Using Data to Advance Sexual and Reproductive Health Initiatives

The Opportunity

The U.S. continues to face challenges in improving sexual and reproductive health outcomes, particularly in communities of color and low-income areas disproportionately impacted by unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV. More than half of all U.S. pregnancies are unintended (Guttmacher Institute), and the rate of pregnancy-related deaths has increased steadily over the last two decades (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Despite progress, high rates of HIV and STIs persist.

Our Strategy

Recognizing the need for systems change, Cardea works with state, local, territorial, and tribal health departments; health care organizations; and community-based service providers to increase their capacity to collect, manage, analyze, and use data to inform sexual and reproductive health initiatives. Through development and implementation of practical data collection tools and data management systems, training and technical assistance, and accessible data analysis, we support agencies, organizations, and providers in understanding what works and how they might innovate to expand their reach and impact. We work closely with our partners to share successes through academic journals, conferences and meetings, and webinars to contribute to the knowledge base and influence program and policy decisions at the national, regional, state, and local levels.

The Impact

Our long-term collaborations with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Population Affairs, health departments, and other providers have guided program and policy initiatives to improve the quality of sexual and reproductive health care. Through these collaborations, our partners have improved and expanded services and broadened their impact in communities. In addition, our long-standing commitment to facilitating integration of family planning, HIV, and STD services is aligned with new standards for sexual and reproductive health care in the U.S. and has contributed to the development of federal recommendations on quality family planning.

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