Increasing Access to Contraception in the United States: Assessing Achievement and Sustainability
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Increasing Access to Contraception in the United States: Assessing Achievement and Sustainability

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    J Womens Health (Larchmt)
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    During October 2016 through May 2018, a learning community was convened to focus on policies and programs to increase access to the full range of contraceptive options for women of reproductive age. The Increasing Access to Contraception (IAC) Learning Community included 27 jurisdictions, with teams from each jurisdiction consisting of state health department leaders, program staff, and provider champions. At the kick-off meeting, teams from each jurisdiction created action plans that outlined their goals.


    We contacted jurisdictions during May–June 2019, 1 year after the learning community ended, and invited them to complete a post-assessment of goal achievement and sustainment through semi-structured interviews over the telephone or via email.


    Follow-up information was collected from 26 jurisdictions (96%) that participated in the learning community. The teams from these jurisdictions had created 79 total goals. At the time of the learning community closing meeting in May 2018, 35 goals (44%) had been achieved. Three jurisdictions achieved all their goals by the close of the learning community. At the time of the post-assessment 1 year later, jurisdictions were sustaining efforts for 69 (87%) of the total goals. In every jurisdiction, work on at least one goal that originated in the learning community was sustained.


    The jurisdictions that participated in the IAC Learning Community continued the work of their action plan goals 1 year after the formal closure of the learning community, indicating sustainability of the learning community activities, beyond what jurisdictions accomplished during formal participation.

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