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CDC Releases Vital Signs Report about Teen Pregnancy Citing Title X Data

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released a report on teen pregnancy as part of its Vital Signs report.  Data are included from the recently published MMWR by CDC and OPA , "Vital Signs: Trends in Use of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Among Teens Aged 15–19 Years Seeking Contraceptive Services — United States, 2005–2013 that reflect the work of Title X program in providing contraceptive services to teens, with a focus on the use of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). You can view the Vital Signs press release and fact sheets on the Vital Signs Website. You can also read “Teens’ Use of Birth Control,” from Susan Moskosky,  MS, WHNP-BC, Acting Director, Office of Population Affairs.

Posted 4/8/15

OPA Announced new Title X Family Planning Program grant awards to 22 organizations

April 1- OPA announced new Title X Family Planning grant awards to 22 organizations in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Ohio, Texas, Washington, DC, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. You can view a summary of the new grant awards that began April 1, 2015 on the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health's news page.

Posted 4/3/15

FY15 Announcement of Availability of Funds to Enroll Family Planning Clients into Health Insurance Programs

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) just released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA). This FOA seeks to fund existing Title X grantees (i.e those grantees that directly receive funding from OPA) to initiate or expand enrollment assistance activities and facilitate enrollment of eligible clients into affordable health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or other local programs. 

You can read the full funding opportunity for FOA PA-FPH-15-029 at Grants.gov

Non-binding letters of intent for this FOA are due April 20th and full applications are due May 18, 2015. 

A technical assistance webinar for potential applicants will be held on March 30, 2015, at 2:00 pm ET.  You can read the FOA for information on how to access the technical assistance webinar and more.

Posted 3/17/15

OPA Announces Availability of Funds for Embryo Donation and/or Adoption Grant Projects

The Office of Population Affairs announces the availability of funds for Public Awareness Campaigns on Embryo Adoption. Please check the announcement on grants.gov. Search for CFDA number 93.007.

Posted 1/21/15

OPA releases Family Planning Clinical Training Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)

OPA released the Family Planning Clinical Training FOA, One Family Planning Clinical Training Cooperative Agreement. The cooperative agreement will fund a national-level family planning training center to ensure that personnel working in Title X family planning services projects have the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for the effective delivery of family planning services. This notice announces the availability of funds for a new clinical training program that will continue to build upon all of the previous efforts and serve Title X-funded service providers throughout the country.

The full FOA details are at grants.gov.

Posted 1/16/15

Release of CDC 2014 Recommendations for HIV prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the Recommendations for HIV prevention with adults and adolescents with HIV in the United States, 2014. The Project Workgroup comprised of CDC and other public and private groups issued these new recommendations.

Posted 12/11/14

The Family Planning Annual Report is available

This annual reporting requirement is for family planning services delivery projects authorized and funded under the Population Research and Voluntary Family Planning Programs (Section 1001 of Title X of the Public Health Service Act, 42 United States Code [USC] 300).

Annual submission of the Family Planning Annual Report (FPAR) is required of all Title X family planning services grantees for purposes of monitoring and reporting program performance (45 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Part 742 and 45 CFR Part 923). FPAR data are presented in summary form, which protects the confidentiality of individuals who receive Title X-funded services (42 CFR Part 59).

The FPAR is the only source of annual, uniform reporting by all Title X family planning services grantees. It provides consistent, national-level data on the Title X Family Planning Program and its users. View the Family Planning Annual Report here.

Posted 11/14

USPSTF Recommendation on Behavioral Counseling Interventions to Prevent STIs

September 2014--The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued a recommendation for intensive behavioral counseling for all sexually active adolescents and for adults who are at increased risk for STIs.  Grade B recommendation. View the full recommendation here.

Posted 9/29/14

USPSTF Recommends Screening for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea

September 2014—The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has updated its recommendations, as follows:

  • The USPSTF recommends screening for chlamydia in sexually active women aged 24 years or younger and in older women who are at increased risk for infection.  Grade: B Recommendation.
  • The USPSTF recommends screening for gonorrhea in sexually active women aged 24 years or younger and in older women who are at increased risk for infection.
    Grade: B Recommendation.
  • The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea in men.
    Grade: I statement.

A “B” grade means:   “The USPSTF recommends the service. There is high certainty that the net benefit is moderate or there is moderate certainty that the net benefit is moderate to substantial.” An “I” grade statement means there is currently insufficient evidence.

