New Program Designed to Help Healthcare Teams Improve Birth Outcomes and Reduce Unintended Pregnancy Now Accepting Applications

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Latest Science Finds LARC Most Effective, But Underutilized Contraception[1]

(New York, NY) In the U.S. approximately 50 percent of all pregnancies are unintended.[2] While unintended pregnancy and closely-spaced births have been associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes, current research suggests that highly effective forms of contraception, like IUDs and Implants, leads to a reduction in unintended pregnancies and improved birth outcomes.[3,4,5]

CAI, a leading training and capacity building organization, has teamed up with the Contraceptive CHOICE Project at Washington University in St. Louis (CHOICE) to create the "Contraceptive Action Plan" (CAP), with funding support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Providing healthcare teams with practical, user-friendly tools and web-based training, the CAP offers healthcare organizations an opportunity to help increase client access to the most effective forms of contraception, including IUDs and implants, within their community.

From November 12, 2014 to December 10, 2014, CAI and CHOICE are seeking applications from highly motivated Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to participate in the nine month CAP Pilot Program.

The Program, which begins in early 2015, translates the research findings from a four year study of over 9,000 young women who were provided no-cost contraception in an effort to reduce rates of unintended pregnancies. After receiving standardized, contraceptive counseling about all reversible contraceptive options, including their effectiveness, advantages, and disadvantages, 73 percent of women chose a LARC method (IUD or subdermal implant).[6]

Open to healthcare teams nationwide, participating organizations will have access to free professional development and training for all staff levels including continuing medical and nursing education (CME/CNE) credits.To learn more about the CAP, program eligibility, and participation stipends, visit


[3] A. Chandra, G.M. Martinez, W.D. Mosher et al., “Fertility, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health of U.S. Women: Data from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth,” Vital and Health Statistics 23, Dec. 2005 (25):1-174
[4] J. Chor, K. Rankin, B. Harwood et al., “Unintended Pregnancy and Postpartum Contraceptive Use in Women With and Without Chronic Medical Disease Who Experienced a Live Birth,” Contraception, July 2011:84(1)57-63
] M. Whiteman, K. Curtis, S. Hillis et al., “contraceptive Use Among Postpartum Women – 12 States and New York City, 2004-2006, “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Aug. 7, 2009 58(30):821-26
[6] O’Neil-Callahan M, Peipert JF, Zhao Q, Madden T, Secura G. Twenty-four-month continuation of reversible contraception.Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2013;0:1-9.

About CAI: CAI is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of underserved populations worldwide. For 35 years, CAI has provided customized capacity building services to health and human service organizations in over 27 countries and in all 50 states. Offering over 1,500 training programs annually, CAI's passionate staff works to fulfill its mission: to use the transformative power of education and research to foster a more aware, healthy, compassionate and equitable world. For more information about CAI, visit our website: