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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.

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The LARC Initiative

Jessica VanScott, M.P.H., Health Project Coordinator

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

Phone: (585) 276-6234
Fax: (585) 276-2566
Email:Email Jessica VanScott, M.P.H.

Access FREE birth control during COVID-19

Birth Control COVID-19

The Impact of the Rochester LARC Initiative has been published!

Read the Article!


We are pleased to announce that the "Impact of the Rochester LARC Initiative on adolescents’ utilization of long-acting reversible contraception" has been published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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 Reversible Contraception (LARC) 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.

Hoekelman Center table photo

Hoekelman Center for Health Beyond Medicine

2018 LARC Team photo

From left: Katherine Blumoff Greenberg, M.D., LARC Initiative Asst. Director, Jessica VanScott, M.P.H., LARC Health Project Coordinator,
Andrew Aligne, M.D., M.P.H., Hoekelman Center Director

You can still access free and confidential birth control in Monroe County 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 visit.

Local Clinical Partners

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.

Women’s Health Practice at Strong

(585) 275-2691
In addition to offering a full range of contraceptive methods, including IUDs and implants, the Women’s Health Practice is now offering curbside Depo (the shot). Call ahead to schedule an appointment for a nurse to meet you at your vehicle.

Jordan Health at Community Place

(585) 423-5800
This location is currently closed, but other Jordan Health locations are offering virtual office visits and birth control.