Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
The NIHCM Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of America's health care system.
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Events

August 29, 2019
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This webinar explored how high-quality early childhood education (ECE) has an enormous positive impact on lifelong health, serving as a protective factor against adult disease and disability.

August 28, 2019
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During this webinar, experts shared their thoughts on what health care policy activity might be expected before the end of 2019.

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September 2019
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Access to Low-Cost LARCs Reduces Teen Births

Why This Study Is Important

With failure rates of less than one percent, long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) are extremely effective at preventing unintended pregnancies, but they are not widely used due to financial and informational barriers. Since 2009, the Colorado Family Planning Initiative (CFPI) has been providing significant resources to expand the provision of LARCs to low-income clients served in the state’s Title X clinics. A prior evaluation established that this program reduced birth rates to teens living in counties with Title X clinics. This new study incorporates more recent and more detailed data to examine variation in impacts by distance to the clinic, age, race and ethnicity, and increased awareness of the program after extensive media coverage.

What This Study Found

  • Following introduction of the CFPI, use of LARCs increased much more quickly for Colorado women visiting Title X clinics than for Title X clients in other states.
  • Distance matters. Over the life of the program, birth rates declined by 18 to 20 percent for Colorado teens aged 15 to 19 living within seven miles of a clinic.
  • Averaging across all years of the program, there was no detectable impact on birth rates for women in their twenties or for women living farther from the clinics.
  • Information also matters. After extensive media coverage of the program began in 2014, the proportion of clinic clients having a LARC inserted jumped and program effects were heightened. With more program awareness, birth rates declined for high-school aged teens residing up to 12 miles from a clinic and for women in their twenties.
  • Larger program effects were found for all Hispanic women aged 15 to 29, and for black teens aged 15 to 17.

What These Findings Mean

Providing free or low-cost access to LARCs through Title X clinics can significantly reduce unintended pregnancies for young women who live near these clinics. Estimates from this analysis suggest there were nearly 6,800 fewer births to women aged 15 to 29 over the life of the program, with the largest impacts seen for teens. Avoiding unintended pregnancies at that early stage of life would likely have significant positive impacts for these women in terms of future educational and economic achievement. Convenient geographic access to these clinics is an important factor in increasing LARC uptake and lowering birth rates. Educational campaigns and other efforts to improve knowledge about LARCs may also help to extend program reach.

More About This Study

The principal analyses in this study used state administrative data on the contraception choices of individual women using Title X clinics, the total number of LARC insertions in clinics, and records of all births in Colorado for periods preceding the start of the CFPI through 2016. All births were assigned to the year of conception, and the population centroid of the zip code of the mother’s residence was used to compute her travel distance to the nearest clinic operating in that year. Difference-in-difference models were used to compare changes in birth rates for women living in treatment-group zip codes closest to Title X clinics to changes for women in more distant control zip codes. Repeated estimation of these models using a rolling five-mile distance window (0-5, 1-6, etc., up to 15-20 miles) relative to a constant control group of zip codes more than 20 miles from a clinic revealed that seven miles was generally the outer limit for observing a program impact. This seven-mile delineation was used as the preferred specification for identifying treatment vs. control zip codes. Models included year and zip code fixed effects and controls for time-varying economic and demographic characteristics.

Full Citation

Kelly AM, Lindo JM and Packham A. “The Power of the IUD: Effects of Expanding Access to Contraception Through Title X Clinics.” NBER Working Paper No. 25656, March 2019.

For more information about this study, contact Dr. Jason Lindo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
For more information about the NIHCM Foundation Investigator-Initiated Research Grant Program, contact Dr. Julie Schoenman at 202-296-4426.

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This Research Insights summarizes findings that access to low-cost long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) through the Colorado Family Planning Initiative reduced teen births.

Events

August 29, 2019
Early-Childhood-Webinar-Graphic

This webinar explored how high-quality early childhood education (ECE) has an enormous positive impact on lifelong health, serving as a protective factor against adult disease and disability.

August 28, 2019
Allliance-Webinar-Aug2019

During this webinar, experts shared their thoughts on what health care policy activity might be expected before the end of 2019.

In the News

September 2019
Population Health Spotlight
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Grants

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We are no longer accepting letters of inquiry for the 2019-2020 round of grantmaking. NIHCM will notify grant winners in November 2019.

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Investigator-Initiated Research Grant Program

We are no longer accepting letters of inquiry for the 2019-2020 round of grantmaking. A small number of applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal in September.

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Awards

Winners Named in the 25th Annual Research and Journalism Awards

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Congratulations to all of the winners of the 25th Annual NIHCM Foundation Research and Journalism Awards! The winners and finalists were honored at a banquet in Washington, DC, in May.

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