April 27, 2015 — Uninsured and underinsured women in Mahoning County, Ohio, will have access to long-acting reversible contraceptives via a new Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio pilot program, the Youngstown Vindicator reports.
County health officials said LARCs, such as intrauterine devices and contraceptive implants or injections, can be used to help women effectively space births to reduce rates of infant mortality, defined as death prior to one year of life. According to health officials, women should space their births by at least 18 months to reduce infant mortality rates.
According to the Vindicator, the Mahoning County Health Board approved a three-month-long contract with PPGO to create the program. PPGO under the contract also will provide educational programs about birth spacing and health behaviors to women identified at local clinics and by physicians as at-risk.
The Ohio Department of Health's Child and Family Health Services program will provide up to $25,000 in funding for the program. According to the Vindicator, LARCs on average cost $420 to $700 each. The contract will end on June 30 (Alcorn, Youngstown Vindicator, 4/23).