The LARC Initiative
The Greater Rochester Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Initiative: A Community-Level Initiative to Prevent Unintended Teen Pregnancy
LARC Talks are one-hour reproductive health presentations given by expert physicians and health educators.
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
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 during the COVID-19 outbreak
During this time of uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, we want to assure you that local access and availability of birth control remains a priority. If you are in need of birth control or have questions or concerns about your current birth control method, we recommend that you first contact your primary provider. You can also reach out to our local clinical partners to schedule a telemedicine or office visit.
Local Clinical Partners
Finger Lakes Community Health
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
Jordan Health at Community Place is temorarily closed due to COVID-19. Patients are currently being seen at the 82 Holland Street location for contraceptive services.
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
UR Medicine Gender Wellness, Obstetrics & Gynecology, continues to offer a full range of contraceptive options, including IUDs and implants.