Office of Women's Health

Family Planning Program

What is Reproductive Health/Family Planning?

The Reproductive Health/Family Planning Program is a statewide clinic-based primary care program that provides complete reproductive health/family planning services to promote optimal health.

Services include:

  • Education
  • Counseling
  • Medical Services
  • Referral services that enable people to make voluntary, informed decisions about the quantity and spacing of their children.

Why is this program needed?

Family planning clinics play a key role in health care delivery. The clinics often are the entry point into the health care system, and may be the only source of health care for the young, for those with low incomes, for the uninsured, and the underinsured.

What are the goals of the program?

Reproductive Health/Family Planning Program services provide individuals with the information and means to exercise personal choice in determining the number and spacing of their children. Research indicates that women who can plan and space their pregnancies are likely to have healthier babies. Improved birth outcomes include a reduction of birth defects, decreases in infant mortality, and decreases in the incidence of low birth weight babies. An important social statistic also indicates that children born to individuals who are prepared for them, are less likely to be abused and/or neglected. The program promotes responsible and healthy lifestyles by providing accurate information, education, counseling, and medical services to people regarding their reproductive health and family planning options. Program services also help prevent:

  • The spread of sexually transmitted infections by providing screening.
  • Unintended pregnancy by providing access to a range of safe and reliable contraceptive methods, and education regarding the correct use of those methods.
  • Disease by screening for breast and cervical cancers.

What has the project achieved?

The Reproductive Health/Family Planning Program continues to increase access to health care for individuals who might otherwise not be served. In 2011, the program provided a comprehensive initial or annual visit to 5,181 women. The program also administered 15,992 pregnancy tests and provided 5,854 referrals for further identified needs.

Funding:

The Reproductive Health/Family Planning Project is supported entirely by federal funds from Title V, the Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant. Title V Reproductive Health/Family Planning Services are available at the following county health departments:

Additional family planning services are supported by Title X funds and are administered by the Arizona Family Health Partnership.