Toolkit for Improving Family Planning Services in School Settings

Access to high-quality and comprehensive family planning services helps promote adolescent sexual and reproductive health. However, youth—especially those who are historically excluded or who live in resource-limited areas—face challenges in accessing services, including lack of awareness about those services, fears about confidentiality, or lack of adolescent-friendly or culturally sensitive practices in clinics. One promising approach to meeting youth’s needs is to provide family planning services in school-based settings, where youth spend most of their time.  

This toolkit has two sections to support family planning providers and administrators in designing and delivering high-quality family planning care and programming to youth in school-based settings: 

Foundational Approaches for Providing Family Planning to Adolescents:

Describes four approaches that are integral to providing effective family planning care to youth. Each foundational approach includes real-life examples based on interviews with providers, along with useful resources to help readers integrate these approaches into their own work. 

Case Studies on Innovative Family Planning Service Delivery Strategies:

Explores four programs and clinics across the United States that are using innovative approaches to improve family planning service delivery in school-based settings. Each case study describes a program in-depth and includes recommendations and resources for readers interested in implementing a similar approach(es) in their own setting.

Case Studies

Health Resource Center Coordinators Support Care Through Relationship Building, Health Education, and Warm Referrals

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Developing a School-Based Health Educator Program to Connect Students to School-Based Sexual Health Services

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Leveraging Community Partnerships to Provide Sexual Health Education and Connect Students to Family Planning Services

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Increasing Access to Adolescent-Friendly LARC Services in School-Based Health Centers

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Research behind the toolkit

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