A Review of the HHS Family Planning Program: Mission, Management, and Measurement of Results – US – August 2009

Posted on August 11, 2009. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , , , |

A Review of the HHS Family Planning Program: Mission, Management, and Measurement of Results
Adrienne Stith Butler and Ellen Wright Clayton, Editors; Committee on a Comprehensive Review of the HHS Office of Family Planning Title X Program; Institute of Medicine
ISBN-10: 0-309-13117-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-309-13117-9

“A Review of the HHS Family Planning Program provides a broad evaluation of the Title X family planning program since its establishment in 1970. The program successfully provides family planning services to its target audience of low-income individuals, but there is room for improvement. While the program’s core goals are apparent, a secondary set of changing priorities has emerged without a clear, evidence-based strategic process. Also, funding for the program has increased in actual dollars, but has not kept pace with inflation or increased costs. Several aspects of the program’s structure could be improved to increase the ability of Title X to meet the needs of its target population. At the same time, the extent to which the program meets those needs cannot be assessed without a greater capacity for long-term data collection.

A Review of the HHS Family Planning Program recommends several specific steps to enhance the management and improve the quality of the program, as well as to demonstrate its direct contribution to important end results, such as reducing rates of unintended pregnancy, cervical cancer, and infertility. The book will guide the Office of Family Planning toward improving the effectiveness of the program. Other parties who will find the research and recommendations valuable include programs receiving Title X funding from the Office of Family Planning, policy makers, researchers, and professional organizations.”

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