PS6: Special Populations: "Expanding Access to Reproductive Health Care for Incarcerated Women within a County Jail"

Women represent the fastest growing prison population and are systematically underserved and socioeconomically disadvantaged. Additionally, this population has reduced access to and utilization of family planning services. To address this need, Title X services were expanded to the Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOC) within Cermak Health Services of Cook County (CHS). Comprehensive family planning services were provided to women pre-release, including the provision of long-acting reversible contraceptive methods. To evaluate the program, surveys were administered to assess demographics, reproductive history, past contraceptive usage, desired contraception, and future family planning goals. Contraceptive methods received pre- and post-release were documented, in addition to follow up visits at the outpatient family planning clinic at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

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Elizabeth Feldman, MD, FAAFP, CCHP
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