Are you looking for information on local family planning services?
Websites listed below identify locations of facilities, physicians, or programs that provide family planning services. There are also two websites dedicated to provision of emergency contraception.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
www.acog.org Click on Find an Ob-Gyn
ACOG provides their Physician Directory to assist women who want to locate an obstetrician-gynecologist in their area. The database can be searched by physician name, state, or zip code. Users have to accept the conditions for use.
The Emergency Contraception Website
Princeton University ’s Office of Population Research and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals operate this website that maintains a directory of U.S. providers who are willing to provide information about and prescribe emergency contraceptives. Search by zipcode, area code, or city and state.
This is a medical internet site that provides prescriptions for emergency contraceptive pills. Licensed obstetrician-gynecologists take a medical history to determine eligibility, and phone prescriptions to a local pharmacy.
Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant to States
The federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) administers numerous federal programs that target women and children. These include the MCH Block Grant (Title V), which supports the development of state service delivery systems for MCH. Family planning services are among the services provided, either directly or through referral, by many states. Organization of services varies by state. This site describes the MCHB programs, and includes a list of state MCH program directors. The MCH Contacts can be a resource for identifying the range of available family planning services for low income or uninsured women.
To access the list of MCH contacts, first select “Programs” from the menu options, and then select “State Directors of Maternal and Child Health” under the “Title V Block Grant to States” header. The MCH contacts (with addresses, telephone and fax numbers) are listed in the left-hand column by state.
Office of Population Affairs (OPA)/Office of Family Planning (OFP)
“OFP Home” on menu option describes Title X programs (family planning services with priority for low-income women). “Grantees – Service Grantees” on the menu option lists contacts for Title X Family Planning Service Grantees in states (grouped by the ten federal regions). The grantees are state health departments, Planned Parenthood, and other organizations. The contacts should be able to identify location of nearest services.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.
www.plannedparenthood.org Click on Health Services
This site provides information for consumers and providers about Planned Parenthood nationwide health services (which family planning and related services are offered in the health centers, how to make an appointment, and costs of services) for providers and consumers. There is emphasis on providing services at the lowest possible cost. The toll-free number for medical questions and making an appointment with the nearest Planned Parenthood health center is: 1-800-230-7526.
Another site within the Health Services site depicts a map that one can click on to find local health centers and services. By selecting a particular service desired (e.g., counseling-birth control, cryosurgery, etc.), the site directs the user to the local centers offering such services. Information on each site includes: address, phone number, and hours of operation. The toll-free number listed above is identified as well.
Primary Care Health Centers
The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Bureau of Primary Health Care supports numerous health centers and clinics in the U.S. that provide primary care to the underserved population. Services vary by clinic. This website displays contact information for service delivery sites by geographic area and type of service (e.g., obstetrical and gynecological care). It could be used by both providers and consumers. The site informs the user to contact the clinic to make certain the service they want is available.
State Health Department Services
State health departments, sometimes in conjunction with local health departments, may offer family planning services not identified through the Title X or Planned Parenthood sites. There is no universal way to access websites for states and their health services. One mechanism is to find the state’s home page using Google (“State of XX ”). Most States have a link to Health, although a number of terms are used on the sites. Using the site map may be another way to find the information on family planning. The type of information available is varied; some health departments list the family planning clinics and their locations.
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