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New Clinic Provides Reproductive Health Services to Women Battling Addiction

COLUMBUS PUBLIC HEALTH

February 21, 2018

 

Contacts:         Kelli Newman Myers, CPH                            (614) 645-7213           knmyers@columbus.gov

Alex Meyer, CompDrug                                 (614).224.4506            ameyer@compdrug.org

Katelyn Hanzel, Nationwide Children’s           (614) 355-0495            MediaRelations@nationwidechildrens.org

 

New Women’s Health Clinic Addresses Impact of Addiction on Pregnancy Outcomes

First of Its Kind Clinic Provides Reproductive Health Services to Women Battling Addiction

 

A new Women’s Health Services Clinic opened today at CompDrug to provide a full range of reproductive health services, including contraceptive counseling, reproductive life planning, and same-day LARC (Long Acting Reversible Contraception) on site to over 700 female patients of CompDrug who are in treatment for substance abuse.

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A partnership between Columbus Public Health and CompDrug, with support and facilitation from Ohio Better Birth Outcomes, the clinic will be located at CompDrug and managed by staff from the Columbus Public Health Women’s Health and Wellness Center.

 

The reproductive health clinic, which will be held every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., will be located in the Fields Building, 1420 Fields Ave., Columbus. Appointments and walk-ins are welcome and all patients must be clients of CompDrug, which provides research-based addiction treatment and prevention services operating one of the largest outpatient opioid treatment programs in Ohio.

 

“Opioid use during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of adverse outcomes for infants and mothers, yet barriers such as transportation, child care or financial need can prevent women from accessing the reproductive health services they need,” says Dr. Mysheika W. Roberts, Health Commissioner at Columbus Public Health. “This pilot program is an innovative strategy to improve access and decrease barriers to family planning services such as LARC to address the impact of the opiate crisis on pregnancy outcomes in our community.”

 

"We are working with women at a pivotal time in their lives, while in treatment as they shift to maintaining healthy lifestyle changes. There is a real opportunity here to improve not only pregnancy outcomes, but quality of life. When services are housed together, women have access to more care in an integrated way. We hope this will help empower women to take control over their own reproductive health," says Alex Meyer, Chief Operating Officer at CompDrug. 

 

“This is an exciting pilot program for our community to support women in treatment with knowledge and options for their reproductive health,” says Dr. Rich Brilli, Co-Chair of Ohio Better Birth Outcomes and Chief Medical Officer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “We hope to learn from this project and expand in the future with additional healthcare and substance abuse treatment partners.”

 

Ohio Better Birth Outcomes is a collaborative dedicated to reducing the infant mortality rate in Franklin County. It is comprised of the four health systems in the community, as well as Columbus Public Health and PrimaryOne Health. 

 

For more information, visit Columbus Public Health, http://www.compdrug.com/ or http://ohiobetterbirthoutcomes.org/.

 

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