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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.

A technical assistance webinar will be held September 26 at 1:00 pm ET.  To access the webinar: you need to call in 800-369-1183 and log on at https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join/
Conference number: PW8755007
Audience passcode: 9586694

Participants can also join the event directly at:
https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=PW8755007&p=9586694&t=c

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

AIDS.gov Highlights New Projects Which Integrate HIV Prevention into Family Planning

Read OPA'S new blog post about our recently funded projects which provide high-impact HIV prevention services integrated with Title X family planning services in high need areas.

Posted 11/22/13

USPSTF POSTS DRAFT RESEARCH PLAN ON BREAST CANCER SCREENING—public comment

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted for public comment a draft Research Plan on screening for breast cancer. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from November 14 through December 11, 2013. In addition to the draft Research Plan, the Task Force has posted an informational video presentation, which provides an overview of the Task Force’s process for developing recommendations, the draft Research Plan, and how the public can provide input. The Task Force invites the public to comment on the draft Research Plan to help in this early stage of the recommendation. To review the materials and draft Research Plan and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/breastcancer.htm.

Posted 11/20/13

2011 Family Planning Annual Report (FPAR) National Summary is now available.

View the PDF (1.77 MB)

Posted 9/17/13

Announcement of OPA HIV Integration Grants

September 2013--The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) is pleased to announce the 18 recipients of the Integrating Routine HIV Testing and Linkage to HIV Care and Treatment in Family Planning Services Grants.

Grantees funded in this new three-year funding cycle may receive one or both of two related components. Grantees funded for Part A have projects that provide high-impact HIV prevention services integrated with Title X Family Planning Services. Funded activities include opt-out HIV testing, linkages to care, behavioral interventions through counseling sessions, condom distribution, and sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening and treatment.

Grantees that received Part B funding will provide enhanced, bi-directional linkage services between Title X Family Planning service sites and Ryan White-funded HIV medical service sites that are either co-located with a Title X site, or have an established, collaborative relationship with a Title X service site funded under Part A. Some projects will provide family planning services for HIV positive clients either in the family planning or Ryan White-funded HIV medical service site.

The following 18 Title X grantees were funded, beginning September 1, 2013. Approximately 60 projects were awarded under Part A and 12 projects under Part B. This chart includes the grantee and the type(s) of grants(s) they were awarded.

Region

Grantee

Part

1

HealthQuarters, Inc

A

1

Action for Boston Community Development

A

2

New Jersey Family Planning League, Inc.

A/B

2

Public Health Solutions

A/B

2

Virgin Islands Department of Health

A

2

New York State Department of Health

A

3

Unity Health Care

A

3

Family Planning Council

A/B

3

Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

A/B

4

Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region

A/B

4

SC Department of Health and Environmental Control

A/B

4

Alabama Department of Public Health

A/B

5

Indiana Family Health Council, Inc.

A

5

Michigan Department of Community Health

A

6

Women's Health and Family Planning Association of Texas

A/B

7

Family Planning Council of Iowa

A

9

California Family Health Council, Inc.

A/B

9

Gila River Health Care Corporation

A

Click here for more information on OPA’s Integrating Routine HIV Testing and Linkage to HIV Care and Treatment in Family Planning Services initiative. Please contact Vanessa A. White, MPH, Public Health Advisor, with any questions.

Posted 9/17/13

HHS Releases New Model HIPAA Notices

September 16, 2013--The Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT and the HHS Office for Civil Rights released model Notices of Privacy Practices for health care providers and health plans to use to communicate with their patients and plan members around the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The HIPAA Privacy Rule gives patients a right to be informed of the privacy practices of health care providers and health plans and of their privacy rights regarding their personal health information. Health care providers and health plans that are subject to HIPAA are required to develop and distribute a notice that provides a clear, user-friendly explanation of these rights and practices. These model notices reflect the recent regulatory changes to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and serve as the baseline for covered health providers working to come into compliance with the new requirements.
Posted 9/16/13

Announcement of OPA HIT Adoption and Implementation Grants

September 2013--The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) is pleased to announce the 23 recipients of the Adoption and Implementation of Health Information Technology in Family Planning Services Grants.

The purpose of these grants is to support Title X grantees, sub-recipients and service sites in adopting and implementing health information technology (HIT) systems to become meaningful users of HIT, including electronic health records and practice management systems. These grants also aim to support these systems to increase access to care, improve quality of care and bill third-party payers.

The following 23 Title X grantees were funded, beginning September 1, 2013. This chart includes the grantees and the regions in which they were awarded.

Region

Grantee

1

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Inc.

1

Health Imperatives, Inc.

1

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England

2

New York State Department of Health

2

Public Health Solutions

2

New Jersey Family Planning Inc.

3

Unity Health Care

3

Family Planning Council

3

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

4

Planned Parenthood Health Systems, Inc.

4

Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, Inc.

5

Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio

5

Indiana Family Health  Council, Inc.

