NYS COE Quarterly

The Quarterly E-Newsletter from the New York State Center of Excellence for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services


Dear Family Planning Provider:

I am sure you would agree that the establishment of the Statewide Center of Excellence for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services (NYS COE) has been a very welcome addition to New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) Comprehensive Family Planning Program. Since its inception, the COE has provided webinars, regional training workshops, technical assistance, provider meetings, and a myriad of resources all designed to assist you in continuing to provide high quality family planning and reproductive health care services.

I am excited by the NYS COE's newest offering, a quarterly e-Newsletter, the NYS COE Quarterly. This quarterly newsletter will provide the family planning provider community with updates on the NYS COE's various planned activities, including trainings and Webinars, and resource and tool development. It also will serve as a platform to disseminate information on cutting edge and best practices being implemented within NYS DOH's sub-recipient network, external trainings and events, and new literature and research.

Both NYS DOH and the NYS COE look forward to staying connected with you through this new channel, as well as to using it to communicate our many collective successes.

Tom Tallon
Associate Director
Bureau of Women, Infant, & Adolescent Health
New York State Department of Health

updates from nys coe

An "A+" for Plan "C" in Greene County: An Interview with Laura Churchill
The NYS COE will host its first Webinar of 2015, The Copper IUD and Emergency Contraception: Best Practices and Strategies for Implementing "Plan C", on Wednesday, March 11, from 10:00am to 11:15am. The Webinar will cover the multiple benefits of using the copper intrauterine device (IUD) as emergency contraception (EC), as well as operational and fiscal considerations for family planning programs implementing this cutting-edge evidence-based practice. Read More.

CAI's New Online LARC Modeling Tool:
Understanding the Net Cost of Providing Long Acting Reversible Contraception Services (LARC)
Long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods, which include the intrauterine device (IUD) and contraceptive implant, are the most effective forms of reversible birth control available and are safe for nearly all women, as well as adolescents, to use. At a time where cutting edge and evidence-based clinical practices have removed many of the traditional clinical barriers to access, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Family Planning Benefit Program (FPBP), and the Family Planning Extension Program (FPEP) have reduced many financial barriers to accesses to LARC. Read More.

provider spotlight

The Family Planning Program at Morris Heights Health Center (MHHC), located in the South Bronx, has been a model for positive change as its team has worked to increase access to evidence-based contraceptive care at its 4 Title X-funded sites. Family planning is totally integrated into the broader health services provided within this federally qualified health center (FQHC)--there are no specific days or hours delineated as "family planning." Read More.

grantee spotlight

The NYS COE is pleased to welcome Theresa Nichols back to NYSDOH's Comprehensive Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care Services Program. We sat down with Theresa to ask her a few questions about herself and her new role. Read More.

upcoming trainings and events

Manual Workgroup
With the release of the Quality Family Planning Services: Recommendations of CDC and the U.S. Office of Population Affairs, or QFP, and the revised Program Requirements for Title X Projects, the NYS COE is reconvening the three workgroups it previously established to inform the development of a Family Planning Provider Manuals for NYS DOH-funded sub-recipient agencies. These workgroups initially were convened in late 2011 to develop manuals that were specific to Title X project management and administration requirements in New York State, and reflected evidence-based and best practices in family planning and reproductive health service provision. Read More.

Calendar Please click here to access the trainings' calendar.

translating research to practice

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.