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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.

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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 our article "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 grants from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation and the Rochester Regional Health Foundation. It is coordinated through The Hoekelman Center in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Along with our community partners, we offer 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 provide evidence-based education about the safety, effectiveness, and availability of no-cost, confidential LARC for young people in the Greater Rochester area. We also offer 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 offers 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

(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
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.

Women’s Health Practice at Strong

(585) 275-2691
The Women's Health Practice at Strong continues to offer a full range of contraceptive options, including IUDs and implants.