Sexual and Reproductive Health Program (SRHP) Special Projects

Information about the SRHP special projects.
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Access to Emergency Contraception

The MA Department of Public Health (MDPH) is committed to helping women in need access Emergency Contraception (EC, or the “morning-after pill”). EC is a safe, effective way to prevent pregnancy up to five days after sex. A one-dose EC pill now available over-the-counter, however you still may be able to get a cheaper or more effective method of EC at an MDPH-funded Family Planning Program.

For more information or help to access EC, ask your health care provider, pharmacist, or:

Family planning and health care reform

The MDPH Sexual and Reproductive Health Program supports the success of Massachusetts health reform by helping to enroll and transition uninsured clients into publicly-funded insurance and safety net programs. The program also provides critical family planning services to clients who are unable to stay insured throughout the year due to changing work and life circumstances, or who need confidential care.

Despite the success of health care reform, tens of thousands of clients continue to need access to MDPH-funded Family Planning Programs. While overall insurance rates have dramatically improved, not all Massachusetts residents are able to access continuous or comprehensive coverage that meets their sexual and reproductive health care needs, or the high quality standard of culturally competent, confidential health services that are provided by their local MDPH-funded Family Planning Program. Fortunately, the MDPH Sexual and Reproductive Health Program and funded agencies across the state continue to provide technical assistance and training to replicate this standard of care across other service systems.

The MDPH Sexual and Reproductive Health Program continues to work with Ibis Reproductive Health and other members of the MA Women’s Health Coalition (which was co-founded by several members of the REaDY Initiative and includes local health care providers and organizations) to monitor the ongoing impact of health care reform on low-income women and young adults’ access to sexual and reproductive health services in Massachusetts.

Data and Reports

Healthy Relationships/Healthy Sexuality

Historically, multiple bureaus and programs at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health have worked to prevent the negative consequences of unhealthy relationships and sexual risk behaviors.

As a key primary prevention strategy to improve sexual health and well-being for all, the MDPH Healthy Relationships and Healthy Sexuality (HR/HS) Working Group was convened to promote and support multi-disciplinary efforts, not only to prevent negative health outcomes, but also to promote positive, healthy relationships and sexuality.

HR/HS working group mission

  • To support the integration of multi-disciplinary programming, practices and policy
  • To provide resources for understanding data trends and implementing promising practices, to support health promotion, risk reduction and disease prevention efforts
  • To promote positive sexual development across the lifespan in order to improve the health and well-being of all Massachusetts residents

Newly revised for 2014, the Healthy Relationships, Sexuality and Disability Resource Guide is now available in both color and black and white, (as well as a modifiable Microsoft Word document) to help connect people living with disabilities with valuable health information.  A promotional guide is also attached to help you share these resources via social media, program websites and communications.

Related programs

The promotion of healthy relationships, healthy sexuality, and sexual health requires a knowledge base grounded in family planning, infectious disease (including HIV/AIDS, STI, and viral hepatitis) prevention and treatment, substance use and abuse prevention and treatment, and violence prevention and intervention. Related programs at MDPH include:

Mandatory reporting and minor's access to confidential health services in Massachusetts

The following resources are provided to assist agencies in creating policies to ensure minors can access the health and social support services they need to stay healthy and free from harm.

Massachusetts State Law and Guidelines

Training resources

Policy briefs and position papers

Policy guides

Contact

  • BARCC Youth Resource Line: (617) 902-2919

    • For consultation and resources for youth survivors of sexual violence and their supporters
  • DCF Child at Risk 24-hour Hotline: 1 (800) 792-5200
    • For immediate reporting of suspected abuse or neglect and consultation about mandatory reporting process
  • Health Care for All Helpline: 1 (800) 272-4232
    • For information and support accessing confidential health insurance in Massachusetts
  • Office of the Child Advocate: (617) 979-8360
    • For resources and assistance providing quality services to children involved with state agencies in Massachusetts
  • Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts : (617) 616-1616
    • For assistance with judicial bypass process for minors seeking abortion

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