Title X grantees, in partnership with a subrecipient or service site, are invited to join the Increasing Access to Title X Services through Telehealth Peer Learning Group (PLG, or Telehealth PLG for short) from July to November 2021. Whether your Title X agency rapidly initiated or expanded telehealth for family planning services in response to COVID-19 or your agency is looking to initiate telehealth services in the future, many agencies have expressed a need to improve upon these services in an intentional manner. The PLG will address: 1) providing high-impact quality family planning services (includes during in-person as well as during telehealth visits); 2) expanding access to high-impact, quality family planning services; and 3) ensuring provision of youth-centered/adolescent-friendly services.
The PLG will support up to 10 Title X grantee/service site teams to discuss strategies, challenges, and opportunities to initiate, improve, and sustain family planning services via telehealth beyond the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The RHNTC has engaged peer and national experts to support the Title X network including Evelyn Kieltkya with Maine Family Planning, a former Title X grantee, and Danielle Louder with the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center.
By the end of the Telehealth PLG, participants will be able to:
- Identify strategies for improving the quality of family planning services provided via telehealth
- Identify strategies for providing and improving culturally humble family planning services via telehealth
- Identify strategies to address health inequities, including ensuring digital equity and providing culturally humble care
- Describe unique considerations for providing family planning services to adolescents via telehealth
- Articulate a vision for incorporating telehealth services into their Title X program(s)
The RHNTC invites teams consisting of a Title X grantee in partnership with a subrecipient or service site to participate in the PLG. To optimize the peer learning experience, the RHNTC will accept up to 10 teams. It is important to have participation from both the grantee (policy/decision-making) as well as the subrecipient or service site where family planning services are provided via telehealth and in-person.
Participants are expected to participate in all five 1.5-hour monthly sessions and commit to at least one hour every month to advance implementation at their site and in their networks.
All sessions will take place from 3:00-4:30pm ET.
- Tuesday, July 13, 2021: Review the PLG format and define culturally humble care via telehealth. This session will provide an overview of the PLG, review OPA guidance/requirements around telehealth, describe the importance of providing culturally humble care, and describe what culturally humble care via telehealth entails.
- Tuesday, August 17, 2021: This session will identify which Title X services may be delivered via telehealth, define family planning team member roles in providing telehealth services, discuss strategies to advance culturally humble care via telehealth, and discuss workflows.
- Tuesday, September 14, 2021: This session will identify historic and community-specific contexts related to access family planning services that may affect access to telehealth services, discuss how the digital divide may exacerbate health inequities and create barriers to access, and identify strategies to improve digital equity.
- Tuesday, October 12, 2021: This session will discuss opportunities to support adolescents’ in accessing family planning services via telehealth, strategies to address unique needs around privacy and/or confidentiality, and strategies to provide culturally humble care when delivering family planning services to adolescents via telehealth.
- Tuesday, November 9, 2021: This session will focus on participant’s long-term vision and strategy for telehealth as part of their family planning program, including changes to policies, systems, and/or procedures, as well as strategies to continually improve and advance culturally humble care when providing family planning services via telehealth.
Registrations are due by 11:59 PM ET on June 30, 2021. Registrations must be submitted by a Title X grantee in partnership with one representative from a subrecipient or service site. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Please review the registration questions in collaboration with the subrecipient/service site representative prior to completing the form.