NYS COE Quarterly

The Quarterly E-Newsletter from the New York State Center of Excellence for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services


Dear Family Planning Provider:

In May and June 2015, the New York State Center of Excellence for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services (NYS COE) convened eight regional cluster trainings as part of its second performance management initiative, centered upon serving priority populations. Priority populations of the Title X Family Planning Program include women, men, and adolescents with incomes at or below the federal poverty level, as well as individuals at increased risk for negative reproductive health outcomes such as unintended pregnancy, HIV and sexually transmitted infections, infant mortality, and maternal mortality and morbidity. While the NYS COE’s first performance management initiative sought to build family planning providers’ capacity to utilize the principles of performance management to improve performance around a defined measure related to access to effective and highly effective contraception, this performance management initiative did not focus on a set performance measure. Instead, it aimed to enhance family planning providers’ ability to use quality improvement strategies to improve access to Title X family planning services among priority populations (as identified using agency and site-level client data and community data).

While delivering the Serving Priority Populations trainings across New York State, the NYS COE learned of innovative strategies presently being used by family planning provider agencies to identify the most vulnerable populations and bring them into care. It also identified gaps in current practices that, when addressed, provide opportunity for the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) sub-recipient network to better serve those women, men, and adolescents most in need of high-quality sexual and reproductive health services. The NYS COE will host several targeted training and capacity-building opportunities in the following year, including:

  • A 9-month Learning Collaborative that will work with selected agencies to increase the proportion of adolescents and young adults (20-24 years) served—age groups for which client counts have declined in recent years
  • The NYS Family Planning Provider Meeting, which will convene program leaders from all 49 sub-recipient agencies in Albany, NY, to examine best practices and promising strategies for identifying and engaging priority populations into care
  • The NYS Male Services Institute in Troy, NY, which will include separate tracks for program administrators, clinicians, and health educators, and focus on evidence-based approaches and operational considerations for providing high-quality sexual and reproductive health services to male clients
  • Other follow-up training and technical assistance
  • The NYS COE will circulate more information about these opportunities in the coming month.

The CAI team is excited to maintain the momentum established through its last performance management initiative and the first months of this initiative, and looks to the entire NYS DOH sub-recipient network for feedback and guidance moving forward. Working together and drawing on one another’s successes and lessons-learned, this network can make measurable improvements with engaging vulnerable populations into care, ultimately improving reproductive health outcomes in New York State.


The NYS COE team

updates from nys coe

Update from the 2015 Title X HIV Integration Project Technical Support Meeting
Meeting on April 30 and May 1, CAI, as the Family Planning National Training Center for Coordination and Strategic Initiatives (NTC-CSI), hosted the Title X HIV Integration Project 2015 Technical Support Meeting in Alexandria, VA.  The Meeting brought together HIV Integration Project grantee organizations--including the New York State Department of Health--as well as representatives from five Title X National Training Centers and OPA, to examine the role of Title X grantees in addressing the ongoing HIV epidemic.Read More...

NYS COE Website Enhancement Project
In an effort to enhance the current New York State Center of Excellence for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services’ (NYS COE) website to provide the New York State Department of Health-funded (NYS DOH) family planning providers both with what they want and need from a website, the NYS COE team is partnering with CAI’s Communications Department to launch a NYS COE Website Workgroup.Read more...

provider spotlight

Oswego County Opportunities in Fulton, NY
Staff at the Centers for Reproductive Health at Oswego County Opportunities, Inc., (OCO) have a long-standing commitment to providing quality, comprehensive services to the women and men of Oswego County using evidence-based strategies.  In 2013, OCO committed a multidisciplinary team to participate in the NYS COE’s Learning Collaborative. Although OCO’s performance on Performance Measure #7, Proportion of eligible female clients leaving with an effective or highly effective form of contraception, a marker of access, was strong when the NYS COE first put out its call for applications for its first Learning Collaborative, OCO program leadership recognized the opportunity for improvement. Read more...

grantee spotlight

Interview with Karen Hopkins - From the Bureau of Women, Infant and Adolescent Health at the NYSDOH
This quarter, the NYS COE is pleased to highlight Karen Hopkins, a familiar and ever-helpful member of the NYS DOH Comprehensive Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care Services Program team. We sat down with Karen to ask her a few questions about herself and her role at NYS DOH. Click here to read the full interview.

upcoming trainings and events

2015 Family Planning Provider Meeting

Target Audience: All New York State Title X Family Planning Program sub-recipient agencies are required to send a minimum of two staff persons, including the Project Director and 1-2 additional program leaders with decision-making authority in the areas of community engagement, communications, education and outreach, and/or patient services.

Dates & Times:
Day One: Tuesday, October 6, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Day Two: Wednesday, October 7, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Location & Lodging: The Desmond Hotel, 660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, NY 12211
Note: A hotel room block at the government rate of $111 for a single occupancy room is available to Meeting attendees.

New York State Male Services Institute

Target Audience: Program administrators, clinicians, and health educators who would like to learn evidence-based and best practice strategies for engaging males into care and delivering Title X services to male clients. There will be separate tracks for each of these audiences, with continuing education credits available for the clinician track.

Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Time: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Troy, 235 Hoosick Street, Troy, NY 12180
Note: A hotel room block at the government rate of $102 for a single occupancy room is available to Institute attendees.

Please click here to access the full trainings' calendar.

translating research to practice

Advances in reproductive health service delivery are guided by past and present research. The following articles highlight several opportunities for family planning providers to improve the accessibility and quality of reproductive health services. Read more...