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Healthcare Providers

Providers of family planning services, including those in Title X clinics and in primary care sites, will play an important role in helping women and men make informed decisions about pregnancy and childbirth in the context of Zika. Most of these clients are not pregnant, so there is an opportunity to prevent the consequences of Zika by educating them about how it is transmitted and the risks that Zika poses to reproductive health, and helping them to consider how those risks may affect their plans for pregnancy and their use of contraception.

OPA has developed additional training and technical assistance resources to help healthcare workers and clinic managers implement the CDC guidance (see table below). The information is based on guidance published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information about CDC guidance, see www.cdc.gov/zika.

Training and Technical Assistance Resources to Build Capacity for Quality Family Planning Services in the Context of Zika

Resources

The Zika Toolkit

The Providing Family Planning Care for Non-Pregnant Women and Men of Reproductive Age in the Context of Zika: A Toolkit for Healthcare Providers helps providers of family planning services in a variety of settings educate their non-pregnant clients about the risk of Zika infection.

Core Competencies for Family Planning in the Context of Zika

Experts in clinical training developed a core set of competencies for quality family planning care in the context of Zika, based on the recommendations in CDC and OPA’s Recommendations for Providing Quality Family Planning Services (QFP), and incorporating specific activities related to Zika. Sources of training and technical assistance designed to achieve these competencies are also documented. (English (39KB) / español (68 KB)

Zika Community of Practice

In the Zika Virus Community of Practice, a forum is provided for providers, state and local agencies, or other interested partners to share information, tools, and practices or to ask questions and discuss strategies to meet the Zika-related needs of women and men of reproductive age. 

Webinar Series

Zika and implications for non-pregnant women and men of reproductive age: 

Podcast

Zika Virus: A Podcast for Professionals Providing Family Planning Services

Transcript (420 KB)

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Content last reviewed on January 24, 2017