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Family Planning

The program provides family planning and related preventive health education and services to all who want and need them. Priority is given to low-income persons. The program provides educational, medical and social services necessary to help individuals determine the number and spacing of children.


What This Rating Means

Moderately Effective

In general, a program rated Moderately Effective has set ambitious goals and is well-managed. Moderately Effective programs likely need to improve their efficiency or address other problems in the programs' design or management in order to achieve better results.
  • The program's overall purpose, design and management are strong. The program collects annual data that supports the provision of preventive health services and provides reliable and regularly updated information. For example, the data show the program has helped prevent over 1.3 million unintended pregnancies and maintained the cost per client 6% below the medical inflation rate.
  • Women who utilize Title X (Family Planning program) services as their primary source of health care have significantly greater odds of receiving contraceptive services and/or care for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) than women who utilize private physicians or HMOs.
  • The Family Planning program has not yet developed performance goals for some key program activities. Measuring the reduction of infertility cases among women who receive regular screenings for chlamydia is crucial to determining the program's long-term impact on the health and well being of women served by this program.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Developing performance goals for key program activities.
  • Planning for an independent evaluation of sufficient quality and scope, conducted at the Federal level, that will demonstrate the overall impact of the program.

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