January 2023
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New hypertension case study video & resources for human trafficking prevention 

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*NEW* Tackling Hypertension through Reproductive Health Care in Kachemak Bay: A Case Study Video
[5 minutes]

This 5-minute video describes how the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic in Homer, Alaska, used an improvement process and tools in the RHNTC's Hypertension Prevention and Control Toolkit to expand their hypertension prevention and control services. Watch the video. 
Robin Holmes, MD, Medical Director, Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic
*NEW* Putting the QFP into Practice eLearning Series—en Español 
[1 hour each]

Three additional eLearning modules in the Putting the QFP into Practice series are now available in Spanish. Enroll in each course to earn continuing education credits:

Explore all Spanish language eLearning courses on our website. 

Human Trafficking Prevention Resources

January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, raising awareness that human trafficking is a federal crime that affects communities throughout the United States and exploits individuals of all backgrounds, races, ages, and genders. Title X grantees must ensure that every staff member who serves or interacts with clients is able to identify and report human trafficking, and take action and make appropriate referrals to improve a client’s safety and situation. Below, find resources for family planning providers and school-based professionals:  

  • The Responding to Human Trafficking in the Title X Context Toolkit will guide your agency to develop a client-centered response to human trafficking cases and provides information, tools, and training for staff.
  • The SOAR to Health and Wellness Human Trafficking Training uses the SOAR framework (a trauma-informed, culturally- and linguistically-appropriate response to human trafficking) to build participants' skills to identify and respond to the needs of individuals who have experienced trafficking as well as understand the root causes that make individuals, families, and communities vulnerable to trafficking. The SOAR Training for School-Based Professionals is meant to equip those serving middle- and high-school-age students to better understand the issues surrounding human trafficking and its impact on youth.
  • The Identifying and Responding to Human Trafficking in Title X Settings eLearning Course builds on the SOAR Training and can help Title X family planning staff identify signs of human trafficking and respond appropriately to potential cases. This course provides practical strategies, as well as survivor stories, activities, case studies with reflection prompts, and a video.
  • In this Grantee Spotlight, learn how the Ohio Department of Health, a Title X grantee, developed and implemented several efforts to strengthen its network’s response to human trafficking by helping family planning clinics identify and support victims and survivors.
Preparing your Family Planning Agency for FPAR 2.0 

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 service grantees starting in 2023. As your agency transitions to FPAR 2.0, these resources can help you prepare:

From Approval to Action: Mobilizing Continued Parental Support for Sex Education Virtual Workshop 
Tuesday, January 24 at 3–4:30pm ET

Statewide policies requiring comprehensive sex education (CSE) have been associated with better sexual health outcomes among youth, yet advocates for CSE often cite a perceived lack of support from parents or perceived controversy as a barrier to implementing CSE in schools. However, parent support for CSE in schools remains high and has increased in recent years. This session will highlight findings from recent research conducted with a sample of parents regarding their support for CSE in school. Findings suggest strong parental support for CSE covering a range of content to meet students’ needs. They also show support for advocacy and action to advance state legislation requiring CSE as well as for the use of national sexuality education standards by grade.

During this workshop, participants will work in small groups to create messaging that advocates for CSE in their local communities and practice incorporating this messaging into presentations and/or conversations with parents and other stakeholders. Participants will identify concrete strategies to engage parents in supporting sex education and leave feeling connected to colleagues facing similar barriers. Register for the workshop.

An Overview of the 2021 Title X Family Planning Program Regulations 
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 3–4pm ET

On October 4, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Population Affairs (OPA) amended the Title X Family Planning regulations to provide access to equitable, affordable, client-centered, quality family planning services for more people. The 2021 regulations replaced the 2019 regulations and readopted the 2000 regulations with a number of important updates. Join the RHNTC for a webinar reviewing key changes between the 2019 and 2021 regulations, including reinstatement of the requirement to provide nondirective pregnancy options counseling. We will also review new provisions in the 2021 regulations that expand access, quality, and equity.

This webinar is intended for staff working in Title X-funded settings, whether you are new to the Title X program or would like a refresher on the recent updates to the regulations. Register for the webinar.

Strengthening Infertility Services in Title X Programs Webinar
Thursday, February 23 at 3–4pm ET

Basic infertility services are a core component of providing quality family planning services within the Title X Program. They are part of the broader scope of services centered on supporting clients in achieving a healthy pregnancy, and supporting individuals and couples to achieve their reproductive goals. This webinar will provide an overview of the scope of basic infertility services within Title X projects along with strategies that strengthen the provision of infertility services to support clients in their reproductive goals. Participants will also learn about the role of Title X projects in providing quality, accessible, and equitable basic infertility services as an important component of the broader system of care for fertility assistance and infertility services. Speakers will share resources from the RHNTC and the NCTCFP that can help family planning agencies and staff strengthen their provision of infertility services. Register for the webinar.

Emergency Contraception Resources for Clinicians 

The NCTCFP developed a suite of clinical Emergency Contraception (EC) resources, including an instructional video on understanding the mechanism of action for EC pills; a recent podcast on Accessing EC; a recorded learning session discussing the provision of EC; and a clinical protocol template for EC.

Clinical Protocol Templates for Implants and IUDs

The NCTCFP just released new clinical protocol templates for implant placement and removal services and routine IUD placement. Family planning agencies can use these protocol templates to tailor content to their own organizations.

Drop-In Active Learning Session: In-Home STI Testing 
Wednesday, February 1 at 2pm CT

Join Ina Park, MD, MS, and Jessica Zamora, MPH, for a Drop In Active Learning Session focused on self-collected, in-home STI testing. This session will focus on the potential benefits of home testing. Dr. Park will discuss the evidence around the technology used for in-home STI test kits, and Ms. Zamora will provide results and next steps for a pilot in-home STI testing program launched by the National Coalition of STD Directors early in 2022. Register for the training.

Upcoming Clinician Café: An Introduction to Providing Care for American Indian and Alaska Native Clients 
February 21–27, 2023

Join NCTCFP from February 21–27 for a Clinician Café exploring established health care delivery systems for American Indians and Alaska Natives, disparities in sexual and reproductive health care, and ideas for designing a path forward. This café will include podcasts, journal articles, resources, and live discussions. Participants can earn up to 2.0 CNE and CPH for some activities. Register for the Clinician Cafe.

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