The Family Planning Program works to make health education resources and materials available to providers and the public.
- Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse
An online catalog of MDPH produced materials available at no cost. Includes MDPH Family Planning Program produced birth control brochures, campaigns and fact sheets (in English and six other languages), and the Maria Talks! 'Where Can I get Plan B®?' Flow Chart (in English and Spanish).
Statewide Sexual Health Website (for youth and young adults)
The MariaTalks website, operated by AIDS Action Committee, provides medically accurate, developmentally appropriate sexual health information for youth and young adults. The website content and design was focus tested by both providers, youth, and young adults. It provides local referrals by zip code to family planning, youth development, rape crisis and other important programs via a zip code lookup function, and links to the confidential statewide sexual health hotline, 1-877-MA-SEX-ED. The ‘For Providers’ section also lists helpful educational materials, resources and links for providers, including an order form for free promotional materials.
Bedsider is a free online birth control support network for young women ages 18-29. Operated by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, you can use Bedsider to explore and compare the birth control options that may work best for you. Bedsider not only contains information on where to find a doctor, health center, over the counter prescription, or emergency contraception, it can also be used to send birth control and appointment reminders.
Stayteen.org is a website operated by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy that provides evidence-based information and resources. Stayteen encourages youth to enjoy their teen years and become prepared to make informed relationship decisions in the future. Many of the games, polls, blogs, and videos are created by youth themselves.
- My Little Black Book for Sexual Health
My Little Black Book for Sexual Health is a guide for young adults seeking information on health insurance and birth control. It was designed to help young adults navigate their health insurance options and answers questions about their various health plan options, why prescription coverage matters, and how birth control fits in. Available in English and Spanish, it includes chapters on health insurance 101, key terms, FAQs and a list of resources local to Massachusetts, all of which are also available in PDF format for print distribution. My Little Black Book for Sexual Health was created because young adults ages 18-26 are the group most likely to be uninsured and face high rates of unintended pregnancy. This crucial content on preventing pregnancy and securing health insurance access for young adults was designed to be incorporated into existing websites and other clinical and educational interventions. You can order free postcards to advertise the site and view a promotional guide at: http://massclearinghouse.ehs.state.ma.us/category/fampl.html
- Region I Title X Family Planning Training Center Resources
A central online location to help reproductive healthcare providers and organizations quickly and easily find resources to help them continuously improve their client services. Resources include archived webinars, training guides and health education materials in English and other languages.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Publications
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is an online source for credible health information. You can use this link to access featured journals, publications by topic, and the MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report).
- Futures Without Violence
Futures Without Violence provides low and no cost culturally competent evidence-based resources promoting the safety and wellbeing of all through diverse education, advocacy, and leadership campaigns.
- Hesperian Publications and Bookstore
Simply written and heavily illustrated, Hesperian books are designed in close collaboration with health workers, grassroots groups, and community organizations around the world, so that people with little formal education can understand, apply and share health information that is appropriate across different conditions and cultures. See especially A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities and Where Women Have No Doctor for culturally-competent, low-literacy family planning information.
Healthy Relationships, Sexuality and Disability Resource Guide
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Learning how to access medically accurate, developmentally appropriate health information and resources about sexual health, development and safety is an important developmental task for all youth, and a skill that is needed throughout adulthood. This preventative resource guide was created to share a variety of resources to assist people living with disabilities and those who care about them in accessing the information and guidance they may need to support a broad spectrum of developmentally appropriate tasks related to the reduction of health risks and promotion of healthy relationships and sexuality. Topics from puberty and sexual identity to pregnancy and disease prevention and sexual assault are covered, in resources that include books, curricula, videos, guides and decision-making aids, such “Deciding on Birth Control: A Guide for Women with Epilepsy.”
- The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth Support Project Tools and Materials (GLYS)
The GLBT Youth Support Project has developed a number of free tools and materials, including posters, cue cards, assessment tools, legal protections and policy statements to help create safety and support for GLBT youth and their families in agencies, schools and communities.
- Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health Resources
Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health (PRCH)'s resources provide physicians and other healthcare providers with the tools they need to promote comprehensive reproductive healthcare. PRCH printed resources and CD-ROMs are free and include many useful tools for providers such as Emergency Contraception: A Practitioner's Guide and Minors’ Access to Confidential Reproductive Healthcare in Massachusetts.
- PATH Publications
PATH is an international nonprofit organization that provides low-literacy culturally competent reproductive health information on topics such as: adolescent health, breast cancer, cervical cancer prevention, HPV vaccination, family planning, emergency contraception, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections. PATH is also a great resource for information about emergency contraception (EC) in over 14 languages (see 'Emergency Contraception: It's Not Too Late to Prevent Pregnancy').