A new initiative increases access to quality contraceptive care

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Forland, MO – Currently, more than half of all pregnancies to women in Missouri are unintended. 

“It’s very difficult, we see a lot of young ladies that come in that were not ready for that pregnancy,” said R.N.. and Chief Nursing Officer for the Forland Medical Clinic.  

Cass said providing information and access to quality contraceptive methods is critical.  

“It can definitely delay their plans that they have for their life,” said Fordland. 

The Right Time Initiative, led by the Missouri Family Health Council, works to remove barriers to contraceptive services for all women. 

“Being able to choose and be empowered to have that ability to choose when you want to start your family is very big for all women and for men too,” said Cass. 

Fordland Medical Clinic is one of seven health centers participating in the initiative this year. 

“They can figure out what type of contraceptive they want to use and then actually start the process that day,” said Cass. 

Executive Director for the Missouri Family Health Council, Michelle Trupiano said this initiative is community-based.

“There is funding and support for health centers to provide the education and outreach that is needed in their community,” said Trumpiano. “So what works in one community may look very different from another community.” 

The Right Time is a six-year initiative. 

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