Health Care Delivery
The family planning network benefits from a dedicated and robust public health workforce. In recent years, the number of qualified family planning clinicians has shrunk while the demand for services grows, especially as more individuals gain access to private and public insurance through the ACA. It is crucial that publicly funded family planning providers identify innovative ways to recruit and retain clinicians committed to providing quality care in underserved communities.
NFPRHA believes that in order to ensure access to quality health care, especially for the poor and low-income individuals who make up the majority of NFPRHA members’ patients, federal and state governments must address the workforce shortage in ways that fully incorporate the nation’s family planning providers, and in particular non-MD clinicians.
NFPRHA led the fight to make family planning providers eligible to receive clinicians in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) under the ACA. The NHSC is a federal program that provides loans, scholarships, and other funding to clinicians who commit to working in medically underserved areas across the US. NFPRHA is also helping its members advocate for changes to state clinical licensing and scope-of-practice laws which have the potential to expand the type of care mid-level clinicians, such as nurse practicioners, physicians assistants, and certified nurse midwives can provide and add capacity to many family planning centers.
NFPRHA Case Studies
Family Planning Matters Newsletter
For additional resources & information, access NFPRHA fact sheets and federal comments by issue or read NFPRHA's publications and recent press statements.