Improving Community Outcomes for Maternal and Child Health: An Evaluation of the Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Intervention

Olivia E. Horton
2020
Objectives. Preterm birth (PTB) and low birth weight (LBW) are adverse birth outcomes of critical public health concern. This paper seeks to evaluate a Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) intervention as part of Improving Community Outcomes for Maternal and Child Health (ICO4MCH). Methods. Aim one used birth certificate data to determine if the intervention contributed to decreased PTB and LBW. Aim two used county-level contraceptive data to determine if the intervention was associated
more » ... ion was associated with an increase in LARC methods. Results. Babies born in ICO4MCH counties had decreased odds of PTB but not LBW post implementation. Health departments in most but not all ICO4MCH counties had increased uptake of LARC methods post intervention. Conclusions. Findings from this evaluation lend support to LARC to reduce PTB.
doi:10.17615/pyyn-6q76 fatcat:m27dkfvbgraofjeilscwimjfae