August 2021
New job aids for TPP strategic messaging and screening for prediabetes

We recently developed a new job aid to support Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) programs in developing strategic messaging, as well as two job aids with guidance on how to screen for and counsel family planning clients about insulin resistance and prediabetes. We’ve also highlighted Spanish language resources and resources for National Immunization Awareness Month below. In this month’s grantee spotlight, read how the Title X grantee in Texas pivoted to virtual site reviews with subrecipients during the pandemic. 

Don’t forget to register for our upcoming webinar on human-centered design for TPP programs.

RHNTC Updates NCTCFP Updates
*NEW* Developing Strategic Messaging to Attract TPP Program Partners Job Aid
[instant download]

This job aid will help TPP programs develop strategic messaging to attract potential partners and highlight the benefits of their program. The job aid addresses how to: identify the remarkable aspects of your TPP program to highlight with potential partners; understand potential partners’ needs and motivations; and develop strategic messages that will resonate with decision makers. Download the job aid.

*NEW* Insulin Resistance and Prediabetes Job Aids
[instant download]

When helping clients reach their goal of achieving or preventing pregnancy, family planning providers also have an opportunity to help clients delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes through brief counseling about insulin resistance and prediabetes. Two new job aids provide screening guidelines and talking points for counseling clients, and a summary of lifestyle recommendations to incorporate into health promotion counseling.

Spanish Language Resources on

Did you know that the RHNTC offers some resources in Spanish? You can now search for these on using the Advanced Search filter for Language, or by searching Spanish keywords. Some of our popular resources include:

Resources for National Immunization Awareness Month
[instant download]

July is National Immunization Awareness Month, which aims to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Among family planning clients, encouraging the HPV vaccine is especially important and can prevent more than 90% of the cancers caused by HPV. These resources can help your family planning clinic encourage vaccine uptake:

Using Human-Centered Design to Refine Your TPP Program’s Recruitment and Retention Plan Webinar
[1 hr]

Join us on Thursday, August 26 from 3–4pm for a webinar exploring how human-centered design (HCD) approaches can be used to improve recruitment and retention of participants and families in Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) programs. Through a HCD approach, grantees can identify gaps in their recruitment and retention efforts and identify user-centered solutions. This webinar will build on the foundational webinar on HCD approaches, Inspiration, Ideation, and Implementation: The Power of Human-Centered Design in Teen Pregnancy Prevention (February 2020), and present a case example for how HCD is applied in practice to recruit and retain TPP program participants. Participants will be introduced to three tools (an equity framework, empathy mapping, and a persona worksheet) to support the application of HCD in practice. Register for the webinar.


Virtual Site Reviews: Supporting Subrecipients through a Global Health Crisis 

Every Body Texas, the statewide Title X grantee for Texas, supports a network of 36 health care agencies that operated 174 sites during fiscal year 2020 and served more than 180,000 clients. COVID-19 posed many challenges to Every Body Texas, including forcing the agency to figure out how to adapt its in-person subrecipient site review process so it could continue providing high-quality oversight of its subrecipient network. 

Together, the Every Body Texas Title X team built a virtual site review process that combined all key elements of the agency’s in-person reviews. The team developed a template for each virtual visit, designating timelines and touchpoints for connecting with subrecipients. They also created a user-friendly online portal where a variety of subrecipient clinic staff—including those who were uninvolved in the traditional in-person review process—could upload documents and medical charts for review. 

It was particularly challenging to make the financial and clinical observation portions of the review virtual. Ultimately, Every Body Texas developed a model for mock observations that allowed them to follow a hypothetical client through the subrecipient’s processes of eligibility, intake, and a clinical encounter. With this model, the team could monitor compliance with Title X regulations and provide coaching to ensure clinicians and clinic staff were centering the needs of the client. 

Many subrecipients appreciated the switch to virtual site reviews. Martha Zuniga, Executive Director of South Texas Family Planning, said, “The virtual site review allowed us to return calls [to Every Body Texas] to clarify or explain things at a convenient time for us and it was overall less disruptive of our regular work schedules.”

Over the last year, Every Body Texas conducted virtual site reviews with a third of its Title X subrecipient network. Even though the agency looks forward to safely returning to an in-person review process, it intends to continue implementing some strategies from its virtual site reviews. Title X grantees can refer to the RHNTC’s Planning and Conducting Title X Site Visits Toolkit for guidance, steps, and resources about conducting site visits.

The 2021 National Reproductive Health Conference is now available on demand!

If you missed any part of the NRHC last week, recorded sessions are now available for all registrants to watch. If you didn’t get a chance to register for the live event, you may now register for the on-demand portion only to take advantage of this continuing education opportunity. Access the on-demand sessions or register.

Archived Webinar: Utilizing the CDC’s Quality STD Clinical Services Recommendations in Family Planning Settings
[50 minutes] 

This webinar features speakers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Association of County Health Officials (NACCHO) and provides an overview of the CDC’s Quality STD Clinical Services and a demonstration of the STD QCS planning toolkit. Using the toolkit and following the STD QCS goes hand in hand with the newly released STI Treatment Guidelines from the CDC. Participants can earn 1.0 CE credits for watching. Watch the webinar.

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