5

Planned Parenthood of MN, ND, SD

5

State of Ohio - Department of Health

6

Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma

6

Louisiana DHH Office of Public Health

7

Nebraska Dept of Health & Human Services

7

Family Planning Council of Iowa

8

Wyoming Health Council

9

California Family Health Council, Inc.

10

Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette, Inc.

10

State of Alaska Department of Health & Social Services

For any questions about OPA’s HIT Adoption and Implementation initiative, please contact Christine Nishiguchi, Public Health Advisor, at Christine.Nishiguchi@hhs.gov.

Posted 9/12/13

Provider Materials for ACA Patient Education

Hot off the press! Ten Things Providers Need to Know and Ten Things to Tell Your Patients, have now been posted on http://marketplace.cms.gov. Be sure to check http://marketplace.cms.gov regularly as many resources are already available and new materials to use for Affordable Care Act outreach and education are being developed.

Posted 8/30/13

Funding Opportunity Announcement—Due Date: July 15, 2013

June 2013--The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a recommendation for screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in persons at high risk for infection. The USPSTF also recommends offering one-time screening for HCV infection to adults born between 1945 and 1965. The recommendation is a “B recommendation,” meaning that there is high certainty that the net benefit is moderate or there is moderate certainty that the net benefit is moderate to substantial. This brings the USPSTF and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in line as CDC in May 2012 urged one-time screening for all people born between 1945 and 1965.

Posted 6/25/13

Funding Opportunity Announcement—Due Date: July 15, 2013

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) announces the release of a FY 2013 Funding Opportunity Announcement for the support of projects that seek either to increase the level of public awareness of frozen embryo adoption/donation or to provide services which facilitate frozen embryo adoption/donation. This notice solicits applications from public or private, non-profit or for-profit agencies that have expertise in frozen embryo adoption/donation or related fields.

For specifics about eligibility, please refer to the complete funding opportunity announcement which can be accessed at www.grants.gov/search/basic.do. Please enter the CFDA number 93.007in the “Search by CFDA number” box.

Posted 6/19/13

Release of the U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, 2013 (US SPR). The US SPR provides guidance on how contraceptive methods can be used, and focuses on how to remove unnecessary barriers for patients in accessing and successfully using contraceptive methods. It works in tandem with the CDC’s U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010 (US MEC) which provides guidance on who can use various methods of contraception.

Many of the US SPR recommendations have been adapted from global guidance provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be more specific to U.S. practices, and new topics of interest to U.S. providers have been added. These recommendations are meant to serve as a source of clinical guidance for health care providers; health care providers should always consider the individual clinical circumstances of each person seeking family planning services.

Providers can learn more about the US SPR, and find job aids, training tools, and continuing education at: http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/ UnintendedPregnancy/USSPR.htm.

Posted 6/14/13

HHS Soliciting Public Comment on Renewal of Viral Hepatitis Action Plan

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking broad public input as it begins efforts to renew the 2011 Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis to include actions which can be taken from 2014-2016. Comments must be received by 5:00 pm ET on July 5, 2013. The full notice can be found here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-05/pdf/2013-13332.pdf.

Posted 6/10/13

USPSTF Recommends HIV Screening for 15-65 Year Olds

Last week the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued its final recommendation regarding screening for HIV infection, recommending that clinicians screen for HIV infection in adolescents and adults 15-65 years old. Younger adolescents and older adults who are at increased risk should also be screened. USPSTF also recommended that clinicians screen all pregnant women for HIV. Both recommendations are grade A, meaning that, upon review of the evidence, USPSTF finds high certainty that the net benefit is substantial.. View the full recommendations and evidence at http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspshivi.htm

Posted 5/9/13

Funding Opportunity Announcement for Marketplace Navigator Grants

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the availability of new funding to support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces. Navigators are individuals and entities that will provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

To access the funding opportunity announcement, visit: http://www.grants.gov, and search for CFDA # 93.750. For more information about Navigators, including continuing updates, visit: http://cciio.cms.gov/programs/exchanges/assistance.html

Posted 4/22/13

Funding Opportunity Announcement -- Due date: May 17, 2013

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) is pleased to announce of the availability of FY 2013 Funding Opportunity Announcement to support the adoption and implementation of health information technology (HIT) by family planning services grantees under the authority of Title X of the Public Health Service Act. This notice solicits applications from Title X grantees that propose to effectively adopt and implement HIT systems that enable providers to become meaningful users of HIT, including electronic health record and practice management systems and to use those systems to increase access to care, improve quality of care and bill third party payers. Awards will be for one year.

Public and private nonprofit entities that are Title X family planning service grantees funded as of June 30, 2013, are eligible to apply. For specifics about eligibility, please refer to the complete funding announcement, which can be accessed at www.grants.gov/search/basic.do. Enter the CFDA number (93.217) in the “Search by CFDA number” box.

