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On Demand October 25, 2006

Contraceptive Technology Update

Broadcast Date: October 25, 2006 | (2 hours)


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Program Overview

In 1970, Title X of the Public Health Service Act was enacted by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by President Nixon. Title X was designed to make contraceptive supplies and services available to all who wanted and needed them but who were unable to afford them without government assistance. The intent of this legislation was to make readily available a broad range of effective and acceptable family planning methods on a voluntary and confidential basis.

Over the years, the contraceptive counseling and services available in Title X-funded clinics has helped couples space births and plan intended pregnancies, an important factor in ensuring positive birth outcomes and healthy infants. Research has shown that every public health dollar spent for contraceptive services saves an average of $3 in Medicaid costs for pregnancy-related health care and for medical care of newborns.

In order to offer effective and acceptable contraceptive methods and to provide accurate counseling, it is crucial for the Family Planning provider to be up-to-date on the latest methods available. It is also important to know how to manage common contraceptive problems in order to assist the client in consistent usage of their chosen method.


Leigh Beasley, MD, FAAFP
Emory University Regional Training Center
Atlanta, Georgia

Target Audience

Clinicians, nurses, social workers and others who manage, counsel and educate clients.

Contact Hours

None for this program.

Contact for Technical Assistance

Call 334-206-5618 or email ALPHTN.

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