Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC)

Family planning and related preventive health services for millions of low-income and uninsured individuals.

Colorado Family Planning Program A Project of Around Boulder County

The Colorado Family Planning Program

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has hosted the Family Planning Program since 1970 and is an integral part of the public health system nationally and in Colorado.

The program plays a critical role in ensuring access to a broad range of family planning and related preventive health services for millions of low-income or uninsured individuals. In addition to contraceptive services and counseling, clinics provide a number of important preventive health services:

  • Patient education and counseling
  • Pelvic examinations
  • Breast and cervical cancer screening according to nationally recognized standards of care
  • Sexually transmitted disease (STD) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) prevention education, counseling, testing and referral
  • Pregnancy diagnosis and counseling

The family planning program is intended to assist individuals in determining the number and spacing of their children. This promotes positive birth outcomes and healthy families. The education, counseling and medical services available in Title X-funded clinic settings assist in achieving these goals.

Innovation

In 2008, CDPHE's Colorado Family Planning Initiative (CFPI) was created to increase Title X clients' access to long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) and expand access to family planning services. More than $25 million was invested in this seven-year effort through an anonymous donor to remove barriers of these highly efficacious, but expensive methods of family planning. Family Planning Program clinics developed local approaches for expanding family planning services that include increased family planning staff, expanded clinic hours, additional clinic sites, improved collaboration with local providers and community organizations, the purchase of equipment, improvements to clinical space and outreach strategies to inform potential clients.

The results from this LARC program have been game-changing.

Since the start of the Colorado Family Planning Initiative, the birth rate for young women ages 15 to19 has been cut nearly in half, falling 48 percent between 2009 and 2014.

The number of repeat teen births (teens giving birth for the second or third time, etc.) dropped 58 percent between 2009 and 2014.

The abortion rate among women 15-19 fell by 48 percent and among women 20-24 by 18 percent between 2009 and 2014.

IUD and implant use among family planning clients using contraception grew from 4.5 percent before the initiative began to 29.6 percent in 2014. Nationally, only 7.2 percent of women use these more effective forms of birth control.

2015-2016 marks the final year of this special grant-funded program.

And we need your help.

CPDHE is currently seeking donations to help ensure that the monumental gains made from this program will continue in the years to come.

Donate

While your donation will be directed to support the greatest needs in CDPHE family planning clinic network, the following are samples of what your gift can support:

$50

Supports a family planning client with their annual reproductive health exam.

$100

Supports family planning clinic staff time to facilitate an education session about sexual health to a group of high school students.

$150

Supports a contraceptive method for a low-income family for six months.

$200

Supports over 10 pregnancy test and counseling visits at a family planning clinics

$500

Supports the purchase of 10 Liletta (long-acting, reversible contraceptive) devices.

$1,000

Supports the purchase of Nexplanon (LARC device) for three patients.

Help ensure these incredible gains continue for years to come:

Supported by 4 Donations:

  • Silhouette
    Anonymous
    Making LARC available to all women, regardless of their ability to afford it, is so important.
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous
    LARC for all!
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous
    I Gave $150
  • edith i.
    I Gave $100