Preventing Unintended Secondary Pregnancies in Women Receiving Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Services
The Barron County Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Program was awarded a 2012 Strengthening the Community of Practice for Public Health Improvement (COPPHI) Quality Improvement (QI) Award Program Grant through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Through this project, Barron County Public Health (BCPH) sought to increase access to family planning supplies and information for pregnant and postpartum women receiving Women, Infants and Children (WIC) services in an effort to decrease the percentage of women becoming pregnant less than 16 months from their last pregnancy. Data were collected from local medical providers and women receiving WIC services. Data confirmed inconsistencies in the provision of family planning information and services during the third trimester and postpartum period. An educational webinar, hosted by BCPH's medical advisor, was created. The webinar shared the emerging practice of interconception care in reducing unintended secondary pregnancies. Dual protection kits, which contained emergency contraception (EC) in advance of need, condoms, and educational materials were created. Posters were placed in WIC service areas that state "ask me how to get a dual protection kit today" and showed pictures of the components of the dual protection kits. All pregnant and postpartum women receiving WIC services are offered a dual protection kit and a visit with reproductive health staff. It will take time to evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions on reducing the percentage of women becoming pregnant less than 16 months postpartum. The physicians who watched the educational webinar responded positively on the post-webinar survey, and all have stated that they already do the practices listed or responded they are "much more likely" to implement the practice after watching the webinar. In the first month, 12 dual protection kits were distributed to clients.
Engen, K. Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange. Preventing Unintended Secondary Pregnancies in Women Receiving Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Services. Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:50. Available at https://www.phqix.org/content/preventing-unintended-secondary-pregnancies-women-receiving-women-infants-and-children-wic. Accessed February 25, 2018.
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