The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center is one of only nine health centers designated to participate in QINCA – an initiative led by the NYC Department of Health and the Young Women’s Initiative. Quality Improvement Network for Contraceptive Access (QINCA) is designed to further bridge health outcome disparities in the area of sexual and reproductive health among adolescents by improving contraceptive access and services. Site-wide members of the Addabbo staff participated in a QINCA training workshop provided by Public Health Solutions, an organization which collaborates with various community organizations to strengthen the health and wellness of New Yorkers.
Veronica Wiltshire, M.D., Addabbo’s Chief Medical Officer applied for the grant and is confident that this initiative will make a big difference. “One of our goals here at Addabbo has been to prevent teenage pregnancy and to offer family planning,” explains Dr. Wiltshire. “We want to foster an even greater trust between our providers and our adolescent patients who need to know that when they come to Addabbo, confidentiality is paramount.”
“Addabbo already offers quality assistance in the areas of birth control, and family planning, but this training focuses specifically on adolescents – a group that needs the education and counseling along with a frank and open discussion of options available to them to prevent pregnancy and STDs,” says Le-Nise Watson-Hudson, RN., Addabbo’s Director of Nursing.
This initiative also provides funding to expand contraception options.
QINCA: Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Training