Family Planning Epidemiology

What is Family Planning?
Family planning services provide information and the means for men and women to exercise personal choice in determining the number and spacing of their children. Authorized under Title X of the Public Health Service Act, the Family Planning Act of 1970 was the first US statute to provide authority, funding and support for comprehensive and voluntary family planning services to all who want and need them. The Michigan Family planning program provides contraceptive services and reproductive healthcare to low income men and women. 

Basic Principles

  • All services are voluntary and confidential
  • Abortions are not provided
  • Services are available to men and women
  • Services are provided respecting the dignity of each individual; without any discrimination or coercion
  • Client charges are based on income; services are not denied due to inability to pay
  • The Family Planning Program does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the ground of race, color, or national origin, or on the basis of disability, gender or age.

The Family Planning epidemiologist position is funded by Title X federal funds.

Family Planning Epidemiologist Roles & Responsibilities:
This position provides epidemiological support to the Department, the Bureau of Epidemiology and Population Health, and the Bureau of Family Health Services and is the recognized resource on all epidemiologic matters concerning the Title X/Family Planning Program. This includes epidemiologic study design, statistical analysis, technical expertise, program evaluation, and policy and program development. This position plays an important role in identifying and then advising on the epidemiological priorities in collaboration with program staff. In addition, the Family Planning Epidemiologist actively collaborates with other maternal child health programs as well as other MCH epidemiologists. 


Utilization of Title X Family Planning Services by Male Clients
Access to Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) in Michigan Title X Family Planning Clinics
2015 Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Survey Family Planning Report
Family Planning Annual Report Data Analysis, 2016

Contact Info:    
Epidemiologist: Chelsea Abshire, MPH
Phone: 517-373-1574


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