October 2021

Diving Into Systems Thinking

The RHNTC is excited to share a new Putting Systems Thinking into Practice Toolkit to help Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program grantees implement systems thinking approaches in their programs; be sure to register for the upcoming webinar on October 28th that will provide an overview of the toolkit. In this month’s grantee spotlight, read how a TPP Program grantee in North Carolina is testing out innovative approaches to improve adolescent health in the community.

Next, we've updated the third module in the Coding in the Reproductive Health Care Environment eLearning series. Below, you'll also find a new job aid offering tips for adapting your family planning program’s services for adolescent clients during uncertain times. Lastly, don’t forget to register for our webinar on Advancing Preconception Health Services on November 3rd.

RHNTC Updates NCTCFP Updates
*NEW* Putting Systems Thinking Into Practice Toolkit
[instant download]

Systems thinking offers organizations a way to approach complex and persistent problems more effectively. This new toolkit is designed to support TPP grantees in meeting the OPA expectation that their programs be grounded in a systems thinking approach. The toolkit builds upon a systems thinking webinar that OPA delivered to grantees in February 2020. The toolkit offers action steps and supportive resources to help TPP project directors and program managers adopt a systems thinking approach to address complex and persistent problems and support their staff in bringing about change more effectively. Explore the toolkit.

*NEW* Providing Family Planning Services to Adolescents During Uncertain Times Job Aid
[instant download]

Public health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic present daunting challenges both to organizations providing reproductive health services and to youth trying to access these services. This new job aid summarizes tips and strategies for adapting your family planning program’s services to meet young people’s emerging needs. These strategies were presented during a RHNTC webinar entitled Providing Family Planning Services to Adolescents During Uncertain Times on June 22, 2021. Download the job aid.

*Updated* Coding in the Reproductive Health Care Environment eLearning Course
[1.5 hours]

The RHNTC recently updated the third module in the Coding in the Reproductive Health Care Environment eLearning series. Module 3: Advanced Case Studies in Coding provides a range of complex, reproductive health-focused case studies for experienced coding staff who would like to test their coding skills by reviewing scenarios focused on evaluation and management (E/M), CPT, and telemedicine visit coding. This updated 3-part course reflects new guidance for E/M codes that went into effect on January 1, 2021. Register for the eLearning course.

Putting Systems Thinking into Practice for TPP Programs Webinar
[1.5 hours]

Are you looking for ways to apply systems thinking in your Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program? Join us on Thursday, October 28 from 3–4:30pm ET for an interactive webinar that will provide an orientation to the new Putting Systems Thinking Into Practice Toolkit. Speakers from Community Action Corporation of South Texas and the Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative will share case study examples for applying the strategies outlined in the toolkit. This webinar is intended for TPP Program grantees and participants will be approved after registering through Zoom. Register for the webinar.

Advancing Preconception Health Services Webinar
[1.5 hours]

Join us on Wednesday, November 3 from 3–3:45pm ET for a webinar exploring strategies for strengthening preconception health services, a core component of providing high-quality family planning care. Improving preconception health services can reduce maternal morbidity and mortality, low birth weight, preterm birth, and infant mortality and benefit all individuals of reproductive age. Speakers will also introduce resources and strategies outlined in the RHNTC’s Preconception Health Toolkit. Register for the webinar.


TPP Program Grantee Tests Out Innovative Approaches

The Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA)—the local health authority of Cabarrus County, North Carolina—is a Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program grantee implementing the Elevate program among high school students in Kannapolis, a suburb of the Charlotte metropolitan area. The goal of Elevate is to reduce teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infection rates, and health disparities.

As a 2015 Tier 2 TPP Program grantee (charged with developing and testing innovative interventions that contribute to adolescent health), CHA spearheaded a demonstration project with middle and high schools. Now, as a 2021 Tier 1 grantee (charged with replicating evidence-based programs), CHA is continuing to showcase that innovative spirit and proving that replication grantees can also implement novel approaches to achieve their goals. 

For example, CHA is recruiting and training college student mentors to serve as role models and educators. Barbara Sheppard, Executive Director of CHA, says, “I believe college mentors provide the hope and courage for our middle and high school students to imagine life beyond where they are today. It makes the dream of going to college and developing skills that are both marketable and impactful a realistic aspiration for all the students involved.” Mentors discuss healthy norms, decision making, and positive developmental assets in a way that resonates with participants, and they also help CHA with TPP program fidelity monitoring, which gives them tangible professional skills. Ultimately, CHA’s mentorship approach is building both a bridge to youth participants and a pipeline for the next generation of health professionals. 

With support from its RHNTC grantee liaison, CHA also plans to start a learning collaborative, an innovative way to facilitate communication and collaboration among community stakeholders. In the learning collaborative, stakeholders will forge and strengthen cross-sector and cross-community partnerships, and build consensus around medically-accurate, trauma-informed, and age-appropriate adolescent health action plans. CHA will share learning collaborative activities and findings widely so that other grantees can apply these learnings to achieve the greatest collective impact on adolescent health. 

Are you a TPP Program grantee that, like CHA, has ideas for how to make your TPP program more robust or effective? If so, discuss these ideas with your grantee liaison! They are eager to help you navigate implementing innovations while adhering to TPP Program requirements.

New Episode of the COVID-19 and Family Planning Podcast Series
[30 minutes]

In the “COVID-19: Looking Forward, Looking Back,” episode of the COVID-19 and Family Planning podcast series, the NCTCFP sits down again with two of their first interviewees. Raissa Ameh of Missouri Family Health Council and Evelyn Kieltyka of Maine Family Planning share how COVID-19 has continued to shape their clinic networks and what they’ve learned over the past year and a half in delivering Title X and other family planning services. Download or stream episodes directly to your device. Listen to the podcast.

Archived Webinar: Screening Patients for Human Trafficking in the Health Care Setting
[1 hour] 

This webinar from the NCTCFP focuses on defining human trafficking in U.S. law, identifying possible red flags for potential victims of both sex and labor trafficking, and explaining ways clinicians can screen clients for trafficking. Participants can earn 1.0 CE credits for watching. Watch the webinar.

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