We are excited to share the latest on a new partnership for PHE with UCSF’s Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. The Bixby Center has long been an advisor to PHE on our curriculum, but this year we will be teaming up to help increase the number of school-based health centers that are prepared to provide young people with accurate information and care regarding LARCs (LARC stands for long-acting reversible contraception, specifically IUDs and implants).
UCSF received a multi-year grant from the JPB Foundation to provide their proven LARC training at clinics across the country, and PHE is working with them to design a pilot that would provide this training at school-based health centers for the first time. PHE will connect UCSF with our school partners, and UCSF will train both the health center providers and PHE’s volunteer health educators on all they need to know about LARCs.
This is important because LARCs have been recognized as the most effective form of birth-control, and yet one of the greatest barriers to accessing them is lack of information for not only young people but also their providers. We will be measuring the impact of our partnership, and if we see positive results, we will work to scale this training to more school-based health centers around the country.