Transforming Adolescent Reproductive Healthcare

The Transforming Adolescent Reproductive Healthcare QI Collaborative – or LARC project – is a clinic-specific Quality Improvement project by the Ohio AAP to build pediatricians’ knowledge, comfort, and skills in meeting the essential reproductive health needs of teens. It incorporates clinic-wide support to create a youth-friendly culture while enhancing pediatricians’ contraception counseling skills. Most uniquely, the Ohio AAP helps facilitate and support integration of long-acting reversible contraceptive options (LARCs) – like the Nexplanon implant – into the pediatric medical home. By removing access barriers and providing these essential reproductive services where teens get their care, pediatricians can play a powerful role in breaking the cycle of poverty that often occurs with unplanned teen pregnancies and help adolescents build the skills to take ownership of their reproductive health needs.