Massachusetts Department of Public Health Sexual and Reproductive Health Program Needs Assessment

Dates: 2015-2016

State: Massachusetts

Client(s): Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)

Services: Training & Technical Assistance, Applied Research & Evaluation

Technical Expertise: Adolescent Health, Family Planning & Reproductive Health


In 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health established a new program to reduce unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. The Sexual and Reproductive Health Program (SRHP) funds family planning, teen pregnancy prevention, and pregnant and parenting youth service providers across the state. To best support these services, the SRHP is implementing a strategic planning process to identify shared goals and cross-cutting training and technical assistance needs.

The SRHP choose JSI to assist with the strategic planning efforts and to conduct a state-wide training and technical needs assessment. Specifically, JSI is conducting key informant interviews with state training agencies and sexual and reproductive health providers, and surveying more than 40 MDPH/SRHP-funded and non-funded sexual and reproductive health and youth service providers. JSI will use the findings to develop a state-wide training and technical assistance plan to strengthen organizations’ capacity to provide high quality education, outreach and clinical services.