Launching the Right Time Initiative: A Baseline Evaluation and Learning Report for a Comprehensive and Equity-Focused Reproductive Health Strategy in Missouri

Publisher: Cambridge, MA: Mathematica
Jul 14, 2020
So O'Neil and Emily Hoe

Key Findings:

  • TRT is notable for its multidimensional approach and emphasis on achieving health equity, specifically achieving equitable access and outcomes for all women, regardless of income, race or ethnicity, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, and age.
  • Participating clinics have seen a slight increase in contraceptive use among their patients; the number of women using contraception increased by 3 percent between visit intake and exit and more than 20 percent of women switched from less-effective nonhormonal methods to more-effective hormonal methods.
  • Media outreach included a standalone website, social media platforms, paid media, and earned media; in-reach client referrals ranged from posters for clinics to palm cards for patients.
  • TRT staff and community partners held meetings and organized community events to advance the advocacy agenda, engaged with coalitions and work groups to promote relevant administrative and regulatory policies, and worked with policymakers to strengthen and coordinate policy efforts related to reproductive health.

Missouri Foundation for Health launched The Right Time (TRT) in 2019 to increase contraceptive access and use by improving clinical supply, community awareness, and environmental supports so Missouri women and families are empowered in their own health care decisions. This report documents the launch of TRT in early 2019 and presents baseline information and learning from implementing TRT that year. These findings will support course corrections, inform decision making, and maximize overall learning from TRT.

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