The 2015 New York State Family Planning Provider Meeting was held October 6-7, 2015 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY.
This meeting provided an opportunity for New York State family planning providers to further explore issues centered on serving priority populations and those individuals at risk for negative reproductive health outcomes such as unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STI) and HIV/AIDS, poor birth outcomes, and maternal mortality and morbidity.
Regardless of geographic location or agency type, New York State family planning providers serve low-income individuals and other populations in need of high-quality sexual and reproductive health care in their service areas. Engaging these “priority” populations into care requires strategic approaches to outreach, community education, and community engagement. It also requires strong systems to ensure that patient access and experience are optimal and that patients seek out and keep returning for care. Successfully serving these priority populations should translate to improved community health and reduced health disparities.
In spring 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. This meeting, attended by over 130 participants, built on challenges and opportunities identified in the cluster trainings.