NYS COE Quarterly e-Newsletter


Dear Family Planning Provider:

The New York State Center of Excellence for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services (NYS COE) recently convened the 2016 Family Planning Provider Meeting in Albany, which focused on strategies to increase access to family planning services for women, men, and adolescents with incomes at or below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). While the need for family planning services certainly exists among individuals with higher incomes, this population is particularly at risk for unintended pregnancy. In fact, the unintended pregnancy rate among women with incomes at or below the FPL is more than five times as high as that among women with above 200% of the FPL (Finer et al., 2016). Considering the Title X program was designed to provide contraceptive services to all who want and need them, with priority given to low-income individuals, as well as that the Title X program’s goal is to assist individuals in determining the number and spacing of their children through the provision of family planning services,” providing contraceptive services to low-income populations undeniably is the “bread and butter” of family planning providers’ work. Yet, many family planning providers have systems in place that create obstacles for this priority population. This Meeting was dedicated to examining those obstacles from all angles to identify systems-level changes that can be made to remove barriers to access

Many family planning providers left the 1.5-day Meeting with a renewed commitment to identifying and implementing shifts that stand to greatly impact clients’ lives—from identifying and working with non-traditional partners, to “blowing up the schedule” to provide open access, to meaningfully engaging clients in important decisions that impact their care. The NYS COE team looks forward to continuing to support all programs as they implement these changes, including through the 2016-2017 Learning Collaborative, which will work with participating agencies to increase the number and proportion of clients with incomes at or below the FPL served. See the NYS COE’s updates below for more information!

Thank you for your dedication and continued partnership,
The NYS COE Team

updates from nys coe

Title X Grants for Ensuring Access to Quality Planning Services

On July 21, the Office of Population Affairs announced its Ensuring Access to Quality Family Planning Services grant awards to eight existing Title X grantees. Funding supports activities on a range of topics to support infrastructure and operational improvements, as well as outreach to new clients within Title X service areas. Among the awardees was New York State Department of Health, which was funded for Priority Area 5: Outreach to low-income men and women of reproductive age in need of family planning services. Read More...

Moving beyond outreach: Decreasing barriers to access for adolescents living in poverty

Title X family planning providers have made great strides in drawing attention to the sexual and reproductive health care needs of adolescents and young adults, recognizing that a majority of adolescent and young adult pregnancies are unintended. Agencies have expanded their outreach and education efforts to include school-based programming, social marketing, and partnership with youth service organizations. However, these strategies sometimes miss the most vulnerable adolescents – those with family incomes at or below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Read More...

The NYS COE Convenes the 2016 NYS Family Planning Provider Meeting

The 2016 New York State (NYS) Family Planning Provider meeting, was convened on June 15-16 in Albany, NY. The Meeting brought together 107 individuals from 49 New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH)-funded family planning agencies, NYS DOH, and other stakeholders to explore the unique barriers that individuals at or below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) encounter when attempting to navigate the healthcare system. Attendees and strategize systems-level changes to help remove or alleviate barriers to access. Read More...

nys doh spotlight

Interview with Michael Acosta

What is your role with the New York State Comprehensive Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care Services Program?

I am an Assistant Director with the Bureau of Women, Infant and Adolescent Health (BWIAH). Comprehensive Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care Services is one of three program areas that I oversee. Click here to read the full interview.

provider spotlight

MIC Women's Health Services

MIC Women’s Health Services, a program of Public Health Solutions, has been providing quality, comprehensive family planning services for over 50 years. With locations in Fort Greene and Eastern Parkway, MIC provided services to over 3,500 clients in 2015.

We spoke to Sandra Williams, Senior Program Director at MIC Women’s Health Services, to learn more about their approach to expanding their services to meet the needs of males in their community. Williams explained that, just a few years ago, when the conversation around providing Title X services to males began in earnest, MIC Women’s Health Services was not seeing any male clients. At this time, it became apparent that it would be necessary to develop a strategy for engaging males at their health centers in order to be compliant with Title X requirements. Read More...

Research from the field

Medicaid Benefits Available for the Prevention, Detection and Response to the Zika Virus. This Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) bulletin highlights, among other prevention strategies, the role that reproductive health counseling and contraceptive service provision plays in preventing the spread of Zika virus disease. Read More...

Accessing sexual health information online: use, motivations and consequences for youth with different sexual orientations. This article by Mitchell et al. explores why youth of different sexual orientations are motivated to search for sexual health information online and how this information is used. The study suggests that youth who identify as gay, lesbian, or queer are significantly more likely to turn to the internet for information on sex, largely motivated by issues of privacy and the absence of people to turn to for information. Read More...

Adolescent reproductive knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs and future fatherhood. This article explores the ways in which adolescent males’ reproductive knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs impacts their reproductive outcomes. Garfield et al. analyzed outcomes from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, which included over 10,000 adolescent men from across the United States. They found that the knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of adolescent men predicted their likelihood of becoming fathers and residing with the child. Read More...

upcoming trainings and events

Hands-On Male Clinical Training

In 2014, males represented only 8.7% of unduplicated clients served by New York State Department of Health’s (NYS DOH) family planning provider network. There is no doubt that males play an integral role in family planning, though they make up a minority of clients served in New York State family planning settings. Read More...