseling in Two Texas Cities" (with Abigail R.A. Aiken and Joseph E. Potter). Women's Health Issues (2017).

Uses data from a prospective cohort study of 803 Texas women to examine prenatal and postpartum contraceptive counseling. Results suggest that prenatal and postpartum contraceptive counseling on IUDs and implants occur infrequently among the study sample and vary by sociodemographic characteristics, including women’s socioeconomic status and where they received prenatal care (private vs. public practice).

"Immigrant Generation and Sexual Initiation among a Diverse Racial/Ethnic Group of Urban Youth" (with Marisol Chavez and Sheana Bull). Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health (2016): 1-8.

Uses logistic regression models to predict the odds of intentions to have sex and sexual experience, adding covariates that could account for differences in outcomes by immigrant generation. Results suggest that first generation immigrant youth of diverse race/ethnic groups have lower risk of early sexual initiation than second and third generation youth and that a supportive community may decrease risk of early sexual initiation.

"The Role of Older Siblings in the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Mexican-Origin Young Women in Migrant Families" (with Jean N. Scandlyn). Culture, Health and Sexuality 19, no. 2 (2016): 151-164.

Examines the influence of older siblings on reproductive health of Mexican-origin immigrant women. Data suggest that older siblings may protect younger sisters from risky sexual behaviors through older siblings’ responsibility and care for younger siblings, close and supportive sibling relationships, older siblings’ advice about both sexual health and academic success, and sibling modeling.