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September 2019 Vol. 6 No. 4

In This Issue - Special Edition

Early Bird Registration is Ending Soon!

by Amy Brase, MSN, RN, CNE

The annual Oregon AWHONN Fall Conference, Grow Your PracticeRooted in Excellence blooms September 29 through October 1, 2019 at the Oregon Garden Resort in Silverton Oregon. From fetal monitoring to vaccinations, preterm birth to teamwork — you won’t be disappointed in the burgeoning range of timely topics raised to improve your practice. Preconference focuses on the tending of a most valuable resource — YOU. There will even be seeds of time for propagating newly learned self-care tips and ideas.

Expert nurses, physicians, and other clinicians will plant the latest evidence-based interventions and research than you can use to root your practice in excellence. Keynote speakers include the ever entertaining and informative Lisa Miller, and AWHONN president elect Rebecca Cypher. Harvest new information for NICU and Maternal Health, including statewide efforts and initiatives for improved care. Glean information from several experts including a Neonatologist, a Medical Ethicist, the Director of the Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership, a Perinatologist and CNMs and OB/Gyns. The speakers are sure to yield a bumper crop of new information.

There is also time at the conference to grow your fun! Cultivate relationships with your colleagues and learn about new products from vendors at the Sunday night networking. Sprout your talent with Karaoke on Monday night—we have crops of entertainers in this group. The beautiful grounds of the Oregon Garden are available to explore, the Woodburn outlet mall is nearby for shopping, and Silver Falls is just a short drive for some great hiking. There are so many benefits to reap from this conference.

Don’t forget to bring red to wear on Tuesday to support/fertilize the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. We are also holding a Diaper Drive to nurture this year’s chosen local charity — Her Place. Beautiful quilts and purses will be raffled with the proceeds benefiting Her Place. There will be opportunity to support AWHONN’s Every Woman Every Baby campaign. There will be ample opportunity produce generosity and kindness for our community.

You still have time to register for this blossoming conference at the discounted price until September 15th. Your conference committee cannot wait to see you at Oregon AWHONN’s premier event. It is time to flourish and thrive with friends, fun, and learning!

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What is Title X?

Title X is frequently in the news lately related to how much funding should occur, which programs should get the money, and what providers that receive federal monies are allowed to say to their patients about reproductive health. “AWHONN supports federal funding for the Title X family planning program which helps ensure that millions of individuals can obtain high-quality sexual and reproductive health services.”

What is Title X?

Title X is the Nation’s Program for Affordable Birth Control and Reproductive Health Care. The program is designed to provide contraceptive supplies and information to all who want and need them, with priority given to persons from low-income families.

How long have we had Title X in the United States?

Title X was established in 1970 by President Nixon.

What health care services are provided by Title X?

  • Wellness exams
  • Cervical and breast cancer screening
  • Birth control
  • Contraception education
  • Testing and treatment for STDs and HIV
  • Pregnancy diagnosis and counseling
  • Title X monies do notfund any abortion services

Who benefits from Title X?

Over four million people rely on Title X annually, mostly people with low incomes. Seventy-eight percent of Title X patients have incomes below 150% of the federal poverty level ($38,625 per year for a family of four in 2019).

What programs receive Title X funds?

The program is implemented through grants to public health departments, family planning, and other private nonprofit agencies. Title X supports services in almost four thousand service sites.

In 2016, Title X provided:

  • 720,000 pap tests
  • Four million STD and HIV tests
  • One million breast exams

How much does Title X cost and who pays?

In 2016, the Title X program received approximately $286.5 million in federal funding. AWHONN supports funding Title X at $400 million for 2019-20.

AWHONN (2019). Letters to Policymakers.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (August, 2017). Title X Family Planning Annual Report. 2016 National Summary.

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