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Member Research & Reports

GW Study Finds Unmet Need for Expanded Family Planning Services at Community Health Centers

A recent report issued by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative and the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health, both based at Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, found that patients at community health centers (CHCs) have a need for more comprehensive family planning services. The researchers conducted a unique survey of nearly 2,000 women of childbearing age who receive health care at the nation’s CHCs. Ninety percent reported they were not actively seeking to become pregnant in the next 12 months, yet more than three out of 10 were not using contraceptives at the time of the survey.

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[Photo: Dr. Susan Wood (left) and Dr. Sara Rosenbaum who were two of the authors on the report]

For the study, the researchers gathered information directly from 1,868 women ages 18 to 44 who were patients at 19 CHCs located across the country. In addition, the researchers also conducted a series of focus groups that explored questions in depth with 82 women in six different CDC sites around the country.

The authors of the report, “Patient Experiences with Family Planning in Community Health Centers,” provide a series of recommendations to strengthen family planning services provided by CHCs including recruiting family planning counselors and investing in a broad array of on-site contraceptive care.