New Resources in Massachusetts: Contraceptive Care During COVID-19

As health care workers continue to navigate this public health emergency, Upstream will continue to provide resources and support for our partners across the Commonwealth.

Ensuring access to contraceptive care during this time requires that providers are well informed on practice change and that all of us are aware of how COVID-19 is exacerbating health disparities across our communities. Below you will find resources in each of these areas.

Please note — we’ve included the Upstream resources as Google Doc links to ensure they are updated as new information becomes available. If you have difficulty accessing them, please let us know.

Resources for Patients and Providers:

DEPO-subQ Use and Coverage

To ensure patients have access to the widest range of contraceptive options possible during the COVID-19 emergency, providers should consider adding Depo-subQ to the method mix when counseling patients on their contraceptive options. Upstream and Partners in Contraceptive Care and Knowledge (PICCK) have worked together to create two new resources on DEPO-subQ use and insurance coverage:

Health Safety Net: COVID-19 Telehealth Guidelines & Contraceptive Services

We have updated our FAQ on COVID-19 Telehealth Guidelines and Contraceptive Services to include new information on Health Safety Net.

Health Equity in the time of COVID-19:

Hosted by the Boston Chamber of Commerce, this discussion examined the impact of existing health disparities on communities of color, and highlighted the many ways that COVID-19 is exacerbating structural and historical inequalities.
The webinar features Upstream USA Board Member, Dr. Thea James, Vice President of Mission and Associate Chief Medical Officer at Boston Medical Center, as well as Stan McLaren, President & CEO of Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center, a valued partner of Upstream Massachusetts.

Additional Resources:

We remain eager to be a supportive partner in this time of need, and will continue to share resources to help our partners navigate changes to their work and to patient care.

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