July 2022
RHNTC | eNews from the Reproductive Health National Training Center
New resources for reducing barriers in access to care and emergency contraception

Ensuring accessible, equitable, and high-quality reproductive health services is more important now than ever. Read the statement from HHS Secretary Xavier Beccera about the actions that HHS is taking to protect reproductive health. HHS has also developed a website to provide accurate, up-to-date information about access to reproductive health care, including birth control and safe and legal abortion care; visit to learn more. 

The RHNTC is also here to support personnel working in federally-funded Title X and Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program projects. In the coming months, we will be offering specialized technical assistance and developing trainings and other resources to support your emerging needs.

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*NEW* Reducing Barriers in Access to Care Virtual Tour
[1 hour]

Reducing barriers in access to care is key to advancing equity in sexual and reproductive health and impacting individual and maternal health outcomes. This virtual tour introduces patient stories and walks the participant through key organizational, structural, and clinical barriers to accessing family planning care. The tour guide recommends actions to address each potential barrier and resources to support agencies in implementing these recommendations. Family planning agencies can use the accompanying Access to Care Self-Assessment to identify the extent to which their agency is addressing barriers to accessing care. Explore the virtual tour.

*NEW* Emergency Contraception Facts for Family Planning Staff
[instant download]

Family planning staff can refer to this resource for facts about emergency contraception (EC), including an overview of EC and the different types available (including various pills and IUDs). Download the fact sheet.

*NEW* Emergency Contraception Social Media Toolkit
[instant download]

This social media toolkit provides sample social media content and graphics that family planning agencies can use to communicate important information about the availability of and options for emergency contraception (EC). Messages can be modified to suit your needs and images can be edited to include your agency’s logo and contact information. Download the toolkit. 


*NEW* Planning Your Path to FPAR 2.0 Readiness Job Aid
[instant download]

Family Planning Annual Report (FPAR) 2.0 is the next iteration of FPAR data reporting that will collect encounter-level data for Title X family planning grantees. The current method of aggregate level FPAR 1.0 data reporting will end in 2022. In order to assist with this transition, this job aid lays out the steps that grantees may take to continue to work toward the goal of full FPAR 2.0 reporting. Download the job aid.

*NEW* Using Digital Technology: Ways for Family Planning Providers to Improve Appointment Scheduling and Reminders Job Aid
[instant download]

This job aid can help family planning providers with the process of adopting digital technology for family planning appointments while ensuring compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the main federal law that protects health information. Download the job aid.

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Building Mental Health Support into Family Planning Services Webinar
Wednesday, July 27 at 3–4pm ET

What supports your mental health, enabling you to engage in your work productively? And how does your agency screen for, identify, and respond to clients’ mental health challenges during family planning visits? Join us for a webinar with experts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who will highlight the value of mental health self-care among family planning service staff. Presenters will also describe the importance of supporting clients’ mental health as part of supporting preconception and overall health. Participants will learn about screening processes for anxiety and depression, assisting clients who exhibit symptoms of mental health issues, and other strategies and resources to strengthen their ability to engage, support, and appropriately refer clients who might be experiencing anxiety or depression. This webinar is intended for all family planning staff who interact with clients. It is the fourth in a series focused on preconception health. Register for the webinar. 

Moving Beyond Screening for IPV: Understanding the CUES Intervention Webinar
Thursday, August 18 at 3–4pm ET

Looking for ways to strengthen your agency’s intimate partner violence (IPV) prevention and intervention approach? Join us for a webinar providing an overview of CUES (Confidentiality, Universal Education and Empowerment, and Support), an effective, evidence-based IPV intervention. CUES fosters prevention and intervention and is easy to practice; includes universal education for all clients about healthy relationships; and does not rely on disclosure for clients to receive resources and support (including referrals if requested). Participants will also learn safe planning strategies for people experiencing IPV, along with how to collaborate with local IPV programs.

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.

The What and Why of Systems Mapping for TPP Programs Webinar
Tuesday, August 23 at 3–4pm ET

Looking for a practical way to apply systems thinking to your TPP program? Systems mapping is a helpful tool you can use to visualize your program’s system in order to better understand its strengths and opportunities for improvement. In this webinar, TPP program staff will learn more about what a systems map is and how to use this tool to support program planning and implementation. They will also hear from a TPP program peer about how systems mapping (and receiving technical assistance on this topic) helped shape their program. Finally, participants will practice creating a systems map in small groups. Register for the webinar.

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New Hypertension Toolkit for Title X Prescribers

This toolkit provides clinical services providers with evidence-based information and materials to identify and manage uncomplicated hypertension among family planning clients. This resource is a supplement to the RHNTC’s Hypertension Prevention and Control Improvement Toolkit, which provides background information and materials to help your family planning program develop a systematic, comprehensive method to improve care. Explore the online toolkit or download the PDF.

Register for the 2022 National Reproductive Health Conference 
August 9–12, 2022 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis

Join sexual and reproductive health experts from across the nation to address quality, equity, and access at the 2022 National Reproductive Health Conference. The conference will take place August 9–12 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, CA, and virtually via livestream and on-demand. Register now to secure your space!

Title X Network Needs Assessment – Chance to Win $100

Help NCTCFP provide training and technical assistance relevant to your needs! Take the 22-question survey to assess the clinical training needs of your Title X network and enter for a chance to win $100! This survey is open to clinical providers and/or staff with knowledge of clinical services at their Title X place of work. Take the survey by Friday, July 22.

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