UC San Francisco

For The Long-acting Reversible Contraception Project (LARC)

This grant would continue support for the LARC project at UCSF's Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health to reduce unintended pregnancy and the need for abortion in the United States by increasing the use of long-acting reversible contraceptive methods, such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) and the contraceptive implant, Implanon. Their use is much lower in the United States than in Europe, largely because many physicians lack up-to-date knowledge and training about IUDs and their insertion. This project aims to close this gap by training large numbers of family planning practitioners through networks such as Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation and providing them with updated information on IUDs and Implanon. The project achieved several successes in its first three years, including publications in both academic and popular media to counter myths about IUDs. Training efforts with physicians complement investments by the Foundation and other donors to address cost barriers and reach out directly to potential IUD clients. Although it is too soon to see a direct impact on the national use of IUDs from this project, the percentage of U.S. women using IUDs has already begun to rise.
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for support of the 2014 Global Conference on Social Franchising for Health  
The Global Health Group at the University of California at San Francisco conducts research on the provision of health services around the world, with a particular focus on the extent and quality of health services provided by the private sector. This grant to the Global Health Group would support the 2nd conference on best practices for social franchising in health in October 2014 in the Philippines. Health social franchise programs use a commercial franchise model to improve access to and the quality of public health services in privately-run, and increasingly government, health clinics – many of which specialize in reproductive health. This conference in the Philippines will target 170 implementers, donors, policy-makers, and academics and feature successful practices in health financing, performance measurement, use of technology and ways to strengthen links to the public health system.
for a study on contraception in community colleges in Texas and California  
This grant will support a research project that is assessing an intervention to improve access to contraceptive services for young women attending community college in Texas. The project will explore how access to contraceptive services and prevention of unintended pregnancy can improve young women’s confidence in achieving their educational and career aspirations and support them to complete their degree on time and successfully enter the paid labor force. (Substrategy: Economic Opportunity)

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