Approach

Approach

Upstream eliminates barriers at health centers that prevent a woman from obtaining the birth control method of her choice, improving outcomes for parents, children, and society.

“I had absolutely no idea of how involved Upstream would become in the inner workings of our health center, how connected they would become to our staff and providers and to the mission of the center, and how they would keep such a high energy level for the goals all the way through.” 

— Dr. Tracy Kedian, Associate Medical Director for Perinatal Services, Family Health Center of Worcester

How we do our work:
Only one-third of clinics providing publicly funded family planning offer the full range of contraceptive methods. Our work equips healthcare providers of all types to implement same-day contraceptive access by providing billing, coding, counseling, workflow, and stocking support.
We train all providers to discuss a patient’s contraceptive needs at each visit, regardless of the reason they came in for care. Asking women if they intend to become pregnant in the next year ensures that those who do not are counseled on contraception, and those who do receive information on prenatal care.
We work statewide with public health centers, private practices, and hospital systems. Working across the existing health care landscape enables our approach to be a sustainable, one-time intervention.
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Upstream USA’s innovative training and technical assistance are improving patient care across the nation.
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