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The DC AAP Adolescent Health Working Group (AHWG) held its quarterly meeting on December 10th at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives. AHWG members had an opportunity to learn about the history of the DC Public School System and then to talk about the future of the teens who are enrolled.

Katy Suellentrop from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy gave a presentation on the Campaign’s research on how to reach young women who do not wish to become pregnant within the next three years and how to increase their positive regard for the most effective methods of contraception. The National Campaign has developed the Whoops Proof Birth Control awareness raising and advertising campaign which currently is being piloted in Cleveland and Tulsa. The AHWG is exploring potential funding sources for a possible DC advertising campaign, utilizing the materials developed by the National Campaign.

Amanda Kimber Kelinson from the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association shared the revisions to the HCPCS codes for IUDs and what that might mean for DC. Mara Gandal Powers from the National Women’s Law Center clarified federal requirements for contraceptive coverage for Medicaid patients. The AHWG also discussed progress on AHWG strategic priorities, including ensuring Medicaid Freedom of Choice provisions are understood and followed in DC, improving access to coverage and reimbursement for Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) for Medicaid Patients, the future of Nexplanon trainings in DC; and updating DC’s Health Education Standards. For further information on the work of the AHWG, please contact Nancy Schoenfeld at nancy.schoenfeld@aapdc.org.