Posted 9/29/14

Technical Assistance Webinar for Potential Applicants for Title X Funds

The Office of Population Affairs announces the Anticipated Availability of Funds for Family Planning Services Grants for project periods beginning in FY 2015.  The full grants announcement may be viewed at grants.gov. The CFDA number is 93.217.

Posted 9/17/14

Office of Population Affairs Funding Opportunity Announcement

The Office of Population Affairs announces the Anticipated Availability of Funds for Family Planning Services Grants for project periods beginning in FY 2015. The full grants announcement can be viewed at http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html. The CFDA number is 93.217.

Save the date!! A technical assistance webinar for interested applicants will be held Friday, September 26, from 1:00-2:00 pm. Details will be forthcoming.

Posted 9/9/14

Open for Public Comment: Contraceptive Coverage under the Affordable Care Act

The Obama Administration published two rules which are open for written public comment until October 27, 2014.  The first rule lays out an additional way for organizations eligible for an accommodation to provide notice of their religious objection to providing coverage for contraceptive services. The rule allows eligible organizations to notify the Department of Health and Human Services in writing of their religious objection to providing contraception coverage. HHS and the Department of Labor will then notify insurers and third party administrators so that enrollees in those organizations’ plans receive separate coverage for contraceptive services, with no additional cost to the enrollee or the employer. This interim final rule solicits comments and went into effect upon publication.

In the second rule, the Administration is soliciting comment on how it might extend to certain closely held for-profit companies the same accommodation that is available to non-profit religious organizations. Under the proposal, these companies would not have to contract, arrange, pay or refer for contraceptive coverage to which they object on religious grounds. The proposal seeks comment on how to define a closely held for-profit company and whether other steps might be appropriate to implement this policy.

More information on the rules is available here.

Posted 9/4/14

Title X Grants for Outreach and Enrollment

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Population Affairs today announced Title X enrollment assistance grant awards to 22 Title X service grantees in Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, North Carolina, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, Louisiana, Texas, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Oregon and Alaska. More details here. More details here

Posted 9/3/14

HHS grants for Title X Family Planning Program

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Population Affairs today announced Title X Family Planning Program grant awards to thirteen organizations in Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Read announcement here.

Posted 7/16/14

QFP Town halls for Title X Providers and Grantees Now Available Online

The MP3 recordings of each of the town hall webinars are now posted on the Family Planning National Training Centers homepage.

Posted 6/30/14

How Can We Have Healthier Moms and Babies?

Dr. Nancy Lee, Director of the Office of Women’s Health interviews Susan Moskosky, Acting Director, Office of Population Affairs, on what is quality family planning and why it matters.  Read the interview here.

Posted 6/26/14

HHS Announces Funding to Support Navigators in Marketplaces

June 10, 2014-The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the availability of funding, totaling $60 million, to support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces in 2014-2015. View the funding opportunity announcement, and search for CFDA # 93.332. For more information about Navigators, visit the website.

Posted 6/16/14

OPA Seeks Public Comment on the IHE Family Planning Profile

June 6, 2014 – OPA is pleased to announce that the public comment period for the IHE Family Planning Profile officially opened on June 6, 2014. Interested stakeholders have until July 3, 2014 to submit comments. The goal of the Family Planning Profile is to develop standardized procedures for collecting data related to family planning. Once developed, these standards will be integrated into the systems developed by commercial electronic health records (EHR) vendors. This will greatly strengthen the ability of all providers of family planning to monitor services and conduct quality improvement efforts. Public comments are sought to ensure that the structure of the data and performance metrics being proposed in the profile will be useful to meet the broad needs of any family planning provider using an EHR. Individuals with expertise in family planning and reproductive health services (clinicians, administrators, researchers, public health officials, advocates) are strongly encouraged to submit public comment.

OPA’s Senior Health Informatics Advisor, Johanna Goderre, will hold office hours on Tuesdays (from 10am-12pm Eastern) and Thursdays (from 1-3pm Eastern) until July 3rd to answer any questions regarding the profile and provide other assistance as needed. Please email FPAR2.0@hhs.gov to schedule an appointment or with any other questions.

More information and resources regarding the IHE profile and OPA’s vision for how it will enable the transition to FPAR 2.0 can be found under the April 8th FPAR Updates for Title X Grantees webinar here.

Posted 6/05/14

OPA Releases Program Policy Notice on Confidential Services to Adolescents

June 5, 2014--This Program Policy Notice provides Title X grantees with information to clarify some specific requirements included in the newly released Program Requirements for Title X-Funded Family Planning Projects Version 1.0—April 2014.

