Between 2011 and 2014, the proportion of clients with incomes at or below 100% of the federal poverty level served by New York State Department of Health-funded family planning providers declined. Despite this decline, low-income individuals continued to be a population most in need of family planning services, as signaled by the persistent disparities in reproductive health outcomes experienced by this group. Community mapping is a tool for effectively identifying, engaging, and recruiting hard-to-reach low-income women, men, and adolescents. During this half-day pre-meeting workshop, participants received hands-on experience with three strategies for community mapping.
Tom Klaus, PhD - Tom Klaus & Associates
Dr. Klaus is the former Director of Capacity Building and Sustainability at Advocates for Youth.
As a result of this workshop, participants were able to:
- Describe indicators of social disorganization that can be used to identify those individuals most in need of family planning services
- Practice a basic eco-mapping strategy for understanding which services low-income individuals are most likely to utilize
- Practice an appreciative qualitative process to increase understanding of why low-income individuals choose to access the services they do
- Examine changes that can be made in their family planning service settings to increase utilization by low-income women, men, and adolescents