Putting the QFP into Practice Series

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Resource Description: 

For many staff it can be challenging to address the range of potential health needs a client may have during a given clinic visit. With the Providing Quality Family Planning Recommendations (QFP), we now have clear and evidence-based guidance on how to: 

  • Determine a client's need for a range of services and their reproductive life plan
  • Provide counseling on contraception, pregnancy testing, achieving pregnancy and basic infertility, sexually transmitted infections, preconception health, related preventive health and referrals

This FREE series consists of six training opportunities that will help you put the QFP recommendations into practice. During the next few months, each session of the series will focus on a different aspect of the QFP recommendations. The topics include:

#1 How to Begin - Determining the Client's Need for Services (archived webinar available)

This first session of the Putting the QFP Recommendations into Practice Series was first offered on Thursday, February 19, 2015. It includes an overview of the Clinical Pathway and provides concrete examples to help begin the conversation to determine the specific need for services among women, men and young people of reproductive age. For more information and to view the archived recording, click here.

#2 Integrating Reproductive Life Planning (RLP) into Your Family Planning Session (archived webinar available)

The second session was offered on Thursday, March 19, 2015. It provides strategies to help your clients think through their reproductive life plan, including sample questions to ask during a visit and strategies to help clients create a reproductive life plan. For more information and to view the archived recording, click here.

#3 Achieving Pregnancy: Assessment, Counseling and Education (archived webinar available) 

This third session in the series includes key messages for counseling women and men to better understand their fertility and to maximize their ability to achieve a healthy pregnancy.  Tips for helping to determine the need for basic infertility, preconception and/or other health services will also be addressed. For more information and to view the archived recording click here.

#4 STD Services in the Family Planning Setting—Assessment, Counseling and Education (archived webinar available)

This fourth session of the Putting the QFP Recommendations into Practice Series outlines the steps for conducting a comprehensive sexual health assessment, along with strategies for providing quality client-centered counseling and education to help clients reduce their risk for STDs, including HIV. For more information and to view the archived recording click here.  

#5 Providing Quality Contraceptive Counseling and Education: A Toolkit for Training Staff

Providing quality contraceptive counseling is an essential component of client-centered, culturally proficient care. This toolkit is based on the QFP and contains an overview of the Prinicples for Providing Quality Counseling. It is designed for staff trainers who work in a family planning or reproductive healthcare setting and includes training activities, materials and job aids that can be used with individuals or in group settings.

#6 Pregnancy Testing and Counseling

Pregnancy testing is a common reason for a client to visit a provider of family planning services. The purpose of this eLearning course is for the participant to be better informed of expected standards for quality pregnancy testing and counseling services. This course contains key elements to include when giving clients both positive and negative test results using brief case scenarios and discussing the options available for pregnant women using a brief videotaped counseling scenario.


Who Should Attend

This series is designed for clinic managers, administrators, nurses, counselors, educators, medical assistants, and other clinic support staff. It is also relevant for clinicians interested in applying the QFP recommendations to their patient assessment, counseling and education practices.


Contact us at 510-835-3700 or OaklandEvents@cardeaservices.org


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