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Reproductive health is an important element of the full-spectrum family medicine. CAFP has long-standing policy supporting the full complement of reproductive health services, including availability of insurance coverage for those services, over-the-counter (OTC) access for contraceptive medication, access to Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) and vasectomy, pregnancy termination, as well as education and training.

 

The average American woman becomes sexually active at age 17 and wants two children. She will spend approximately 4 years of her sexually active reproductive life either pregnant or trying to get pregnant, and 25+ years trying to avoid pregnancy.

 

Working with a diverse expert panel of family physicians, we have created a Reproductive Health Care Initiative that offers a full range of education and training to support you and your practice teammates in providing essential reproductive health services to your patients.

Learner Self-Assessment

You are encouraged to participate in this online assessment. The knowledge and attitude assessment will give you a sense of practice gaps and assist you in planning educational interventions to close the gaps. Colleagues from every state will be participating, and you’ll be able to see where you fall in the scoring. The assessment also includes the correct answers and all citations and rationales. The LSA is sponsored for .25 AAFP Prescribed or AMA PRA Category 1 credits™ and is free to all health care clinicians.

Live + Enduring Education

This initiative is anchored by a series of live and enduring activities, including presentations at state AFP chapters. The curriculum was developed by a team of practicing family physicians and is designed to enhance your comfort, confidence and competency in counseling patients on reproductive health life planning. The case-based curriculum is based in One Key Question®; you’ll walk through visits with three patients as you and the women decide together the best path forward for their reproductive health choices. In 2018, this curriculum will be presented at 10 AFP state chapter meetings. Enduring activities will include monographs, videos, tip sheets, articles and potentially an iBook for learners.

Maintenance of Certification

CAFP, in partnership with Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association, has developed an ABFM Part IV Improving Performance in Practice module. This module is designed to increase the use of One Key Question® for reproductive health planning, enhance physician-patient communication, and improve team approaches to care. The module is approved for ABFM Part IV credit, includes 30 AAFP Prescribed credits upon completion and is based on a team-approach [AMA PRA Category 1™ credit also is available]. The Part IV module is appropriate for any family physician, family medicine resident or other primary care physician plus your teammates. Questions? Contact Shelly Rodrigues at srodrigues@familydocs.org.

Tools + Resources

To support CAFP’s Reproductive Health Initiative, we have found a myriad of resources available to help you and your practice team begin these conversations, provide patient-centered counseling, integrate One Key Question® into practice and enhance the care you provide your patients. No single approach will fully prepare you and your team for these conversations, but we encourage you to find the tool most useful to your community in CAFP’s list of references.

Your Expert Advisory Panel

CAFP’s Reproductive Health Initiative has been designed with an expert panel composed of family medicine experts, education and outcomes specialists, and practice team members. The panel’s work includes ongoing review of current literature to enhance understanding of research, guidelines, competencies and public health issues; development of a set of reproductive health competencies; implementation of the live and enduring activities; support for the Learner Self Assessment and MOC modules; and faculty training. Our many thanks to this group of dedicated individuals.