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The Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health Overview
The Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health (OFRH) is committed to the prevention of unintended pregnancies through the Emergency Birth Control (EBC) Access Project. The project is designed to increase access to, and awareness of, Emergency Birth Control, through three education and outreach components – to pharmacists, to health care providers, and to consumers as well as the general public.
OFRH has had considerable success with the EBC access efforts thus far. OFRH first focused on pharmacists, who are on the front line of access, as EBC can be sold by the pharmacist over-the-counter without a prescription. We worked with the Oregon Board of Pharmacy to secure one of the premier policies in the country designed to prevent pharmacy refusals.
We also worked with the Oregon Department of Human Services to develop a reimbursement plan for pharmacists dispensing to low-income women and co-sponsored, with the Oregon State Pharmacy Association, an education program that trained over 400 pharmacists through a traveling training module and one-on-one project pharmacist outreach. This training and education has increased the number of pharmacies stocking and dispensing EBC in rural Oregon by almost 40% to date.
Borders Perrin and Norrander developed our public education campaign pro-bono, including volunteer models and photographer. With the benefit of their professional design work, we did an initial printing and have distributed over 2,000 educational pieces to reproductive age women in Lane and Marion Counties, and an equal number of materials on college campuses, and through community organizations. We also do direct outreach and distribution to primary care providers and pharmacists in rural areas encouraging them to display our posters and educational materials in their waiting rooms or service areas.
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I have served on the Board of the Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health (OFRH) since 2005, and have very much enjoyed working with the staff and other volunteers. Most importantly, I have been thrilled to be part of an organization that make such a difference in women's lives. With grant funds...
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The OFRH is a wonderful organization, working towards ensuring Oregon women have access to reproductive healthcare as well as Emergency Birth Control (EBC). OFRH does not provide direct services, but rather is helping to educate pharmacists and healthcare providers regarding EBC. They are currently ...
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