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Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy


Women of childbearing age represent one of the single largest groups of community health center patients, and family planning plays a critical role in the health, economic, and social circumstances of women, their children, and families. Family planning is a required service at all health centers, and the major expansion of health centers under the Affordable Care Act means that for low-income women of reproductive age this service should be increasingly available. The Quality Family Planning (QFP) Guidelines, jointly developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) and released in 2014, provide a new opportunity to strengthen family planning service delivery for all patients of reproductive age.1 But limited and somewhat dated information exists regarding both patients’ experiences receiving primary care at health centers generally, and women’s experiences with family planning care at health centers specifically. 2 , 3 With patient-centeredness playing an increasingly central role in quality improvement efforts, information regarding the importance placed on family planning services by patients and their experiences receiving care becomes key


This study is a joint project of the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative and the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health, at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management.

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