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LARC Initiative

The Greater Rochester Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Initiative:

A Community-Level Initiative to Prevent Unintended Teen Pregnancy

The Greater Rochester LARC Initiative is a project supported by a grant from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation and is coordinated through the the Hoekelman Center in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Along with our community partners, we offer education on Long Acting Reversibile Contraception (LARC) to adults who talk to teens, both in community and healthcare settings.  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. Our team of expert physicians and health educators provide evidence-based education about the safety, effectiveness, and availability of no-cost, confidential LARC for young people in Rochester. We also offer education and advocacy training to youth peer leaders and educators. These LARC Talks always include a free catered meal!

In 2018, the LARC Initiative expanded to reach new types of audiences, including parents, sports coaches, counselors, teachers, and more types of healthcare providers.