Posted 6/05/14

USPSTF Issues Recommendation on Screening for Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults

May 2014--The US Preventive Services Task Force issued a recommendation for screening for hepatitis B virus infection in persons at high risk for infection as a Grade B Recommendation.

Posted 5/30/14

CDC releases free iTunes app to help healthcare providers access recommended immunization schedules

CDC recently released an updated app to help clinicians and other healthcare professionals quickly access CDC's latest recommended immunization schedules. The free CDC Vaccine Schedules app includes childhood, adolescent, adult, and catch-up vaccine schedules and footnotes. It is available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch devices; an Android version will be available in a few months.

Posted 5/28/14

New Guidelines for Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Released

The US Public Health Service released the first comprehensive clinical practice guidelines regarding use of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for people at substantial risk of getting HIV.  More information including FAQs and a fact sheet, are available on the CDC PrEP website.

Posted 5/27/14

Protecting Your Sexual and Reproductive Health

Susan Moskosky,  MS, WHNP-BC, Acting Director, Office of Population Affairs, shares four steps you can take to Protect Your Sexual and Reproductive Health for National Women’s Health Month and all year.

Posted 5/27/14

New Quality Family Planning Guidelines Provide A Roadmap to Healthier Women and Families

HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard K. Koh writes about the importance of quality family planning services in improved birth outcomes for women, babies and families, and the role of the new Providing Quality Family Services Recommendations at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-howard-k-koh/healthier-women-and-famil_b_5360028.html.

Posted 5/22/14

FDA approves first HPV test for primary cervical cancer screening

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first FDA-approved HPV DNA test for women 25 and older that can be used alone to help a health care professional assess the need for a woman to undergo additional diagnostic testing for cervical cancer. The test also can provide information about the patient’s risk for developing cervical cancer in the future.

Posted 5/8/14

Public Comment re: Behavioral Counseling Interventions to Prevent STIs and Screening for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted draft Recommendation Statements and Evidence Reviews for 1) behavioral counseling interventions to prevent sexually transmitted infections and 2) screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia, which are available for review and public comment through May 26, 2014. More information is here.

Posted 5/8/14

National Women’s Health Week Begins Mother’s Day Through May 17

NWHW will be May 11-17, 2014. Its signature event, National Women’s Check-Up Day will be on May 12, 2014. We are encouraging women to lead longer, healthier lives by taking simple, everyday steps to improve their health, including scheduling their well-woman visit. The well-woman visit is a time for women to visit their healthcare provider to receive a checkup and get preventive screenings, many of which are covered by insurance plans at no cost to women, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

Posted 5/8/14

5/8 at 1 pm ET WEBINAR: Introducing Providing Quality Family Planning Services (QFP): Recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Office of Population Affairs

This webinar will introduce QFP to a general audience of health providers, professional associations, and interested others. May 8, 2014, 1:00 pm ET. Register for the webinar at www.etouches.com/QFP-National.

Posted 5/5/14

New Providing Quality Family Planning Services Recommendations Released!

April 24, 2014—The Office of Population Affairs and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are pleased to announce the release of the new Providing Quality Family Planning Services (QFP) Recommendations. QFP Recommendations are the first federal evidence-informed guidelines for the delivery of family planning services to women and men. They are intended for use by reproductive health and primary care providers.  More information on the OPA website and MMWR.

Posted 4/24/14

Successful Teen Pregnancy: Connecting Clinical Care and Community Interventions WEBINAR

The Office of Population Affairs and the Family Planning National Training Centers are hosting a webinar on Tuesday, April 22 at 2:00 pm, where federal agencies and Title X family planning providers will share lessons learned in delivering teen pregnancy prevention services to teens. For details and registration, click here.

Posted 4/16/14

OPA Announces Availability of Funds for Embryo Donation and/or Adoption Grant Projects

The Office of Population Affairs announces the availability of funds for Public Awareness Campaigns on Embryo Adoption. Please check the announcement on grants.gov. Search for CFDA number 93.007. announcement.

Posted 4/07/14

Announcement of Availability of Funds to Enroll Family Planning Clients into Health Insurance Programs

The Office of Population Affairs is pleased to announce a funding opportunity announcement to enroll family planning clients into health insurance programs. The competition is limited to existing Title X grantees. Applications are due June 9, 2014.  A technical assistance webinar will be held on April 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm ET. Webinar information will be posted shortly.

