Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) - IUDs and hormonal implants - are now widely accepted as the first and best option for preventing unplanned pregnancies. Since the last report, the American Academy of Pediatrics released guidance reccomending that pediatricians speak with their teenage patients about LARCs as the preferred method of contraception for their age group.
These contraceptive devices are long-lasting, safe and extremely effective (99.5%), which means that we offer young people the opportunity to truly take control of their reproductive life plan. Just think, a teenager has the opportunity to choose one of these methods their senior year in high school and stay protected from an unplanned pregnancy throughout their entire time at college and beyond. Given that less than half of teen parents graduate from high school and only 3% have received a college degree by age 30, the investment in helping teens access LARCs is a strong investment in young womens' futures.
CCI-TAYA has been ahead of the game working for years to give young women access to LARCs. Through family planning services provided throughout CCI last year, over 450 women now use LARCs as their primary method of birth control.This last year alone, CCI-TAYA saw in-clinic usage rates of LARCs at nearly 15% for teenagers and 19% for those ages 20-24. CCI-TAYA's LARC usage rates are well above the national averages for these age groups due to our committment to quality care that offers patients the most effective methods first; gives them clear information about all of their choices; and removes financial barriers to choosing these methods.
Despite our renewed efforts with this year's ACA open-enrollment, CCI-TAYA's clinic population still remains at above 80% uninsured and confidential youth. This means that without the generous support of individuals and foundations, our patients would not be able to afford these highly-effective, expensive ($500+) birth control methods.
During this time of thanks giving, we are grateful for all you have done to help CCI-TAYA patients receive their first and best choice for birth control at no and low cost. We hope that during the time of giving that is approaching you will renew your donation and commitment to helping young women access this birth control that opens up a world of opportunity for their future!
We are five months into the merge with CCI, and CCI-TAYA is going strong! Since joining forces in February, CCI’s family planning health centers have provided over 2,500 patient visits, serving nearly 2,000 unique patients. During this same time, our strengthened Education and Outreach services have reached over 2,000 people in the community with needed reproductive health information and education.
With more CCI family planning health center locations throughout the DC metropolitan area, teens and young adults now have more potential points of entry to be able to receive youth-friendly, comprehensive, affordable and bilingual reproductive healthcare.
With yet more evidence coming out from the state of Colorado that expanded access to the most effective contraception (IUDs and Hormonal Implants) in an affordable manner can have an immediate and dramatic impact on rates of unintended pregnancies and abortions, our expansion efforts are even more important (http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/46e1714.html). CCI’s family planning health centers and education and outreach efforts are focused on increasing the rates of young people using these methods of birth control to be able to complete their social, emotional and educational goals in the long term. Of the patients seen since TAYA merged into CCI, nearly 350 chose to have IUDs or implants inserted at low or no cost to them to give them the best chance of avoiding an unplanned pregnancy for 3-10 years.
We hope that you can continue to help us offer these expensive ($300-$500), yet effective, birth control options to our patients at low or no cost so that cost is not a barrier to the best care for them! Please keep help supporting our efforts to get the word out in the community and in our health centers!
Since the last report, Teen And Young Adult Health Connection (TAYA), has gone under a major change. On February 1, 2014, TAYA merged with Community Clinic Inc (CCI), a local Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).
As part of TAYA’s 3 year strategic plan focused on the changing healthcare environment, Board members and TAYA leadership undertook a process of exploration with key stakeholders in the community in order to determine what would be the best operating model for us moving forward. The conclusion of this process was a determination that the most viable option for sustainability of TAYA's services and mission in the changing healthcare environment was pursuing a strategic alliance with another organization. TAYA’s Board and leadership took great care to pursue a strategic alliance with an organization in such a way that we could guarantee continued accessible, affordable, comprehensive and confidential reproductive health services to the young people we work with.
While TAYA no longer exist as its’ own separate legal entity, the TAYA space and our committed staff continue on as part of CCI known as CCI-TAYA. TAYA’s same excellent services and population focus remain the same. With this merge, CCI-TAYA also now has the opportunity to reach more young women and provide them with the same level of accessible, affordable and comprehensive care in more locations. Staff from the CCI-TAYA location are working in collaboration with CCI's existing family planning clinic located in Greenbelt, Maryland to ensure that both locations are most effectively serving the reproductive health needs of those in the community. Additionally, CCI-TAYA staff is working to incorporate family planning services into all of CCI's clinic locations that serve over 20,000 people annually.
Combined the CCI-TAYA and CCI-Greenbelt health center locations reached over 4,000 women last year. As we go on this new journey together, we hope we can continue to count on your support to help all of the young women served at the CCI locations throughout the Washington, DC metro area to reach their reproductive health goals!
You can find out more at: www.cciweb.org and www.tayahealth.org
Over the past three months, since the Global Giving project began, Teen And Young Adult Health Connection (TAYA), has continued to work hard to serve the Washington, DC metro area's most vulnerable teens and young adults both in our clinics and in the community.
Since September 1, 2013 we have provided over 1,000 uninsured patients with affordable, accessible, and confidential preventive reproductive health services in our clinic locations, and just under 1,000 youth, parents, caring adults, and social service providers with preventive reproductive health education in the community. This includes providing over 300 uninsured women with their annual comprehensive family planning exam - 30 of which were paid for through the generous donations given as part of this project.
Because of your generous donations, this means that 30 more young women were able to access the necessary preventive breast, sexually transmitted infection, and cervical cancer screenings they would have been otherwise unable to afford. It also means that 30 more young women were able to have access to the birth control method that they chose with their medical provider to best prevent unplanned pregnancies, and give them the greatest possibility of fulfilling their social, educational, and professional goals.
TAYA is working hard with our certified Navigator on staff to help our uninsured patients enroll in Medicaid and the Health Insurance Exchanges as part of healthcare reform. With the well documented challenges, this process has been slower than expected, but we are continuing to persevere to identify those eligible for health coverage. Despite our best efforts, we do anticipate that over 50% of our patients will remain ineligible for coverage through healthcare reform.
This reality means that our young, uninsured, patients continue to count on your support to receive their needed comprehensive reproductive healthcare at TAYA.
As we reach the holiday giving season, please help to continue to support TAYA and our patients by letting friends and family know how they can support us through this Global Giving project. Also, when looking for gifts for friends and family, please consider supporting TAYA through the:
15th Annual Takoma Park Alternative Gift Fair Saturday, December 7, 12pm - 4p Takoma Park Presbyterian Church 310 Tulip Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912-4399
Thank you for all your support!
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http://www.cciweb.org and www.tayahealth.org