Increasing Access to Contraception in the Context of Zika Preparedness Perspectives from State and Local Public Health Agencies
January 17, 2018

Because infants can be infected by Zika through maternal transmission during pregnancy, prevention of unintended pregnancies is a primary strategy to reduce the number of pregnancies affected by Zika virus infection.

In Fall 2016, the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) convened key representatives of local/state health departments, federal government organizations, and maternal and child health membership organizations to discuss state-implemented approaches to increasing access to the full range of contraceptive methods.

This brief provides an overview of strategy discussions addressing logistic/administrative barriers to contraceptive services, provider training, reimbursement, client satisfaction, and consumer awareness. Common themes among discussed strategies were: building and maintaining strategic partnerships; simplification of administrative processes; and increasing client knowledge, engagement, and access.

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