In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, I am grateful for the ways our partners have and will continue to serve and protect our communities amidst the challenges posed by the pandemic.
Delaware CAN’s work to provide equitable access to contraceptive care is more important than ever. According to a recent Guttmacher survey, over 40% of women have changed their plans about having children in the coming year due to COVID-19, including roughly one-third who want to delay childbearing or have fewer children.
This survey data affirms what we already know: healthcare providers should routinely ask about pregnancy intention in primary care so that patients can achieve their own goals about if and when to have a child.
New Upstream eLearning course: Addressing Bias and Coercion in Reproductive Healthcare
We’ve expanded the eLearning course options available to our partners on our online partner portal to include a new and very timely course focused on Addressing Bias and Coercion in Reproductive Healthcare.
The course may be completed online in 45 minutes to 1 hour. After taking the course, learners will:
- Have a better understanding of patient-centered contraceptive counseling, including the role of shared decision-making in contraceptive care.
- Gain an understanding of the history of reproductive coercion in the U.S. and how that impacts your work.
- Learn tips for recognizing and addressing your own biases, and potential bias in others.
- Accredited by the Center for Education Development*
*Qualifying participants are eligible for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, or 1.0 ANCC credit hours for the completion of this e-Learning course
In the news
Dr. Kara Odom Walker, Outgoing Secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, recently wrote about how our partners have transformed health care in our state. She said:
During a pandemic, it is clear to me as a family physician that we cannot afford to put off essential health care. In an age of uncertainty for reproductive health care, Delaware’s common-sense solution has made birth control access a reality for tens of thousands of women. We encourage other states and communities to do the same.”
Other items of note:
- In June, The American Journal of Public Health published a peer-reviewed article written by the University of Maryland showing that Delaware CAN had statistically significant, causal impact in Delaware.
- The Delaware Division of Public Health continues to lead Delaware CAN supported by FY 21 state funding.
Thank you for everything you do, now and into the future.