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Approaches, barriers, and facilitators to abortion-related work in U.S. health departments: perspectives of maternal and child heath and family planning professionals

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  • Additional Information
    • Publication Information:
      BMC, 2020.
    • Publication Date:
      2020
    • Collection:
      LCC:Public aspects of medicine
    • Abstract:
      Abstract Background Public health agencies in the United States have engaged in abortion-related activities for nearly 50 years. Prior research indicates that, while most state health departments engage in some abortion-related work, their efforts reflect what is required by law rather than the breadth of core public health activities. In contrast, local health departments appear to engage in abortion-related activities less often but, when they do, initiate a broader range of activities. Methods This study aimed to: 1) describe the abortion-related activities undertaken by maternal and child health (MCH) and family planning professionals in state and local health departments; 2) understand how health departments approach their programmatic work on abortion, and 3) examine the facilitators and barriers to whether and how abortion work is implemented. Between November 2017 and June 2018, we conducted key informant interviews with 29 professionals working in 22 state and local health departments across the U.S. Interview data were thematically coded and analyzed using an iterative approach. Results MCH and family planning professionals described a range of abortion-related activities undertaken within their health departments. We identified three approaches to this work: those mandated strictly by law or policy; those initiated when mandated by law but informed by public health principles (e.g., scientific accuracy, expert engagement, lack of bias, promoting access to care) in implementation; and those initiated by professionals within the department to meet identified needs. More state health departments engaged in activities when mandated, and more local health departments initiated activities based on identified needs. Key barriers and facilitators included political climate, funding opportunities and restrictions, and departmental leadership. Conclusions Although state health departments are tasked with implementing legally-required abortion-related activities, some agencies bring public health principles to their mandated work. Efforts are needed to engage public health professionals in developing and implementing best practices around engaging in abortion-related activities.
    • File Description:
      electronic resource
    • ISSN:
      1471-2458
    • Relation:
      http://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s12889-020-8389-2; https://doaj.org/toc/1471-2458
    • Accession Number:
      10.1186/s12889-020-8389-2
    • Rights:
      Journal Licence: CC BY
    • Accession Number:
      edsdoj.3c8b778371b437cac6c5037b9a28fcc
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      NANCY F. BERGLAS et al. Approaches, barriers, and facilitators to abortion-related work in U.S. health departments: perspectives of maternal and child heath and family planning professionals. BMC Public Health, [s. l.], v. 20, n. 1, p. 1–11, 2020. DOI 10.1186/s12889-020-8389-2. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsdoj&AN=edsdoj.3c8b778371b437cac6c5037b9a28fcc&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 5 jul. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Nancy F. Berglas, Erin Wingo, Katie Woodruff, Sarah C. M. Roberts. Approaches, barriers, and facilitators to abortion-related work in U.S. health departments: perspectives of maternal and child heath and family planning professionals. BMC Public Health. 2020;20(1):1-11. doi:10.1186/s12889-020-8389-2.
    • AMA11:
      Nancy F. Berglas, Erin Wingo, Katie Woodruff, Sarah C. M. Roberts. Approaches, barriers, and facilitators to abortion-related work in U.S. health departments: perspectives of maternal and child heath and family planning professionals. BMC Public Health. 2020;20(1):1-11. doi:10.1186/s12889-020-8389-2
    • APA:
      Nancy F. Berglas, Erin Wingo, Katie Woodruff, & Sarah C. M. Roberts. (2020). Approaches, barriers, and facilitators to abortion-related work in U.S. health departments: perspectives of maternal and child heath and family planning professionals. BMC Public Health, 20(1), 1–11. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-8389-2
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Nancy F. Berglas, Erin Wingo, Katie Woodruff, and Sarah C. M. Roberts. 2020. “Approaches, Barriers, and Facilitators to Abortion-Related Work in U.S. Health Departments: Perspectives of Maternal and Child Heath and Family Planning Professionals.” BMC Public Health 20 (1): 1–11. doi:10.1186/s12889-020-8389-2.
    • Harvard:
      Nancy F. Berglas et al. (2020) ‘Approaches, barriers, and facilitators to abortion-related work in U.S. health departments: perspectives of maternal and child heath and family planning professionals’, BMC Public Health, 20(1), pp. 1–11. doi: 10.1186/s12889-020-8389-2.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Nancy F. Berglas, Erin Wingo, Katie Woodruff & Sarah C. M. Roberts 2020, ‘Approaches, barriers, and facilitators to abortion-related work in U.S. health departments: perspectives of maternal and child heath and family planning professionals’, BMC Public Health, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 1–11, viewed 5 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Nancy F. Berglas, et al. “Approaches, Barriers, and Facilitators to Abortion-Related Work in U.S. Health Departments: Perspectives of Maternal and Child Heath and Family Planning Professionals.” BMC Public Health, vol. 20, no. 1, Mar. 2020, pp. 1–11. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1186/s12889-020-8389-2.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Nancy F. Berglas, Erin Wingo, Katie Woodruff, and Sarah C. M. Roberts. “Approaches, Barriers, and Facilitators to Abortion-Related Work in U.S. Health Departments: Perspectives of Maternal and Child Heath and Family Planning Professionals.” BMC Public Health 20, no. 1 (March 1, 2020): 1–11. doi:10.1186/s12889-020-8389-2.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Nancy F. Berglas, Erin Wingo, Katie Woodruff, Sarah C. M. Roberts. Approaches, barriers, and facilitators to abortion-related work in U.S. health departments: perspectives of maternal and child heath and family planning professionals. BMC Public Health [Internet]. 2020 Mar 1 [cited 2020 Jul 5];20(1):1–11. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsdoj&AN=edsdoj.3c8b778371b437cac6c5037b9a28fcc&custid=s8280428