Our Family Planning Capacity Building Program (FPCBP) supports primary care practices to provide high-quality and innovative family planning services to underserved communities. Women need resources whether they are excited and ready to start a family, or do not intend to become a mother in the near future.
FPCBP led a Quality Improvement Learning Collaborative (QILC) with four Federally Qualified Health Centers to develop family planning best practices for providers. The Collaborative’s objective was to increase the use of effective birth control methods by providing coaching, training, and technical assistance to providers in participating sites.
As a result of the project, overall annual screening for pregnancy intention among all four sites increased 77%, and number patients who left the visit initiating or continuing an effective contraceptive method increased 53%.
Following the project, PHS developed a toolkit called Improving the Quality of Contraceptive Care in Primary Care Settings: A Toolkit for Practitioners. It is available to download for healthcare organizations and providers undertaking QI projects to improve contraceptive care in their practices.
As a result of the pilot, PHS received funding to lead a similar QILC with six New York City Health + Hospitals adolescent clinics. PHS also received funding to provide family planning capacity building as part of Choose Well, a contraceptive access initiative to reduce unintended pregnancy in South Carolina and to help educate women and men of all ages so that they can make informed decisions about their reproductive health, free from coercion or stigma.