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Component 3.3

Linkages to Primary Care and/or Chronic Disease Care Management Services


  • If your clinic is a specialty family planning provider, identify primary care providers in the community who are accepting new patients, including Medicaid and uninsured patients. Communicate with them about the best ways to refer patients in need of primary care and/or chronic disease management.1,2
  • Primary care providers and specialty family planning providers should consider developing cross-referral agreements or contractual collaborations when they serve the same community.
    • Cross-referral agreements allow for primary care to refer contraceptive patients to family planning for services they do not provide, and for family planning to refer patients to primary care for services they do not provide. In this type of agreement, it is important to understand the parameters for appropriate referrals for each organization to avoid frustrating the patients.
    • Sharing space or co-locating with the family planning center, allows primary care to provide family planning services to its patients. More detail on these arrangements can be found at the Guttmacher Institute link below.1


  1. Guttmacher Institute Policy Review Fall 2011: Strengthening the Safety Net: Pathways for Collaboration Between Community Health Centers and Family Planning Programs: https://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/gpr/14/4/gpr140414.html
  2. Rosenbaum S, et al: Health Centers and Family Planning Update: Implications of the 2014 Quality Family Planning Services Guidelines Issued by the CDC and the Office of Population Affairs July 2014: https://publichealth.gwu.edu/pdf/hp/healthcenters-family-planning-update.pdf