Implementing strategies to build provider champions for reproductive health in rural Colorado and expand the capacity of providers and practices to provide contraceptive services and patient-centered care, including access to effective long-acting reversible contraceptive methods (LARC).
In 2017, Caring for Colorado and The Colorado Health Foundation developed the Colorado Collaborative for Reproductive Health Equity and invested in five integrated strategies.
- Contraceptive Access Change Package: Partnered with 10 clinics to implement long-term changes to enhance the delivery of comprehensive, culturally responsive contraceptive counseling and care, including access to the most effective contraceptive methods.
- Contraceptive Access Core Supports: Enhanced clinical reproductive health services through in-person, hands-on training programs designed to build confidence and skills for providing long-acting reversible contraceptives and reproductive and sexual health counseling, with a focus on rural settings and adolescent populations.
- Human- and Community-Designed Innovations: Fostered innovative programs and services, designed for and by communities, to meet their reproductive health needs. Place-based partnerships in Pueblo and Adams counties drive this work. Learn more about human-centered design, including the creation of SOMOS.
- Sexual Health Education in Schools and Communities: Supported access to comprehensive, medically accurate and culturally responsive sexual health education in schools and youth-serving community-based organizations. This strategy includes tools and resources to provide sexual health education curriculum or technology solutions in schools and communities.
- Reproductive Health Network: Providers, advocates, funders and state government partners worked toward solutions at state and local levels, supporting efforts to ensure excellence in clinical care, movement toward reproductive health equity and connections between other reproductive health coalitions in the state.
Results and learning from this work helped to develop the next phase of the Colorado Collaborative, with a new name and strategies. ReproCollab supports community-based efforts working to ensure all people have access to the information and services they need and the right to make decisions about their bodies, sexuality, relationships, and futures. This includes whether and when to use contraception, start a family, or continue a pregnancy.
To learn more visit ReproCollab.org.