The District of Columbia Family Planning Project

We aspire to ensure that all DC residents are able to access high quality, patient-centered reproductive health information and services, and experience personal agency and bodily autonomy regarding their birth control and contraceptive decisions.


Hosted at The Women’s Foundation, we are a citywide coalition of reproductive health stakeholders, including community members, advocates, health care providers, government agency partners, foundation leaders, and national experts working together to facilitate our community’s understanding of the District’s reproductive health inequities.

We aspire to ensure that all DC residents—regardless of race, income level, gender identity, or neighborhood—are able to access high quality, patient-centered reproductive health information and services, and experience personal agency and bodily autonomy regarding their birth control and contraceptive decisions.

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DCFPP's Goals

  • To reduce barriers to reproductive health care services and to improve the quality of DC residents’ reproductive health care experience.
  • To improve the sexual health literacy of DC residents, and increase their awareness, knowledge and understanding of birth control methods and where/how to access them.
  • To address policy barriers to quality sexual and reproductive health education, comprehensive contraceptive counseling, and desired FDA-approved birth control methods for all DC residents.
  • To center affected communities, build community trust in the medical system, and ensure that DCFPP projects are guided and informed by the insight and input of those who experience reproductive health inequities.
  • To evaluate DCFPP interventions and disseminate information regarding what works and what does not.

DC Family Planning Needs Assessment

The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health conducted a comprehensive community needs assessment for the DCFPP, providing an in-depth analysis of the family planning landscape for women aged 15–29 in DC.  The report identifies gaps, barriers, and facilitators to family planning services and contraceptive utilization in DC.  The key findings from this study provide insights for improving reproductive health care quality, developing community outreach, and improving local policies.  The study results, combined with the input of the DCFPP’s Community Advisory Group are guiding development of interventions to reduce reproductive health inequities and improve reproductive health outcomes in DC.

To learn more, read the full report here!


Community Advisory Group Members

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
Advocates for Youth (AYA)
AmeriHealth Caritas
Children’s Law Center (CLC)
Community of Hope (COH)
Children’s National Health System (CNHS)
DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
DC Department of Health (DC Health)
DC Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF)
DC Primary Care Association (DCPCA)
DC Public Schools (DCPS)
George Washington University Hospital
Howard University Hospital
Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)
Mary’s Center
MedStar Georgetown University Medical Center
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA)
National Women’s Law Center (NWLC)
Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC, Inc. (PPMW)
Trusted Health Plan
Unity Health Care
Urban Institute
Whitman Walker
Young Women’s Project

For more information about the DCFPP, please contact:


Nancy Schoenfeld, JD – Program Consultant

Jamila Perritt, MD MPH FACOG – Program Consultant