Implementing Family Planning in an Underserved Community Clinic



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Project Title: Implementing Family Planning in an Underserved Community Clinic Authors: Katy L. Bochat, D.O., PGY-3

Program: Southern Colorado Family Medicine, Pueblo

Abstract: Pueblo is an underserved community in Southern Colorado with one of the poorest rankings in overall health outcomes in the state. The goal of this project was to raise awareness in family planning among women of childbearing age due to the high rate of teen births. Patients were established with Southern Colorado Family Medicine Clinic in Pueblo, Colorado. Upon rooming each eligible patient, medical assistants asked, “Would you like to become pregnant in the next year?” Handouts on pre-pregnancy and/or contraception were provided, and a follow-up visit to discuss family planning was encouraged. Prescription contraceptives were used as a potential surrogate for unplanned pregnancies. After completion of this six-month study in March 2020, total prescriptions for oral contraceptives and Depo-Provera increased from 219 to 263 and 38 to 69, respectively. Project barriers included religious affiliations of clinic and staff as well as additional time needed for screening.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to… • Identify negative maternal and neonatal outcomes associated with teen births • Explain methods to implement family planning into clinic workflow • Discuss additional project barriers

Category: Maternal and child health

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