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Mi Plan: Using a Pediatric-Based Community Health Worker Model to Facilitate Obtainment of Contraceptives Among Latino Immigrant Parents with Contraceptive Needs

Published:August 07, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcjq.2022.08.004

      Background

      Bilingual community health workers (CHWs) play an important role in helping Latino immigrants with limited English proficiency (LEP) access health care services and information. Contraceptive health care services and Spanish-language contraceptive information are particularly challenging to access for uninsured LEP immigrants. Contraceptive and reproductive care are longitudinal health needs, and pediatric settings pose a unique opportunity to address these needs among parents whose children access pediatric care. The purpose of this study was to pilot the feasibility of a CHW to support parental contraceptives needs within a pediatric setting serving a high number of Latino immigrant families. This article describes Mi Plan/My Plan, a CHW contraceptive counseling and resource navigation pilot program.

      Methods

      The research team conducted a retrospective analysis of demographic and contraceptive use data from a 15-month CHW pilot within an urban, primary care pediatrics clinic. The CHW provided contraceptive counseling, referral, and appointment coordination. The outcome was desired contraceptive method obtainment within three months of counseling.

      Results

      All 311 individuals counseled were Latina mothers with median child age of 3 months. At baseline, 64.3% were using contraception and 76.5% desired to start or change their current method. Among those who desired a change, 47.9% (114/238) obtained their desired method within three months of initial counselor contact.

      Conclusion

      Bilingual CHW contraceptive counseling and care coordination is feasible and acceptable in a pediatric setting serving a high number of Latino immigrant families. CHWs in pediatric settings support health care access equity and are relevant to optimal maternal and child health.
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