NYS COE Quarterly e-Newsletter


The COE is excited to announce two new staff members that have joined the CAI team. In January, Lucy Paez Stelzner began at CAI as the Director of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services and in February Dilrupa Haque began at CAI as the Program Coordinator for this project.

Lucy comes to CAI with an extensive public health background in the areas of reproductive health, community health and working with youth and adolescents within school-based health centers. Before working at CAI, Lucy was a program director in the school health program at Morris Heights Health Center, which is an FQHC located in the Bronx, NY. In this role, Lucy supported the development and implementation of school health services, collaborated with school administrations and supported program staff to provide quality reproductive health services in a school setting. In addition, Lucy has previous experience working within community health at school-based health centers, as well as running a family resource center. Lucy received her Master of Public Health degree with a focus in maternal and child health from Boston University School of Public Health, as well as her Master of Science degree with a focus in health communication from the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Dilrupa Haque is the new Program Coordinator at CAI working on various projects including NYS COE, School-Based Health Centers, and Maternal and Infant Health.  She is a Brooklyn native and took part in two AmeriCorps service-terms before joining the team at CAI, one at NYC Emergency Management and another at FEMA Corps.  She majored in International Relations during her undergraduate study at the State University of New York at New Paltz.


updates from NYS COE

COE Provider Meeting May 10-11, 2017

This is a reminder to all programs that you are invited to the annual NYSDOH Bureau of Women, Infant, & Adolescent Health Provider Meeting on May 10th and 11th at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, New York. This year, the three NYSDOH-funded Centers of Excellence – ACT for Youth, Maternal and Infant Health (MIH), and Family Planning and Reproductive Health – will come together on May 10th for a one-day joint meeting to connect the work being done by the three groups along the reproductive life course. A draft program for the joint meeting can be found here. On Thursday, May 11th, Family Planning agencies will meet for their annual meeting with a focus on program sustainability. Read More...

2016-2017 NYS DOH Ensuring Access Learning Collaborative

Over the past 6 months, NYS COE, through a partnership between NYS DOH and the federal Office of Population Affairs, has been working with twelve agencies to explore ways to increase the number and proportion of clients served with incomes at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Through two face-to-face learning sessions and check-in webinars, participants from these agencies have worked together to review current outreach strategies and clinic systems to develop action plans to increase access for low-income clients in their communities. Read More... 


Updates from NFPRHA

The National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association Conference was held from March 5th to March 7th, 2017 in Washington, D. C. The conference drew a large crowd of attendees from across the U.S. ranging from family planning program providers, Title X grantee leaders and public health professionals enmeshed in the reproductive health programmatic environment. Read More...


Important 340B Updates

The 340B Drug Discount Program is a U.S federal government program created in 1992 that requires drug manufacturers to provide outpatient drugs to eligible health care organizations or covered entities at significantly reduced prices. Eligible organizations that can participate in the program are listed in section 340B(a)(4)(A) of the Public Service Health Act (PHSA) and are enabled to purchase drugs at a discounted price. Read More...


Johnson, D., Juras, R., Riley, P., Chatterji, M., & Sloane, P. (2017). A randomized controlled trial of the impact of a family planning mHealth service on knowledge and use of contraception. Contraception, 95(1), 90–97.

In a randomized control study in Kenya, researchers evaluated the effect of a text message service providing family planning information on participant knowledge and use of contraception. New consumers of the m4RH text service were assigned to either full or limited access groups. Full-access consumers were provided with messages on benefits and disadvantages of family planning methods, a clinic-locator, and stories of role models making family planning decisions. Read More...

Romero, L. M., H, P., Olaiya, O., Ch, M. B. B., Hallum-Montes, R., Ph, D., … Middleton, D. (2017). Efforts to Increase Implementation of Evidence-Based Clinical Practices to Improve Adolescent-Friendly Reproductive Health Services. Journal of Adolescent Health, 60(3), S30–S37.
This study analyzed data from health centers participating in a CDC-funded teen pregnancy prevention initiative. Data from 48 participating health centers was analyzed to identify evidence-based clinical practices that were being implemented at the centers and any opportunities for improvement. Data was also analyzed from a sample of 30 health center partners regarding their experience implementing evidence-based practices and any barriers or facilitators to that implementation. Read More...

Johnston, E M., Courtot, C., Kenney, G M. Access to Contraception in 2016 and What It Means to Women.  Washington, DC: Urban Institute, 2004. The Urban Institute. The Urban Institute, January 2017. Web. March. 2017.
In a policy brief that is part of a larger project examining the impact of expanded access to contraceptives on women and their families, the Urban Institute reported on data from their Survey of Family Planning and Women’s Lives (SFPWL) to estimate access to birth control and the role of birth control in women’s lives in 2016. Read More...

Hasstedt, K. (2017). Why We Cannot Afford to Undercut the Title X National Family Planning Program. Guttmacher Policy Review. Vol 20. 
In a special series on policies addressing reproductive health under the current administration, the Guttmacher Institute argues for continued funding of the Title X national family planning program. The review notes that Title X serves 1 out of 5 women needing reproductive services in the United States and argues that rates of unintended pregnancy would be as much as 33% higher without the program. Read More...


Contraceptive Counseling Cluster Trainings: April, May, June dates

The NYS COE is conducting five one-day cluster trainings for family planning agency staff on evidence-informed contraceptive counseling strategies, with a focused attention on updates within Title X’s Providing Quality Family Planning Services recommendations.Read More...

Transgender Services Webinar: April 26, 2017

This webinar will provide Family Planning Program staff with up-to-date terminology, research highlights and best practices for what health centers can do to create more welcoming, affirming and inclusive health care environments for transgender people. This webinar will include tools for programs to review their level of inclusion, snapshots of experiences of transgender New Yorkers and practical applications for centers to make their spaces welcoming for transgender people. 

Billing and Coding Webinar: June 1, 2017
This webinar will cover the basics of billing and coding regulations and guidelines with regards to Tittle X requirements. It will help agencies to understand best practices that are aligned with programmatic requirements to ensure maximum revenue for services. 
Health Education Leadership Institute:  Rensselaerville, NY, July 24-26th, 2017

This three-day interactive institute will welcome technical experts and presenters with vast experience in the field of family planning, sexual health and health education. Notably, we are excited to announce Elizabeth Schroeder as our featured guest facilitator for this event. This institute is aimed at enhancing the capacity of health education supervisors, managers and directors in planning evidence-based outreach and community engagement to target populations.

Clinic Systems Institute: Saratoga Springs, NY, October 24-26th, 2017

This three-day institute will focus on best practices to improve clinic systems, with an emphasis on maximizing appointment scheduling systems, decreasing client wait time, and increasing access for individuals living at or below the federal poverty level.
Registration information coming soon.