Although the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision left us stunned, there has never been a more important time to act. Following the draft SCOTUS opinion leak, I came together with colleagues from different academic, clinical, and leadership backgrounds—we call ourselves the Kitchen Table Group because we have gathered in the evenings around our kitchen tables. We sought advice of colleagues from other institutions and considered how the impending Dobbs decision would affect our academic medical center. The following illustrates our initial steps:
We brought a collective leadership model and approached the realities of Dobbs with a focus on harm reduction. While this tactic may appear muted, we have successfully built trust with our institutional leadership around issues where there is common ground and received institutional support as a formal part of the solution. This will ultimately allow us to have greater impact on institutional preparedness for a Post-Roe era.