Michelle Luneau

Michelle Luneau - 2019 Nominee
Position: Nurse Practitioner
Organization: Planned Parenthood of The Pacific Southwest
Current Location: United States
Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University, School of Nursing
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Women's Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (WHNP-BC)-NCC
Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner- Board Certified (AGNP-BC)- AANP
University of California Berkeley,B.A. in Latin American Studies.
75 Public Votes Reached!
Michelle is the lead clinician at PPPSW's specialty center. She performs first trimester abortions using the nursing model of care to it's fullest potential. She works tirelessly, advocating for the well being of her patients and staff. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As a WHNP, I feel It is crucial that the nursing model’s holistic approach be applied to reproductive health and abortion care. During my graduate program I received a scholarship to complete surgical abortion training in Mexico City. Two skilled OB/ GYNs taught me the technical aspects of pregnancy termination and what it means to be an abortion provider. After becoming an NP I chose to practice in San Diego, my home town and a place where I can apply the knowledge and language skills gained from my Latin American Studies BA. In my career I have performed over 2,000 abortion procedures. I work with a team of dedicated and experienced staff. My work is not only to ensure a safe abortion but also to make the procedure a therapeutic and empowering experience.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

When I was 18 I worked at an orphanage in Oaxaca and learned how lack of family planning impacted families and communities. At 19, I observed my sister's work in reproductive health and realized what an impact it could have on the world. I developed a passion for supporting women in realizing their full agency over reproductive health and family planning. Collectively, these experiences led me to specialize in women's health during my graduate nursing program.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

I am one of few NPs in the US providing surgical ABs.As a Lead Clinician I provide direct patient care & am a role model for colleagues & staff.This year I attended several FP conferences. RN's from my clinic joined me in attendance. I introduced them to other nurses from across the country who provide FP care.Together we saw we are part of a larger global FP community. I'm Currently preparing to present on the importance of "De-stigmatizing Abortion Care" at clinics in my region.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

$200 and this new platform would be used to apply for an MPH program. I would like to attend an MPH program so I can produce knowledge that increases access to reproductive healthcare worldwide.
$800 would be used to train medical assistants in the "Abortion Doula" model. Doula training will give staff an opportunity to enhance their skills as patient advocates and educators. This training will directly enhance the patient experience and have an ongoing effect in reducing stigma.

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