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FY 2005 - Family Planning Research Grants

OPA Announces Family Planning Research Grants

The 2005 Family Planning Service Delivery Improvement (SDI) Research Grants were awarded to the following:

How Well Do Family Planning Providers Link their Low Income Clients to Primary and/or Specialty Care

Grantee Organization:
University of Alabama-Birmingham
1530 3rd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294
Principal Investigator:
Janet M. Bronstein, Ph.D.
Project Period: 09/30/2005 - 09/29/2007

Project Description: The specific aims of this project are (1) to examine the range of referral facilitation activities provided in family planning settings serving low-income women; (2) to explore the factors associated with family planning clients' decisions to seek and ability to receive care for other medical conditions, including the role played by referral facilitation and discussions of the problem at the family planning visits, and (3) to compare the level of concern about the ability to refer family planning clients for needed primary and specialty care between clinicians who do and do not provide family planning care to clients with Medicaid coverage for these services. Family planning providers who participate in and clients who are enrolled in Medicaid family planning demonstration programs in Alabama and Arkansas are the populations under study. Data for this project will be collected through three surveys:

  1. a survey of family planning clinicians to assess referral practices;
  2. a survey of these clinicians' family planning clients, to examine their care-seeking behavior for general health problems and the role played by their family planning providers; and
  3. a survey of office physicians who are authorized as Medicaid family planning providers but are seeing few or no Medicaid clients.

Men's Reproductive and Sexual Health Practices, Attitudes and Service Utilization

Grantee Organization:
Columbia University Medical Center
60 Haven Avenue, Suite B-2
New York, NY 10032
Principal Investigator:
Debra S.Kalmuss, Ph.D.
Project Period: 09/30/2005 - 09/29/2008

Project Description: The objective of the proposed study is to examine men's reproductive and sexual health (RSH) practices, attitudes, and service utilization in order to inform the development of programs for adolescent and older men. The research plan is to employ both quantitative and qualitative methods to examine men's RSH status, attitudes and practices and how they vary across race/ethnic, socioeconomic, age, and marital/relationship status in order to increase the utilization of RSH services for men. The quantitative approach would use national data from Cycle 6 of the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) supplemented by two datasets targeting high-risk groups of males aged 18-30 from northern Manhattan and the Bronx. The qualitative component - use of focus groups - is intended to obtain a more in-depth understanding of men's perceptions regarding utilization, such as barriers to men's use of RSH and possible strategies to increase men's utilization of such services. The final step in the proposed study will involve the translation of research findings into suggestions for program development and/or enhancement.

Improving Services for Latina Women and their Partners: a CAPACITIES Approach

Grantee Organization:
Georgetown University, Department of OB/GYN
3900 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington DC 20007
Principal Investigator:
Rebecka Lundgren, MPH
Project Period: 09/30/2005 - 09/29/2008

Project Description: This intervention research, which will be conducted collaboratively by the Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University, and Planned Parenthood of San Diego and Riverside Counties, will determine whether including the Standard Days Method (SDM) as an option for clients results in an increased focus on the couple in counseling for all methods of contraception; whether incorporating a couple perspective into services results in improved satisfaction with and use of services; whether it increases couple communication and participation in family planning use and decision-making; and whether it results in improved used of and satisfaction with family planning methods. SDM is a simple, effective fertility awareness-based method that is being offered in programs around the world, including a growing number in the US. The importance of addressing couples may be particularly relevant for Latinos, given cultural considerations.

Couples and Contraceptive Practice

Grantee Organization:
Family Planning Council

260 S. Broad Street, Suite 1000
Philadelphia, PA 19102-5076
Principal Investigator:
Paul Whittaker, PhD
Project Period: 09/30/2005 - 09/29/2008

Project Description: The Family Planning Council proposes to conduct a mixed methods investigation to study the feasibility and effectiveness of couples-focused contraceptive services, which will use an integrated complement of ethnographic and quantitative methods to attain three aims. The first is to compare the attitudes, subjective norms, and behavioral beliefs of young adult men and women regarding the involvement of intimate partners in contraception decisions and the influence of these partners on contraceptive use. The second is to identify the attitudes, subjective norms, and behavioral beliefs of Title X providers regarding the current and potential provision of couples-focused contraception services. The third is to develop and field-test the potential utility of a culturally relevant couples-focused intervention that promotes informed contraception decisions and effective contraception use.