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FY 2009 - OPA Family Planning Service Delivery Improvement Research Awards

The 2009 Family Planning Research Cooperative agreements were awarded to the following:

Innovative Technology-Based Outreach and Utilization of Client Home-Testing to Improve Chlamydia/Gonorrhea Retesting

Grantee Organization:
Public Health Foundation Enterprises, Inc.
City of Industry, CA 91746
Principal Investigator:
Heidi Bauer, M.D.
Project Period: 9/1/2009 – 8/31/2012

This study will compare the effectiveness of two levels of multi-faceted chlamydia/gonnorhea (CT/GC) retesting interventions in improving CT/GC re-testing among female family planning clinic clients 1-6 months after treatment. The first intervention is a clinic-level intervention and involves enhancements to clinic retesting protocols and systems. Clinic enhancements will include chart-flags, improved retesting counseling/education messages and client educational materials, and improved protocols for express visits for STD testing. The second intervention is a client-level intervention that will build on the clinic-level intervention by offering clients new retesting and reminder options, including home-based self-collected vaginal swab testing and an automated retesting reminder message sent via postcard, text message, and/or email message. The interventions will be implemented in six family planning clinics in California with women ages 16 and older. The overall study objectives are to reduce women's adverse health outcomes associated with repeat CT/GC infections and improve overall reproductive health by identifying effective, easy-to-implement strategies to increase CT/GC retesting in family planning settings.

Understanding and Improving Family Planning Services through Language Assistance

Grantee Organization:
The Research Foundation of SUNY, University of Albany
Albany, NY 12222
Principal Investigator:
Dina Refki, M.D.
Project Period: 9/1/2009 – 8/31/2012

The purpose of this study is to address challenges associated with providing language assistance for limited English proficient (LEP) patients in family planning clinics. The researchers will conduct a statewide survey with Title X family planning clinic administrators in New York State to understand the current services available to LEP patients in family planning clinics, current methods of identifying and responding to language access needs, factors that may facilitate or impede language assistance for clients, and factors related to organizational urgency and capacity to be part of a research study to address language assistance. The researchers will then conduct an intervention study with six Title X clinics to determine whether assistance to develop an organizational plan for language assistance services and a mini-grant to support implementation of specific language assistance services will improve the quantity and quality of language assistance services provided in the clinic. Results of this study will help to improve the planning and delivery of family planning services for LEP populations.

Fort Peck Men's Sexual Health Intervention and Evaluation Study

Grantee Organization:
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717
Principal Investigator:
Elizabeth Rink, Ph.D.
Project Period: 9/1/2009 – 8/31/2012

The purpose of this study is to utilize a community-based participatory research approach to design, implement, and evaluate a culturally relevant intervention to reduce unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections among heterosexual American Indian males ages 18 to 24 living in a rural, frontier setting. Participants will be recruited from the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in northeastern Montana and will be randomly assigned to either a control group or an experimental group. The control group will receive an educational intervention that will include information on HIV, STI, and pregnancy prevention strategies. The experimental group will receive a longer educational intervention that will include information on HIV, STI, and pregnancy prevention strategies, as well as information on psychosocial and emotional factors that facilitate or impede the use of prevention strategies; communication strategies to discuss methods to prevent HIV, STIs, and unintended pregnancy; and skill building activities to improve self-efficacy to use prevention strategies. The intervention sessions will be implemented by local male outreach workers trained in HIV, STI, and pregnancy related topics, and who have knowledge and sensitivity to traditional and non-traditional cultural practices. Results will be used to inform future interventions for American Indian men to increase their use of preventive strategies and family planning services.