Colorado’s unparalleled public health success story

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In 2008, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment received support from a private donor to launch the Colorado Family Planning Initiative, an expansion of the Family Planning Program. The program is run through clinics that receive operational support through county appropriations, client fees, insurance reimbursement and Title X, a federal grant program that supports high-quality family planning services for individuals who may otherwise lack access to care. The support provided training, operational support, and low- or no-cost long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) to low-income women statewide. Given the effort’s demonstrated ability to reduce unintended pregnancy and abortion rates, the department has continued support through the state budget.


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