April 2022
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Resources for STD Awareness Week, breastfeeding and contraception, and improving the patient experience

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Resources for STD Awareness Week 

In observance of STD Awareness Week, we compiled resources from the RHNTC and the National Clinical Training Center for Family Planning (NCTCFP) to support family planning and adolescent health providers in increasing screening for common STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhea, prescribing PrEP for HIV prevention, and increasing vaccination for HPV. See our STD/STI resources. Selected resources include:

*NEW* Breastfeeding and Contraception: Counseling Considerations Job Aid
[instant download]

Family planning providers can use this job aid to inform client counseling on the considerations of hormonal and non-hormonal contraceptive method use during breastfeeding. This job aid also includes information on how to effectively use the lactational amenorrhea method (LAM) for temporary contraception during breastfeeding. Download the job aid.

*NEW* How to Provide a Positive Family Planning Experience Video
[2 minutes]

How to Provide a Positive Family Planning Experience: Introducing the Patient Experience Toolkit. RHNTC, Reproductive Health National Training CenterHow patients experience their reproductive health care is important. This 2-minute video—part of the Patient Experience Improvement Toolkit—introduces steps providers can take to ensure family planning patients have a positive experience. Watch the video.

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The Power of First-Person Storytelling for TPP Programs Workshop
Tuesday, April 26 at 3–4:30pm ET

Each Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program is required to have a communication and dissemination plan that guides their efforts to educate stakeholders and gain buy-in for the program. One key way to get buy-in is to share stories from staff about their TPP program work and the impact it has on youth. During this workshop, Allison Myers from StoryCenter will discuss storytelling structures and techniques for writing a powerful, first-person narrative. Participants will practice drafting a short, personal story (200-350 words) in response to a prompt, share their stories in small groups, and receive feedback from their peers. Register for the webinar. 

This workshop is intended for all TPP program staff. Participants will be approved after registering through Zoom.

Measure and Monitor Financial Performance Indicators: Office Hours for Title X Staff
Wednesday, April 27 at 3–4pm ET

Is your Title X agency unsure how to create an efficient and effective revenue cycle management process or in need of a refresher? The key is to measure and monitor financial performance indicators. This 1-hour session—the first of three interactive office hours on financial practices this year—will focus on how financial performance indicators can help you improve the revenue cycle management process and is intended for Title X staff (specifically office managers, executive directors, and/or finance managers). Debbie Sullivan, a health care consultant and former Title X grantee Chief Operating Officer, will provide an overview and RHNTC staff will share related resources and tools. Register for the office hours.

Taking Care of Family Planning Providers Who Support Clients Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence Webinar
Thursday, April 28 at 3–4pm ET

How do the providers at your agency feel when a client says they are experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV)? Responding to a client’s disclosure of IPV is often an emotionally trying situation for health care providers; secondary and vicarious trauma are well documented in the literature. This webinar will offer family planning staff (including project directors, project managers, and providers) tools and techniques to help providers cope emotionally when working with clients experiencing trauma and violence. The presentation will also share self-care strategies that providers can use independently when dealing with these situations.

This session will be facilitated by Rebecca Levenson, MA, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director and domestic violence policy analyst for the national nonprofit FUTURES Without Violence. Register for the webinar.

Strengths-based Strategies for Engaging and Retaining Title X Staff Workshop
Thursday, May 19 at 3–4:30pm ET

Staff retention is a long-standing challenge for many Title X agencies, a reality made worse by the pandemic. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to strengths-based management, an approach shown to increase staff engagement, retention, and productivity. Participants will learn the evidence for strengths-based management, concrete ways to apply this approach to day-to-day operations, and how to build a supportive organizational climate that increases staff retention while reducing burnout. This workshop is intended for Title X staff in management positions, including program managers, administrators, clinic directors, and HR staff. Register for the workshop.

Natural Cycles Fertility App – Drop In Active Learning Session
Thursday, April 21 at 10am CT/11am ET

This Drop In Active Learning Session (DIALS) will focus on understanding and supporting client use of the FDA-cleared Natural Cycles fertility app. This interactive discussion will be facilitated by Jack Pearson, PhD, Medical Affairs Manager at Natural Cycles. This session will show how clients would use the app, provide background and research on the app, and discuss related resources for clinicians and clients. Register for the session.

Upcoming Webinar: STI Treatment Guidelines Update 
Thursday, April 28 at 2pm CT/3pm ET

Join the NCTCFP for an upcoming webinar discussing the latest updates in STI treatment guidelines, including STI epidemiologic trends and prevention and treatment challenges, with Dr. Ina Park from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. 1.0 CNE and CPH are available. Register for the webinar.

Providing Family Planning Services to Patients with Substance Use Disorders: Archived Clinician Café 

This archived Clinician Café explores how substance use can affect how people access sexual and reproductive health care and describes strategies clinicians can use in providing care to these clients. This Café was provided jointly with the Prevention Technology Transfer Center and Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network Coordinating Offices. 1.0 CNE is available for the Morning Read activity. View the archived Clinician Café.

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