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The LARC Initiative

The Greater Rochester Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Initiative: A Community-Level Initiative to Prevent Unintended Teen Pregnancy

LARC Training classroom photo

LARC Talks are one-hour reproductive health presentations given by expert physicians and health educators.

Contact Us

The LARC Initiative

Andrew Aligne, M.D., M.P.H., Director

The Hoekelman Center
Department of Pediatrics, URMC
601 Elmwood Avenue
Box 777
Rochester, NY 14642

Phone: (585) 276-6234
Fax: (585) 276-2566
Email: Andrew Aligne, M.D., M.P.HEmaildrew Aligne, M.D., M.P.H

Access FREE birth control 

Birth Control Options

The Impact of the Rochester LARC Initiative has been published!

Read the Article!


In April 2020, our article "Impact of the Rochester LARC Initiative on adolescents’ utilization of long-acting reversible contraception" was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

From 2014 to 2021, the Greater Rochester LARC Initiative was a project supported by grants from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation and the Rochester Regional Health Foundation. It was coordinated through The Hoekelman Center in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Along with many community partners, the LARC Initiative offered free education on Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) to adults who talk to teens in both healthcare and community-based settings throughout Monroe County and Wayne County, NY. Our team of expert physicians and health educators provided evidence-based education about the safety, effectiveness, and availability of no-cost, confidential LARC for young people in the Greater Rochester area. We also offered education and advocacy training to youth peer leaders and educators.

LARC Initiative Interview with Jennifer Johnson

Jen Andy Kate
Birth Control Initiative Successfully Reaches Rochester Teens

Check out Dr. Kate Greenberg and Director of the Hoekelman Center Dr. Andy Aligne being interviewed by Jennifer Johnson on their success with the LARC Initiative. The initiative offered LARC education to adults who talk to teens both in community and healthcare settings, to prepare them to have discussions with teens about unintended pregnancy prevention and birth control.

You Can Still Access Free and Confidential Birth Control

Local Clinical Partners

Finger Lakes Community Health

(315) 521-0249

Finger Lakes Community Health continues to offer a full range of contraceptive options, including IUDs and implants. Finger Lakes Community Health has nearby health centers in Sodus, Newark, and Geneva.

Jordan Health at Community Place

(585) 423-5800
As of April 2022, this location is open again and providing birth control. 

Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York

1 (866) 600-6886
Planned Parenthood continues to offer a full range of contraceptive options, including IUDs and implants. Planned Parenthood has nearby locations in Rochester and Canandaigua.

UR Medicine Gender Wellness, Obstetrics & Gynecology

(585) 275-2691
UR Medicine Gender Wellness, Obstetrics & Gynecology, continues to offer a full range of contraceptive options, including IUDs and implants.