New Partnership Aims to Revolutionize Access to Contraception and Improve Women’s Health Care

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently partnered with Upstream to increase access to contraception and address disparities in women’s health. This public-private partnership will provide training, resources, and technical assistance to underserved communities, allowing better access to high-quality contraceptive care. Through this collaboration, the aim is to promote comprehensive patient-centered care across primary care settings.

The public-private partnership is a continuation of HHS’ ongoing efforts to implement President Biden’s Executive Orders to protect and secure access to reproductive care, including by ensuring all HHS-funded providers and clinics receive appropriate training and resources to address family planning needs. These providers are an essential source of care for underserved communities. Through a five-year agreement, HHS and Upstream will focus on identifying areas of high need for contraceptive care, where people of reproductive age may lack reasonable access to a health care center that offers the full range of contraceptive methods.

“The Biden-Harris Administration is steadfast in its commitment to protecting reproductive health care in all communities,” said Marvin Figueroa, Director of the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs at HHS. “By equipping providers and health care facilities with the training and support necessary to expand contraception options and access, we can better empower patients and help address disparities in family planning care.”

“We’ve reached a crucial point in history, calling for an expanded approach to dramatically improve contraception access,” said Mark Edwards, CEO of Upstream. “Both HHS and Upstream share a common goal of improving women’s health, increasing access to contraception, and addressing disparities in contraceptive care. Through this partnership, we will ensure health care facilities across the U.S. are equipped with the training, tools, and resources needed to offer their patients the high-quality contraceptive care they need and deserve.”

To address the gaps in the health care system, HHS and Upstream will collaborate to help health care providers receive free technical assistance, training and education on contraceptive care in primary care settings – where most women receive their health care. Over the course of the multi-year partnership, HHS and Upstream will work collaboratively to strengthen health systems and health care provider settings with the goal of promoting comprehensive patient-centered care for all people of reproductive age.

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