States: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming
Client(s): CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Services: Health Care & Public Health Planning, Training & Technical Assistance, Health Systems Transformation
Technical Expertise: Health Care Reform, Family Planning & Reproductive Health, Adolescent Health
Even before the passage of health care reform legislation, experts were predicting that sexual and reproductive health services providers would need to assess and adjust their business philosophies and practices to take advantage of the many opportunities that would follow reform. Since reform became a reality, organizations have had to transform to reach the more than 20 million people who will gain insurance coverage. Reform also meant an expansion in available funding for prevention services as Medicaid reimbursement expanded and the door opened to third-party payer reimbursements. To capitalize on the opportunities created by parity and health care reform, programs and clinics recognized the need to transform and help their staff to understand not only the elements of transformation but why change is crucial to the survival of each organization.
As the Region VII/VIII Sexual and Reproductive Health Prevention Training and Technical Assistance Center (SHRP-TTAC), JSI helped build capacity among providers of state STD departments and Title X recipients in Region VII/VIII to use existing data systems to monitor STD prevalence, and to use data for quality assurance and quality improvement efforts. The project and improve capacity among STD, state public health laboratories, and Family Planning clinics to implement and maintain robust billing and reimbursement systems.
JSI addressed the capacity development needs using a multifaceted approach organized into three modalities: (1) product development and resource dissemination; (2) training webinars; and (3) individualized technical assistance.
Read about the Region I STD-related Reproductive Health Training and Technical Assistance Center