Last month’s Bridgespan report featuring Upstream USA on philanthropic investments to reduce unintended pregnancy is highlighted in a Fast Co Exist article series on the future of philanthropy:
Bridgespan calculates that a multi-state “Colorado effect”—that is, the marginal improvement on national figures Colorado has achieved—would produce economic returns of between $3.2 billion and $6.4 billion in total increased earnings for individuals and families.
Delaware is one state trying to emulate Colorado, and philanthropy is the catalyst. Upstream USA, a nonprofit that trains health centers in contraception, has raised $10 million in private funding to train providers to prescribe LARC devices to women, even when those women don’t have insurance. Delaware has one of the highest rates of unintended pregnancies in the nation.
“Health centers aren’t aligned so they can make these really effective methods available to young women, even when women want these methods,” says Mark Edwards, co-founder of Upstream USA. “Too often they are told it will take three or four visits to access them. We need systems that make them available in a single visit.”
Read the complete article: Spending $1 Billion On Reducing Unintended Pregnancy Would Deliver $6 Billion To The Economy.