Since 1994, HCET has cultivated a reputation of leadership and excellence in providing health care providers and clinic staff with the tools, skills, and knowledge necessary for the effective delivery of high quality family planning services in diverse communities across the Midwest. HCETs family planning and reproductive health initiatives help provide education, training, and technical assistance directly to family planning clinic staff.

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HCET provides education, training, and program development for a statewide system of not-for-profit family planning clinics and local health departments. Our aim is to ensure low-income Wisconsin residents receive high-quality, accessible, affordable, and confidential reproductive health care. Education and training provided to health care professionals include topics such as breast health; STD and HIV testing, treatment, and prevention; billing and coding for clinic sustainability; cost analysis; unintended pregnancy prevention; human trafficking; trauma informed care; coordination of care; and much more. Funding is provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

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This project provides affordable, high-quality cervical cancer detection, via colposcopy, to uninsured Wisconsinites. HCET strategically partners with tribal clinics, federally qualified health centers, not-for-profit family planning clinics, and local health departments to train and deliver continuous colposcopy education, and to help clinics fully integrate colposcopy into existing reproductive health services. Prior to the project’s initiation, only five Wisconsin clinics offered colposcopy services. Now, there are 20 clinics across Wisconsin offering this life-saving procedure to the uninsured. Funding is provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

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HCET’s Quality Assurance/Improvement (QA/I) Initiative provides evidence-based recommendations and guidelines for not-for-profit family planning clinics and local health departments to improve reproductive health care provided to uninsured Wisconsin residents. Through this initiative, HCET convenes a QA/I planning committee that provides the framework for fidelity monitoring and performance measurement of family planning clinical standards of care. A key set of standards developed by HCET in coordination with the QA/I committee are the Family Planning Program Guidelines, which set a statewide standard of evidence-based clinical care for Wisconsin clinicians. Funding is provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services

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Competent, trauma-informed post-violence care is a key element of a successful family planning program. HCET works with partnering clinics and community organizations to develop best practices in caring for patients in the aftermath of sexual violence. Clinicians are trained to screen patients for violence and connect them to local sexual assault service providers and law enforcement. Additionally, HCET works to identify areas in need of forensic examination services and assist nurses and clinics in establishing the infrastructure to deliver forensic care. Funding is provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Regional Family Planning Projects

Mn Sexual Health Update

The Minnesota Reproductive and Sexual Health Update is an annual conference convening health care providers, educators, and others in the field of reproductive and sexual health. At this event HCET offers the latest in clinical reproductive health care practice, research, and technology with the goal of ensuring that professionals have the tools they need to provide the highest quality reproductive and sexual health education and care for their patients. HCET has coordinated and hosted this event since 2006.

Illinois Family Planning Training Project

The HCET Illinois Family Planning Training Project assists the Illinois Office of Women's Health and Family Services with education and integration of reproductive health care standards. These standards ensure uninsured Illinois residents receive high-quality, accessible, affordable, and confidential reproductive health care throughout the entire state.