Mahoning health department launches contraceptive program

Mahoning County contraception program

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning County Health Department wants to help women better plan their pregnancies.

The department is working with Planned Parenthood to provide Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives, known as LARCs, to those who are uninsured or under-insured. They have about a dozen spots left thanks to a grant from the Ohio Department of Health.

Mahoning County has the third highest infant mortality rate in the state. Officials hope this will help women space their births by 18 months to reduce the mortality rate.

“It is a pilot project. So if we can do this and show that there’s interest in the community in accessing long acting reversible contraception, then maybe we can have a larger scale project in the coming year,” Mahoning County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Sweeney.

The devices are only available through the end of June. Those interested are asked to call Planned Parenthood at 330-788-2487.

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