The unintended pregnancy rate in the U.S. is at a historic low; however, the rate remains high compared to other developed nations with nearly half (45%) of U.S. pregnancies unintended. Federal funding through the Title X Family Planning program aims to decrease the number of unplanned pregnancies, increase optimal birth spacing, achieve healthy pregnancies, decrease sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and improve birth outcomes in the U.S. through the provision of voluntary, confidential, and low-cost education, counseling, and related comprehensive medical services. Additional federal funding through the evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program aims to test and evaluate new and innovative approaches to prevent teen pregnancy, prevent STIs among adolescents, and promote optimal health. Together, these programs, housed in the federal HHS Office of Population Affairs (OPA), serve millions of low-income clients, many of whom represent populations disproportionately affected by preventable causes of maternal mortality and morbidity.
OPA has funded JSI to manage the new Reproductive Health National Training Center (RHNTC) in order to ensure that personnel working in Title X and TPP projects have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to effectively deliver high-quality services and programs. In addition, because maternal mortality can be impacted by providing preventive services to Title X and TPP clients, the Office on Women’s Health is providing funding to the RHNTC to build Title X and TPP grantees’ capacity to promote women’s health and prevent maternal mortality through increased fertility awareness and improved preconception health. The RHNTC will provide training and technical assistance using innovative, evidence-based techniques and content that will help Title X and TPP grantees and their networks achieve their goals.
Previous Title X Family Planning National Training Center Projects:
Title X Family Planning National Training Center for Service Delivery Improvement (FPNTC-SDI)
Family Planning National Training Center on Quality Assurance, Quality Improvement, and Evaluation
Family Planning National Training Center on Management and Systems Improvement