March 2023
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Updated Title X policy templates, plus new videos on addressing weight stigma and supporting LGBTQ+ communities

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Updated Title X Policy Templates 
[instant download]

This package of policy templates has been updated to align with the 2021Title X final rule and provides a foundational structure toward being in compliance with the requirements of the Title X Program. These policies are only examples of the ways in which grantees can demonstrate compliance; grantees are meant to tailor these templates to their needs. Download the templates.

*NEW* Addressing Weight Stigma and Bias in Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Video 
[5 minutes]

This video explores weight stigma and bias, how they show up in sexual and reproductive health care, and what we can do to address unfair or unequal treatment of clients because of their body size or weight. This video is intended for staff (e.g., clinical services providers, nurses, health educators) who interface with clients in a clinical setting. Watch the video.

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*NEW* Building Partnerships that Foster Strength and Resilience of LGBTQ+ Individuals and Communities Video
[5 minutes]

The fourth video in our Need for Accepting and Affirming Care in Title X Settings Video Series describes the importance of partnerships and engaging the community itself in providing care to LGBTQ+ clients in Title X settings. The video also describes strategies and effective network-building that resulted in quality care for LGBTQ+ individuals. Watch the video.

Recognizing National LGBTQ Health Awareness Week 

March 20–24 marks National LGBTQ Health Awareness Week, raising awareness about mental health, trans health, and ending stigma through accessible, affirming, and inclusive health care services so that everyone can fully live their truth and a healthy life. The resources below can help sexual and reproductive health providers and adolescent-serving professionals support LGBTQ+ clients and program participants:

Reducing Maternal Mortality from Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Use Webinar
Wednesday, April 26, at 3–4pm ET

Homicide, suicide, and drug overdoses—all of which are strongly tied to intimate partner violence (IPV)—account for a large number of deaths during pregnancy. Therefore, addressing family planning clients’ relationships, mental health, and substance use is an essential part of providing quality reproductive health care. This webinar will review how IPV, substance use, and maternal mortality intersect, and provide recommendations for how family planning agencies can help prevent IPV- and substance use-related maternal deaths.

This session will be facilitated by Rebecca Levenson, MA, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director and Senior Health Policy Consultant for FUTURES Without Violence. Register for the webinar.

Addressing Weight Stigma and Bias in Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Webinar
Tuesday, May 16, at 3–4pm ET

Weight stigma and bias can limit access to quality sexual and reproductive health care by leading clinicians to provide lower-quality care and clients to delay or avoid health care. This webinar will explore the concepts of weight stigma and bias, discuss the impact of weight stigma and bias on health behaviors and health care utilization, and provide basic strategies to reduce weight stigma and bias in the reproductive health care setting. Register for the webinar.

Drop-In Active Learning Session: Embryo Adoption Awareness and Services 
Thursday, April 6 at 12pm CT/1pm ET

Join the NCTCFP on Thursday, April 6 at 12pm CT/1pm ET for a Drop-In Active Learning Session discussing the Embryo Adoption Awareness and Services Program, funded by the Office of Population Affairs, with speakers Deb Roberts, Jen Vesbit, and Alena Patsenka. This session will discuss the history, goals, and activities of the program, as well as client education and referral options. Register for the training.

Reimagining Sexual & Reproductive Health Services for Males in 2023 - Clinician Café 
April 3–10

Join the NCTCFP the week of April 3–10 for a new Clinician Café exploring existing and emerging sexual and reproductive health care services for males in the Title X setting. This café will include live discussions, case studies, podcasts, and resources, and offers up to 3.0 CNE and CPH continuing education credits. Register for the café.

New Podcast Episode: Sterilization and Reproductive Justice 

In the latest episode of the Reproductive Justice podcast series, NCTCFP speaks with Dr. Sonya Borrero from the Department of Health and Human Services about the current demand for both vasectomy and tubal ligation services, challenges around historical injustices and sterilization, and guidance on counseling patients on sterilization in clinics today. Listen to the podcast.

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