The purpose of the funding is to initiate or expand enrollment assistance activities and facilitate enrollment of eligible clients into affordable health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or other local programs. This will help clients access high quality family planning and related preventive health services and expand services to more individuals in need. Awards will be for one year and awards will be made September 1, 2014.

The full FOA and application instructions can be accessed on www.grants.gov. Search for CFDA number 93.217 or announcement number PA-FPH-14-035.

Further details are included in the full announcement.

Posted 4/04/14

Announcement of Availability of Funds for an analysis of the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

The Office of Population Affairs announces the availability of funds for an analysis of the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The purpose of the FOA is to support quantitative and qualitative analysis which has broad generalizability and will inform Title X providers and relevant stakeholders on how to ensure sustainability for Title X family planning services.

This FOA allows applications for two different categories of projects.

  1. Category 1 will be a quantitative analysis of revenue sources, billing practices and services sought and provided by Title X centers. This quantitative analysis will account for differences in ACA implementation by State and provide information for Title X centers on financial sustainability considerations and practices.
  2. Category 2 will be a qualitative analysis of the practices around providing confidential services that improve financial sustainability in order to produce best practices.

Further details are included in the full announcement.

The full opportunity description, application instructions and application kit can be accessed on grants.gov by searching CFDA number 93.974 or funding opportunity number PA-FPR-14-002 on www.grants.gov

Some additional information about this FOA:

Letters of Intent: Non-binding letters of intent are due March 21, 2014, 5:00pm ET
Application Due Date: April 24, 2014 by 5 p.m. ET

Estimated Funds Available for Competition: $800,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 1-2
Range of Awards: $250,000 - $400,000
Anticipated Start Date: 07/01/2014
Period of Performance: Not to exceed [3] years
Budget Period Length: 12 months
Type of Award: Cooperative Agreement
Type of Application Accepted: Electronic via Grants.gov ONLY unless a waiver is granted

Please note that this FOA is separate and distinct from the family planning research FOA (PA-FPR-14-001) which can also be found on grants.gov

Posted 3/07/14

Announcement of Availability of Funds for Family Planning Research and Data Analysis Cooperative Agreements

The Office of Population Affairs announces the availability of funds for family planning research. The purpose is to support data collection and analysis which will inform relevant stakeholders about changes happening in the field of family planning.

This FOA will produce analyses on:

  1. current services being provided by family planning centers;
  2. funding sources and revenue practices amongst family planning centers;
  3. the insurance status of women of reproductive age across the U.S; and
  4. how women use contraception and changes in method use.

Further details are included in the full announcement.

The full opportunity description, application instructions and application kit can be accessed on grants.gov by searching CFDA number 93.974 or funding opportunity number PA-FPR-14-001 on www.grants.gov

Some additional information about this FOA:

Letters of Intent: Non-binding letters of intent are due March 21, 2014, 5:00pm ET
Application Due Date: April 14, 2014 by 5 p.m. ET

Estimated Funds Available for Competition: $800,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 1-2
Range of Awards: $200,000 - $400,000
Anticipated Start Date: 07/01/2014
Period of Performance: Not to exceed 5 years
Budget Period Length: 12 months
Type of Award: Cooperative Agreement
Type of Application Accepted: Electronic via Grants.gov ONLY unless a waiver is granted

Posted 2/20/14

Study Finds Continued Need for Publicly-funded Family Planning Clinics in MA Post Health Reform Law Implementation

January 24, 2014-- MMWR: Trends in Uninsured Clients Visiting Health Centers Funded by the Title X Family Planning Program — Massachusetts, 2005–2012. Marion Carter, Kathleen Desilets, Lorrie Gavin, Sue Moskosky, Jill Clark. MMWR 2014;63:59–62. The article examines trends in uninsured clients served in Massachusetts following implementation of the health reform law in 2006, finding that publicly funded family planning organizations continued to play an important role in providing services to both uninsured and insured patients.

Posted 1/24/14

The revised FPAR (FPAR) Forms and Instructions (Reissued October 2013) is now available.

Please follow the link to view the revised FPAR Forms and Instructions. http://www.hhs.gov/opa/pdfs/fpar-reissued-oct13.pdf.

Posted 1/15/14

USPSTF RECOMMENDATION RE: GESTATIONAL DIABETES

January 2014 —The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for gestational diabetes mellitus in asymptomatic pregnant women after 24 weeks of gestation. It is a grade B recommendation.

Posted 1/14/14

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