Following the Evidence to Reduce Unplanned Pregnancy and Improve the Lives of Children and Families

Following the Evidence to Reduce Unplanned Pregnancy and Improve the Lives of Children and Families

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Policy and scientific journal highlights Upstream

The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science published a paper which highlights the evidence supporting the strategy of reducing unplanned pregnancy by increasing access to contraception. This strategy is the central tenant of the Upstream model and, consequently, our efforts were cited in the paper.

In other words, the results from Colorado and other states are very encouraging, but can we expect similar results throughout the country? The body of evidence from a variety of places would suggest so, but that is why it is so important to keep learning and evaluating to build knowledge. For example, inspired by the emerging evidence, Delaware launched the Contraceptive Access Network initiative to increase access for all women to the full range of contraceptive methods, including IUDs and implants. An evaluation is underway to measure progress on goals, including reducing the unintended pregnancy rate, improving birth outcomes, and increasing contraception use, as well as promoting same-day access to birth control at low or no cost and saving Medicaid expenditures

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