Online Program

Setting the standard of care for providing quality family planning services

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 : 8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

Susan Moskosky, MS, RNC, Office of Population Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD
Karen Pazol, PhD MPH, Division of Reproductive Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Kathleen Desilets, BA, Graduate Certificate in Public Health, DHHS/OASH/Region I Family Planning, Boston, MA
Christina Fowler, PhD, MPH, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC
Abstract: The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are preparing to release new guidance designed to establish a national standard of care for, and improve the quality of, the provision of family planning services in the United States. The guidance updates “program guidelines” that the Federal Title X program has historically published for its network of more than 4,000 service sites. The new guidance builds on this history in several ways. Some of the unique features of this guidance include: defining a core set of family planning services for women and for men; providing more details about how to provide family planning services in an evidence-based manner and referencing key professional and Federal guidance, such as CDC's Medical Eligibility for Contraceptive Use; recommending how to provide contraceptive counseling, serve adolescents, conduct community outreach, and perform quality improvement; and highlighting the opportunity to use the family planning service delivery platform to provide a broader package of essential preventive services to women and men. While most important for Title X settings, we expect that this guidance will be implemented within and have a meaningful impact on the larger field of reproductive health service delivery regardless of the setting in which services are provided.

Learning Areas:

Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Describe the rationale for updating the guidance Describe the process by which the guidance was updated Describe and illustrate the major content areas addressed in the guidance

Keyword(s): Reproductive Health, Quality

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the long-time director of the Title X Family Planning Program - the target audience for the guidelines, and have also been one of the leads on the entire guidelines process.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.