***Technical Assistance Webinar: The date for this will be announced within the next 5 days. This TA webinar will provide guidance on both the HIV integration (Part A and B) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) as well as the HIT FOA.

Posted 4/11/13

Funding Opportunity Announcement -- Amended due date: May 10, 2013

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) announcement of the availability of FY 2013 Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Funds and Title X funds for competitively awarded grants for Title X HIV Integration and Linkage to HIV Care and Treatment due date has been changed. These grants will provide funding for: Part A Projects to support Title X service sites in providing routine HIV testing, linkage to care, and high impact HIV prevention services integrated with Title X family planning services, and Part B Projects that provide enhanced, bi-directional linkage services between Title X and Ryan White-funded HIV medical service sites. Funding will be awarded as grants, rather than supplements.

Public and private nonprofit entities that are Title X family planning service grantees funded as of June 30, 2013, are eligible to apply. For specifics about eligibility, please refer to the complete funding announcement, which can be accessed at www.grants.gov/search/basic.do. Enter the CFDA number (93.217) in the "Search by CFDA number" box.

Posted 4/3/13

OPA Announces Grant Awards for March 31 Start

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Population Affairs today announced Title X Family Planning Program grant awards to five organizations in Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia.

To view the announcement visit: http://www.hhs.gov/ash/news/20130325.html.

Posted 3/26/13

USPSTF Posts Draft Research Plan on Gonorrhea & Chlamydia Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted its draft Research Plan on screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment through April 3, 2013. To review the draft Research Plan and submit comments: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/draftresplan2.htm

Posted 3/20/13

Doxycycline & Tetracycline Shortages Update

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to report that doxycycline is available in limited supply and tetracycline is unavailable. Doxycycline and/or tetracycline are recommended therapy for some sexually transmitted infections and syndromes including chlamydia, nongonococcal urethritis, epididymitis and pelvic inflammatory disease.

For treatment alternatives and more information:
View Doxycycline/Tetracycline Shortage

Posted 3/5/13

USPSTF Seeks Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections

On January 29, 2013, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) posted for public comment its draft Research Plan on behavioral counseling to prevent sexually transmitted infections. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from January 29 through February 25, 2013. To review the draft Research Plan and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm.

Posted 2/5/13

FDA Reports Shortage of Doxycycline

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported a shortage of doxycycline on January 18, 2013. Doxycycline is a recommended therapy for some sexually transmitted infections and syndromes including chlamydia, nongonococcal urethritis, epididymitis and pelvic inflammatory disease and as an alternative treatment for syphilis in patients with a penicillin allergy.

For more information and alternative treatment regimens, view Doxycycline Shortage.

Posted 1/29/13

OPA Webinar: Responding to the FY 2013 Title X FOA

Federal staff will provide an overview of the application process and requirements for the FY 2013 Title X Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for interested applicants on February 21, 2013 from 2-3 pm eastern time. There will be time for Q & A. If you have questions but are unable to watch the live webinar, you may email your questions by February 20 COB to opa@hhs.gov. The webinar will be posted within two weeks after February 21.

The FOA for Title X family planning funding was posted on August 1, 2012. To view the FOA, go to: http://grants.gov/. Click on Grant Search on the right side of the screen. Enter 93.217 in the CFDA number search box.

Note that there are rolling application due dates. The next deadline is April 1, 2013. Scroll down to find the specific FOA for your region.

The call-in information is listed below.

Passcodes/Pin codes: 

Participant passcode: 6395836
For security reasons, the passcode will be required to join the call.

Dial in numbers:


CountryToll NumbersFreephone/Toll Free Number
USA1-312-470-7275888-603-9629

Restrictions may exist when accessing freephone/toll free numbers using a mobile telephone.

Net Conference Access Information:

For Participants:
URL: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join/
Conference number: PW4267236
Audience passcode: 6395836

Participants can join the event directly at:
https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=PW4267236&p=6395836&t=c

Posted 1/22/13

FDA approves new IUD

On January 9, 2013, the FDA announced approval of Skyla, a three-year, levonorgestral-releasing intrauterine system (IUS). Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc., the manufacturer of Mirena, the five-year levonorgestral-releasing IUS which was approved by the FDA in 2000, indicated that its new product is targeted to younger women. Skyla releases a lower dose of progestin than Mirena. It is expected to be on the market in mid-February. Read More Here

Posted 1/16/13

OPA’s AIDS.gov new blog post

Family Planning Providers Key in Fight Against HIV

Posted 1/10/13

The 2011 Family Planning Annual Report is now 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 2011 Family Planning Annual Report here

Posted 1/10/13

Registration is NOW for new entities for 340B Drug Pricing Program

January 1-15 is the window for registration of new providers in the 340B Drug Pricing Program. New Title X providers should register NOW, as the next registration period will be April 1-15. Find out more about eligibility, requirements and the 340B program generally at http://www.hrsa.gov/opa/index.html
Posted 1/9/13

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