Maternal and Child Health

Increasing Access to Contraception

ASTHO is identifying state opportunities, challenges, and technical assistance needs through a multi-state learning community to improve their capacity to increase access to contraception.

State Initiatives to Increase Access to Contraception

This clickable map contains resources for U.S. state and territorial health agencies for increasing access to contraception to promote better health outcomes. See map »

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Nine Focus Areas of Success

Nine areas identified by the Increasing Access to Contraception Learning Community to increase access to contraception. Read more »

Increasing Access to Contraception Learning Community (2016-Present) Background

In 2016, ASTHO, with support from CDC, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Office of Population Affairs (OPA), convened an Increasing Access to Contraception Learning Community with 27 states and territories. The expanded learning community aims to disseminate strategies and best practices to implement policies and programs that increase access to the full range of contraceptive options. Read more »

LARC Immediately Postpartum Learning Community (2014-2016) Background

ASTHO launched the Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Learning Community, a collaborative of six states, in August 2014 to assist state health agencies in implementing LARC, specifically via initiatives focusing on postpartum insertion following delivery. The learning community expanded to 13 states in 2015. The following materials document the launch of years 1 and 2 of the LARC Immediately Postpartum Learning Community, results of “key informant interviews” with participants to assess challenges and barriers to increase access to LARCs immediately postpartum, and key documents.
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Increasing Access to Contraception Resources from States, Partners, and ASTHO

ASTHO has compiled tools and resources from states and territories, national organizations, and federal agencies to achieve the goal of increasing access to contraception. Read more »