PICCK Community Advisory Board Application
Thank you for your interest in joining the Partners in Contraceptive Choice and Knowledge (PICCK) Community Advisory Board. Provided is a description of the program.
PICCK Program Description
What Is the Partners In Contraceptive Choice and Knowledge (PICCK) Program?

PICCK is an innovative clinical and public health program designed to promote contraceptive choice and effective contraceptive counseling across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Done in partnership with the state’s maternity hospitals, the program provides education, training, and technical assistance to expand and sustain the capacity of hospitals statewide to provide contraceptive access. The program is based on the belief that:

Every person has a right to comprehensive family planning services, including deciding when and if to parent, a right to complete and accurate information about all contraceptive methods, and access to high-quality maternity and birth services that honor individual, religious, and cultural preferences.

PICCK is funded through a five-year grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is housed at the Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine. The grant period is 2018-2023.


Why Is PICCK Important?

PICCK seeks to help achieve equity in contraception access and pregnancy outcomes in Massachusetts through: 1) a reduction in the approximately 50,000 annual unplanned pregnancies in Massachusetts, 2) improvement in the outcomes for both mothers and infants by reducing the increased risks associated with unplanned pregnancies, and 3) improved quality of care tailored to the needs of vulnerable Massachusetts residents. Additionally, the PICCK data collected will be shared throughout the Commonwealth and the country to inform continued efforts to improve health equity for all women and infants.


What Services Does PICCK Provide?

The PICCK program provides: 1) education, training and technical assistance (TA) for clinicians; 2) practice support for issues related to workflow and billing; and 3) materials to support patient outreach and education. Topics include:
- pregnancy intention assessment
- shared decision-making approaches to contraceptive counseling
- social determinants of health and their role in contraceptive care
- immediate post-partum LARC (long-acting reversible contraception)
- same-day LARC provision
- improved access to the copper IUD and ulipristal acetate for emergency contraception
- sustainability planning

The training and TA provided may include: grand rounds, on-site demonstrations, webinars, web-based resources, annual CME conferences, and email and telephone consultations. The PICCK team will work with each interested hospital to design a specific intervention that meets the hospital’s needs.


Who May Participate in the PICCK Program?

All maternity hospitals in Massachusetts are welcome to participate in the program. This includes hospital services such as Labor and Delivery and post-partum units; ambulatory practices in OB/GYN, primary care and adolescent medicine located within the hospitals; and practices in the hospitals’ licensed and affiliated community health centers.


Who Can I Contact to Learn More About the Program?

For further information, please contact:

Katharine White, MD, MPH, Principal Investigator, at 617-414-3745 or Katharine.White@bmc.org

Natasha Lerner, MPA, Program Director, at 617-414-5176, or Natasha.Lerner@bmc.org

Kristina Tavilla, MPH, Program Manager, at 617-414-5176 or Kristina.Tavilla@bmc.org
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