The New Mexico Department of Health Family Planning Program promotes and provides comprehensive
family planning services, including clinic-based services and community
education and outreach, to promote health and reproductive responsibility.
These family planning services aid individuals and families in making
choices regarding the spacing and number of their children. Family planning
is an integral component of the Department of Health's efforts to reduce
teen pregnancy, prevent unintended pregnancies and STDs, reduce infant
mortality and morbidity, and improve the health of women and men of all
Provide individuals with information and means to determine the number and
spacing of their children.
Provide community education about issues related to family planning and
sexuality; with special emphasis on parent and youth serving agencies.
Delay pregnancy beyond the teen years to improve the socio-economic status
and health of both mothers and infants.
Improve responsible behavior and decision-making by providing
contraceptive or abstinence education and teaching refusal skills.
Reduce the negative impact of unintended pregnancies on individuals,
families and the community.
Reduce low birth weight, infant and maternal diseases and mortality by
reducing pregnancies in adolescents.
- Help women space their pregnancies and offer preconception information on
nutrition, smoking cessation and health risk reduction.
Title X Program Priorities - The following priorities represent the
overarching goals for the Title X program.
- Assuring continued high quality clinical family planning and
related preventative health services that will improve the overall health of individuals;
- Assuring access to a broad range of
acceptable and effective family
planning methods and related preventative health services that include
natural family planning methods, infertility services, and services for
adolescents; highly effective contraceptive methods; breast
and cervical cancer screening and prevention that corresponds with
nationally recognized standards of care; STD and HIV prevention education,
counseling, and testing; extramarital abstinence education and counseling;
and other preventative health services. The broad range of services does not
include abortion as a method of family planning;
- Encouraging participation of families,
parents, and/or other adults acting in the role of parents in the decision
of minors to seek family planning services, including activities that
promote positive family relationships;
- Improving the health of individuals and
communities by partnering with community-based organizations (CBOs),
faith-based organizations (FBOs), and other public health providers that
work with vulnerable or at-risk populations;
- Promoting individual and community health by
emphasizing clinical family planning and related preventative health
services for hard-to-reach populations, such as uninsured or under-insured
individuals, males, persons with limited English proficiency, adolescents,
and other vulnerable or at-risk populations.
Legislative Mandates - The following legislative mandates have been part
of the Title X appropriations for each of the last several years.
- "None of the funds appropriated in this Act may be made
available to any entity under Title X of the Public Health Service Act
unless the applicant for the award certifies to the Secretary that it
encourages family participation in the decision of minors to seek family
planning services and that it provides counseling to minors on how to
resist attempts to coerce minors into engaging in sexual activities;" and
- "Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no
provider of services under Title X of the Public Health Service Act shall
be exempt from any State law requiring notification or the reporting of
child abuse, child molestation, sexual abuse, rape, or incest."
Other Key Issues - In addition to the Program Priorities and Legislative
Mandates, the following Key Issues have implications for the Title X
- The increasing cost of providing family planning
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service
priorities, initiatives, and Healthy People 2010 objectives as they relate
to family planning and reproductive health. (http://www.health.gov/healthypeople);
- Departmental initiatives and legislative
mandates such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA);
Infant Adoption Awareness Program; providing adolescents with information,
skills and support to encourage delay of sexual activity; serving persons
with limited English proficiency;
- Integration of HIV/AIDS services in Family
Planning, specifically, HIV/AIDS education, counseling and testing either
on-site or by referral should be provided in all Title X funded programs.
Education regarding the prevention of HIV/AIDS should incorporate the
"ABC" message. That is, for adolescents and unmarried individuals, the
message is "A" for abstinence; for married or individuals in
committed relationships, the message is "B" for being faithful; and, for individuals
who engage in behavior that puts them at risk for HIV, the message is "C"
for condom use.
- Utilization of electronic technologies such as
e-Grants, the OPA electronic grants management system (training for
grantees will be provided as needed);
- Data collection and reporting which is
responsive to the Family Planning Annual Report (FPAR) and other information
needs for monitoring and improving family planning services;
- Service delivery improvement through utilization
of research outcomes focusing on family planning and related population
- And, utilizing practice guidelines and
recommendations developed by recognized professional organizations and
other Federal agencies in the provision of evidence-based Title X clinical
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