As Title X programs across the nation are examining how to ensure continued access to needed family planning services, the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) and New York State Center of Excellence for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services (NYS COE) are proud to partner with the federal Office of Population Affairs (OPA) to enhance outreach to low-income men and women in need of family planning services. As one of the eight existing Title X grantees to receive highly competitive Ensuring Access to Quality Family Planning Services grant awards from OPA, NYS DOH/NYS COE is convening up to 12 NYS family planning providers for a Learning Collaborative to increase the number and proportion of clients served with incomes at/below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Participating agencies will work to achieve increases in low-income clients served by approaching the issue from multiple angles, considering how outreach, education, and community engagement strategies; clinic systems; and linkage and referral networks all contribute to overall performance.
Participation in the 2016-2017 Learning Collaborative is a competitive process. NYS DOH family planning providers interested in participating in this Learning Collaborative must submit an application in order to be considered for participation. While the Learning Collaborative is open to all family planning providers, the participation of agencies serving low-income individuals at rates below the statewide average (62.2% in 2014) will be prioritized and is strongly encouraged. Through the application process, up to twelve (12) family planning agencies will be selected to participate.
NYS DOH/NYS COE will support participating agencies by providing travel stipends of $3,000 to offset the cost of travel to the Learning Collaborative’s three face-to-face Learning Sessions. The NYS COE also will provide support to participants to highlight progress and accomplishments associated with participation in the 2016-2017 Learning Collaborative at national, regional/State and local conferences and meetings. This also includes the potential to publish findings in peer-reviewed journals.
The NYS COE is hosting an informational Webinar on Wednesday, August 24 at 10:00am to share more information about this unique opportunity, review the application process, and provide family planning providers with the opportunity to ask questions. To register for this Webinar, please click here.
To access the Application for the 2016-2017 Learning Collaborative, including a calendar of all activities, please click here. Please complete application by Monday, September 12, 2016, and send to the attention of Julia Sheed, Project Coordinator, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.