Rhode Island

Upstream Rhode Island is a multi-year initiative launched by Upstream USA to ensure all patients have access to the full range of birth control methods in a single visit by providing training and technical assistance to health centers.

Our approach empowers patients to decide when and if they want to become pregnant

We work with health care providers of all types, including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), hospital systems, and other providers to reduce barriers preventing patients from accessing the same-day birth control method of their choice.


Helping patients achieve their own goals of becoming pregnant only if and when they want to is one of the most important things we can do. I am inspired to prioritize this partnership with Upstream because of the difference it will make for women, children and families.”

Gina Raimondo Former Governor of Rhode Island

of all pregnancies in Rhode Island are wanted later or unwanted.

Rhode Island harbor

Impact Goals

In 2 years of training, starting in 2020, we strive to make a significant impact on the state of contraceptive care in Rhode Island for all patients, regardless of where they get their healthcare.  

2 years

Length of Upstream’s engagement to provide training and technical assistance to health centers across Rhode Island, starting in 2020.

10+ participating agencies

Agency partnerships across the multi-year project, including FQHCs and hospital systems with maternity centers and their associated primary care sites.

63,000+ patients reached

Women of reproductive age served by fully trained health centers when project is complete.

In Rhode Island, at least 40% of all pregnancies are wanted later or unwanted

In 2013, 250 Rhode Island women aged 13–44 were in need of publicly funded family planning services.

Source: Guttmacher Institute

Are you a Rhode Island provider?

Upstream provides comprehensive contraception training, technical assistance, and coaching at no charge to healthcare providers and systems.

Partnering with Upstream

Want to work in Rhode Island?

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