NYS COE Quarterly e-Newsletter


Dear Family Planning Provider,
Greetings from the Center of Excellence for Family Planning (COE) team! We  are inspired by all of the impressive work that you have done so far this year and we appreciate your participation and feedback in the COE events throughout the year. We are excited to announce a new staff member that has joined the CAI team. In June, Ruth Gonzalez-Fariña began at CAI as the Program Coordinator for this project.

Ruth comes to CAI with extensive experience in project management for a wide range of international agencies and multilateral organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank. Before joining the team at CAI she worked in the area of coordinating learning and development programs at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ruth is originally from Paraguay, where she majored in Business Administration. She is accredited as a Project Management in Development Professional by APMG-international. Welcome to the team, Ruth!

The NYS COE Team

updates from NYS COE

2016-2017 NYS DOH Ensuring Access Learning Collaborative

In June 2017, CAI held the Summative Congress for the 2016-2017 Ensuring Access to Quality Family Planning Services Learning Collaborative. Over the course of this collaborative, which consisted of three face-to-face meetings and six webinars, participating agencies sought to improve the number and proportion of new and returning clients served who are below 101% of the Federal Poverty Level.  Read More...


COE Health Education Leadership Institute 

The Center of Excellence for Family Planning (COE) completed a successful Health Education Leadership Institute in Rensselaerville, NY at the Carey Institute for Global Good from July 24-26, 2017. Participants took part in this intensive three-day institute in a beautiful retreat setting that covered topics such as using a sexual and reproductive justice framework within family planning, effectively using data to plan outreach, best practices in health education and outreach, serving and reaching LGBTQ clients and engaging and outreaching to male clients. Read More...


The NYS COE is excited to announce additional trainings and webinars that will be offered this fall for family planning program staff. We will be offering another set of cluster trainings on the topic of Community Mapping within the Asset Based Community Development framework.

The webinars offered will include Best Practices in Appointment Scheduling (10/11/17), Preconception Health (12/5/17) and Best Practices for Reaching and Engaging Male Clients (12/14/17).
To register, please follow links below. 

In Person Trainings: Community Mapping within the Asset Based Community Development Framework
November/December 2017

These full day trainings will be conducted in multiple locations and will be geared towards program directors and management level staff. Participants will be encouraged to explore effective ways to identify the assets and resources within their community in order to map out areas of strengths and needs to best reach their priority populations. Read More...

Webinar: Best Practices in Appointment Scheduling 
October 11, 2017 10:00-11:30 AM
This 90-minute webinar will provide Family Planning Program staff with best practices in the design, implementation, and evaluation of appointment scheduling systems. Webinar focus will include examining how well designed appointment scheduling systems can contribute to improved staff productivity, improved access to services, improved client and staff experience of care, and ultimately improved health outcomes for the clients we serve. Read More...

med 1Webinar: Preconception Health for Family Planning Providers
December 5, 2017 2:00 to 3:30pm 
This 90-minute webinar will provide Family Planning Program staff with information about preconception health as it relates to their programs and how to integrate preconception health care services aligned with the QFP into clinical services. During the webinar, we will review Title X preconception health requirements as outlined in the QFP, updates on preconception health care, and discuss how to operationalize research and practice into clinical care. Additionally, the webinar will review key indicators related to preconception health rankings  across the country and direct ways that the findings can be utilized to inform practice. Read More...

Webinar: Best Practices for Reaching and Engaging Male Clients 
December 14, 2017 10:00 to 11:30am
This 90-minute webinar will address best practices for reaching and engaging male clients within family planning programs. Although we have made progress on creating male involvement programs, sexual and reproductive health programming and services are still primarily focused on female clients. This webinar will help participants understand the sociocultural messages relating to sexual and reproductive health and masculinity, and connect the values they represent to how we can more effectively reach and retain male clients. Read More...


Joyce C. Abma, and Gladys M. Martinez (2017). Sexual Activity and Contraceptive Use Among Teenagers in the United States, 2011–2015. National Health Statistics Reports, 104. 
This report presents national estimates of sexual activity and contraceptive use among males and females aged 15–19 in the United States in 2011–2015, based on data from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG).  For selected indicators, data are also presented from the 1988, 1995, 2002, and 2006–2010 NSFGs, and from the 1988 and 1995 National Survey of Adolescent Males, which was conducted by the Urban Institute. Read More...

books 1Renu Addlakha, Janet Price & Shirin Heidari (2017) Disability and sexuality: claiming sexual and reproductive rights, Reproductive Health Matters, 25:50, 4-9.
More than 15% of the world’s population are affected by disability, including physical and sensory impairments, developmental and intellectual disability and psychosocial disability. While it goes without saying that people with disability have equal rights to sexual and reproductive desires and hopes as non-disabled people, society has disregarded their sexuality and reproductive concerns, aspirations and human rights. Read More...

Masters, N. T., Morrison, D. M., Querna, K., Casey, E. A., & Beadnell, B. (2017). Correlates of Young Men's Intention to Discuss Birth Control with Female Partners. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 49(1), 37-43.
Factors related to sexually active young men who wish to prevent conception, but are not willing to use condoms consistently, and their intention to discuss birth control with their female partners. Improving the understanding of correlates of men's intention to have such discussions is one step toward supporting this health-facilitating behavior. A survey of heterosexually active men found that attitudes, norms and self-efficacy were each positively associated with men's intention to discuss birth control. Read More...

Yarger, J., Daniel, S., Antonia Biggs, M., Malvin, J., & Brindis, C. D. (2017). The Role of Publicly Funded Family Planning Sites in Health Insurance Enrollment. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 
Publicly funded family planning providers are well positioned to help uninsured individuals learn about health insurance coverage options and effectively navigate the enrollment process. Understanding how these providers are engaged in enrollment assistance and the challenges they face in providing assistance is important for maximizing their role in health insurance outreach and enrollment. Read More...

Additional Resources

mother 1Breastfeeding and Birth Control: Guidance for Providers
The Breastfeeding and Birth Control guide summarizes which birth control methods can be used safely by breastfeeding mothers, as well as considerations for use. The guide was developed in 2017 for providers by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Download the guide. 

Introducing LARC Link
Are you a provider or practitioner in need of LARC training? Use the LARC Link to find organizations that provide LARC training and resources online and/or in person, including product-specific training. LARC Link will help you easily find training and resources that best suit your needs. 

ACOG Frequently Asked Questions - Contraception
This handy document provides an overview of birth control methods with an emphasis on postpartum contraceptive use. This document was developed by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) to address frequently asked questions. Download the guide.

For additional information, please contact Lucy Paez Stelzner at lstelzner@caiglobal.org or (212) 594-7741, ext. 280 or Ruth Gonzalez-Fariña at RGonzalez-Farina@caiglobal.org or (212) 594-7741, ext. 277.

Click below to access future NYS COE trainings:
in-person trainings