NYS COE QUARTERLY E-NEWSLETTER

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Dear Family Planning Provider:

As we conclude 2015 and move into 2016, it is a time to reflect on the great work of New York State’s family planning provider community.

In 2015, the women and adolescents served by New York State Department of Health’s (NYS DOH) network of 48 family planning providers experienced unprecedented access to effective and highly effective contraception. Such access—as measured by contraceptive coverage, recognized nationally as a marker of access—is the product of investments in continuous quality improvement efforts by all. In mid-2015, 73.4% of all unduplicated female clients who were not pregnant, seeking pregnancy, of infertile left their visit with an effective or highly effective contraceptive method, up from 64.9% in 2013. Additionally, 18.3% of all unduplicated female clients who were not pregnant, seeking pregnancy, of infertile left their last visit with a highly effective method of contraception (e.g., IUD, contraceptive implant).

In December, the New York State Center of Excellence for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services (NYS COE) had the privilege of presenting on these successes at NYS DOH’s SPEED Rounds (Science, Program Evaluation, Epidemiology, Data), which showcases the research and activities of NYS DOH-funded projects. The strides made by this network of family planning providers to increase client access to evidence-based contraceptive services also was highlighted on the national stage this year, most notably at the Title X National Grantee Meeting in August.

This year marked a shift in focus to identifying and engaging priority populations into care, and the in-depth examination around how education and outreach strategies, community engagement strategies, clinical systems, staff attitudes and beliefs all impact whether clients from priority populations come through the door—and return. The NYS COE is excited to continue working with family planning providers in 2016 as they implement quality improvement initiatives aimed at increasing clients served, with a focus on those populations most at-risk for reproductive health outcomes like unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and HIV, and poor birth outcomes. We are excited to be offering two intensive capacity-building events, a Male Services Institute and a Health Educators Institute in March and April, respectively; continue working with the 11 agencies participating in a Learning Collaborative focused on increasing adolescent and young adults served; and develop additional trainings and resources based on identified needs. 

Thank you for this ongoing and successful partnership,
The NYS COE Team

updates from nys coe

Reproductive Life Planning for Male Clients

New York State’s family planning provider community has made great strides to expand preconception care services to women in hopes of linking them to needed family planning services and improving birth outcomes among women and infants alike. Recently, in Providing Quality Family Planning (QFP) Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Office of Population Affairs (OPA) set a precedent for assessing the reproductive life plan of both female and male clients, creating both a challenge and an opportunity for programs seeking to provide sexual and reproductive services to adolescent and adult males in need of education and clinical services. Read More...

The Role of Family Planning Providers in the DSRIP Program

The Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program, announced in April 2014, aims to reduce preventable hospitalizations by 25% over five years. To achieve this loft goal, safety-net providers must employ innovative approaches in infrastructure development and system redesign to achieve clinical and population health improvements. Specifically, 25 Performing Provider Systems (PPS) statewide are seeking to improve patient experiences with health care, working alongside community partners to coordinate care for patients and integrate health care delivery systems. Read More...

nys coe spotlight

Interview with Vanessa Arenas,
New York State Center of Excellence for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services

What is your role at the New York State Center of Excellence for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services?

I am the Program Manager for the New York State Center of Excellence for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services (NYS COE) and Senior Technical Advisor at CAI. In my role, I provide day-to-day administrative support to the NYS COE, as well as offer technical assistance to the New York State Department of Health’s (NYS DOH) network of family planning providers. I work alongside the NYS COE Team to develop capacity-building opportunities and performance management initiatives designed to support family planning providers in the implementation of operational best practices.
Click here to read the full interview.

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2015-2016 NYS COE Learning Collaborative Participating Agencies

The proportion of clients under 20 years who received services at New York State Department of Health’s (NYS DOH) network of 49 family planning providers decreased by 15.3% between 2011 and 2014. During this time, the proportion of clients aged 20 to 24 years decreased by 8.2%. At the end of October, the 2015-2016 NYS Center of Excellence for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services (NYS COE) Learning Collaborative convened representatives from 11 family planning provider agencies for its first in-person Learning Session. The participating agencies, who applied to participate in this 7-month Learning Collaborative, have made a commitment to work diligently to address the decreasing proportion of adolescents and young adults receiving Title X services through their family planning programs. As part of this commitment, these agencies will apply the principles of performance management to explore how outreach efforts, clinic systems, staff attitudes and beliefs, and community partnerships impact the number of adolescents and young adults served at one selected health center site. Read More...

articles of interest

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...

upcoming trainings and events

Male Services Institute

The New York State Center of Excellence for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services (NYS COE) is convening a one-day Male Services Institute with nationally recognized faculty to deliver separate tracks for clinicians and administrators. The goal of this training will be to enhance the capacity of New York State family planning providers to increase the provision of and improve services delivered to male clients. Read More...

Health Educators Institute

The NYS COE Health Educators Institute seeks to enhance the capacity of its participants to: develop outreach strategies that consider the needs and realities of the priority populations; examine when, where, and how educational programs should be offered in schools and at community-based organizations (CBO); consider the role of “evidenced-based interventions” in the community; be an authentic partner in community engagement efforts; and leverage the health educator role as part of clinic operations, particularly by providing contraceptive counseling and risk-reduction counseling. Read More...