October 2022
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New resources to encourage male engagement, strengthen infertility services, and support intervention for IPV

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*NEW* Male Engagement Social Media Toolkit 
[instant download]

Graphic photo of a female doctor speaking with her male patient. Text overlays the graphic: Not for women only!This social media toolkit provides sample graphics and messages that family planning agencies can use to communicate the availability of services to current and potential male and gender non-conforming clients. Content includes affirming and supportive health promotion messages that encourage male and gender non-conforming people to access family planning services, take control of their reproductive well-being, and share responsibility for their and their partners’ sexual health. Images are provided in dimensions for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and messages can be modified. Explore the toolkit.

*NEW* Infertility Services in Family Planning Care Toolkit
[instant download]

Basic infertility services are a core component of family planning services, the Title X Program, and the Quality Family Planning Recommendations (QFP), and 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 and family building goals. This toolkit is intended to help family planning agencies and staff, including Title X providers, understand the scope of basic infertility services, and to strengthen and guide their provision of infertility services and referrals to support clients experiencing infertility. The toolkit is designed to support family planning programs and staff in delivering quality, accessible, and equitable infertility services. Explore the toolkit.

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  • A new toolkit from @rh_ntc is designed to help family planning agencies and staff understand and strengthen infertility services and referrals to support clients experiencing infertility:
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Recognize Postpartum Warning Signs
*NEW* Recognize Postpartum Warning Signs Poster
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This poster reminds family planning staff and clinical services providers to ask the screening question, "Are you pregnant, or have you been pregnant in the past 12 months?” It also flags urgent maternal warning signs to reduce the chances of missing postpartum warning signs, such as for cardiomyopathy, that can lead to maternal mortality. Download the poster.

National Women’s Blood Pressure Awareness Week 

The RHNTC joins the Office on Women’s Health in recognizing National Women’s Blood Pressure Awareness Week (NWBPAW) from October 16–22. The event emphasizes the importance of blood pressure control and empowering women to take simple, everyday actions to improve their heart health. Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a major risk factor for heart disease and one of the leading—and most preventable—contributors to maternal mortality, especially among Black women. Family planning providers can play an important role in mitigating hypertension-related health outcomes, which can have a significant effect on reproductive and maternal health. 

Watch the 2-minute video below to see how hypertension services fit into the clinical pathway for family planning; the impact on health outcomes and equity; and how the RHNTC's Hypertension Prevention and Control Improvement Toolkit can be used to help improve reproductive and maternal health outcomes. 
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*NEW* Demonstration Video Series: Applying the CUES Approach for Intimate Partner Violence Response
[15 minutes]

Through brief provider-client scenarios, this 3-part video series illustrates how to apply different components of the Confidentiality, Universal Education + Empowerment, and Support (CUES) intervention in response to intimate partner violence. These videos are intended for staff (e.g., clinical services providers, nurses, health educators) who interface with clients in a clinical setting. The RHNTC developed this video series in partnership with Futures Without Violence. Watch the videos.

*NEW* Equity in Data eLearning
[30 minutes]

This eLearning course provides an overview of equity in data to staff at Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program grantee organizations. TPP program staff will learn about the importance of equity in data and ways to introduce an equity lens into their data projects. Enroll in the eLearning.

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How Title X Grantees Are Responding to the Changing Policy Landscape: Experiences from the Field Webinar & Office Hours
Webinar: Tuesday, October 25 at 3–4 pm ET
Office Hours: Wednesday, November 9 at 3–4 pm ET

Is your Title X agency wondering how the recent Supreme Court decisions and resulting state-level policy changes may impact family planning services? During this webinar, Kami Geoffray, JD, the former CEO of Every Body Texas, will review the impact of state-level policy changes on family planning services. She will be joined by three Title X grantees who will share their experiences navigating challenging legal landscapes and potential conflicts with Title X expectations to ensure providers and clients have access to accurate and up-to-date information about sexual and reproductive health care.

Panelists will share tips for communicating with subrecipients and their networks about potential impacts to Title X service delivery and strategies to ensure access to emergency contraception. Panelists will also share their experience receiving technical assistance from the RHNTC to support their Title X family planning service delivery amid these challenges. Register for the webinar.

A related office hours event for Title X grantees is scheduled for November 9 at 3–4 pm ET. In addition to answering questions, speakers will also share information on related RHNTC resources to support grantee challenges, including accessing technical assistance.

Mental Health First Aid Certification Training
Tuesday, November 29 & Thursday, December 1 at 12:30–3 pm ET

Become certified in Mental Health First Aid by participating in a two-day training with the RHNTC! Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues. This interactive, hands-on training gives participants the skills, capacity, and knowledge to support someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

Over the course of the two-day training, participants will learn to: recognize signs and symptoms that may be associated with a mental health challenge; listen non-judgmentally and give reassurance; apply appropriate steps of the MHFA Action Plan when a person shows worsening signs of a mental health challenge, or in crisis situations; and refer someone who may need support and services. 

Participants must attend both sessions and complete 2.5 hours of pre-work to receive certification as a Mental Health First Aider. This training is limited to 30 people. Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis and we will maintain a waitlist once capacity is reached. Learn more and register for the training.

New LARC Training and Website 

View NCTCFP’s new Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Training webpage for information about LARC training and resources on LARC placement. The new webpage includes information about Virtual Intrauterine Contraception (IUC) Training and a newly announced onsite training in Missouri on November 7. Training is free for Title X providers! Spaces fill up quickly, so register as soon as possible.

Clinician Guide for Trauma-Informed Care

This guide serves as a job aid for clinical services providers performing physical examinations in sexual and reproductive health settings. In addition to defining trauma and trauma-informed care (TIC), this guide offers a roadmap to providing TIC before, during, and after a physical exam with action steps and sample phrases, and includes self-assessment checklist. Download the guide.

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