Our Partners in District of Columbia
MedStar Health Research Institute and Community of Hope are working on implementing immediate postpartum LARC at the Family Health and Birth Center, with hopes of providing a model for other free-standing birth centers. Their multi-pronged approach includes standardizing operations, training midwives, and creating evaluation mechanisms to ensure sustainability. MedStar Health Research Institute will also develop a toolkit on this process and lessons learned to benefit midwife-led birth centers across the country.
With our support, in 2015 the Young Women’s Project drove the process of revision of the Washington, D.C. State Learning Standards for Health Education on sexual health, mental health, and violence. In partnership with young people from across Washington, D.C., the Young Women’s Project submitted a draft of health standards to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education that mandates high-quality health education, including sex education, from K-12, which will shape educational instruction in local schools.