On January 14, 2016, Cynthia Harper, PhD, and her research team from the UCSF Bixby Center’s Beyond the Pill program were recognized at the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp) 2016 Annual Conference Awards Ceremony.

Providers practice inserting IUDs on a pelvic model.

Each year the Alliance recognizes organizations and members for their contributions to the field of continuing education for professionals in healthcare education.

“I am thrilled that the award recipients are industry leaders,” said Laurie Kendall-Ellis, CAE, ACEhp Executive Director & CEO. “All recipients are dedicated to our community and their interprofessional collaborations have strongly impacted CE and the members we serve.”

Dr. Cynthia Harper received an award from ACEhp for outstanding continuing education outcomes assessment for a cluster randomized trial to reduce pregnancy rates in the US with long-acting reversible contraception. The intervention used in the study was a half-day, CME- accredited training designed to help providers integrate IUDs and implants into routine contraceptive care by improving method-specific knowledge and counseling and placement skills. Dr. Harper and her team tested the training in 40 Planned Parenthood clinics nationwide. The study found that unintended pregnancies among young women visiting the intervention clinics dropped by nearly half over one year.

To date, Beyond the Pill has trained more than 2,000 health care providers serving more than 700,000 female contraceptive clients annually. The training program is a proven way to reduce unintended pregnancies, increase provider knowledge and skills for IUDs and implants, and improve women’s access to these methods of birth control.

Dr. Harper and her team are honored to receive this award from ACEhp and would also like to thank the Office of Continuing Medical Education at UCSF for their support.

To learn more about the award and our CME-accredited training, please see:

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About Beyond the Pill
Beyond the Pill promotes access and equity in women’s contraceptive health care. We build the research foundation to transform clinical care and women’s lives worldwide. We partner with health care providers, researchers and educators to improve women’s access to effective contraception and reproductive health care. Beyond the Pill is an interdisciplinary team of researchers, clinicians and educators that contribute to science, policy and clinical practice change in the US and globally through research, training and education. We are science-driven and continuously innovating to improve women’s contraceptive care and health. Beyond the Pill is a program of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco. UCSF is the nation’s leading university exclusively focused on health. Now celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding as a medical college, UCSF is dedicated to transforming health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in health professions, and excellence in patient care. For more information, visit beyondthepill.ucsf.edu.

About the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions
ACEhp is a membership community of over 2,000 healthcare continuing education professionals dedicated to accelerating excellence in performance through quality education, innovation, advocacy and collaboration. Founded in 1975, ACEhp is the recognized leader and trusted partner striving to close gaps in healthcare delivery by transforming the best science and knowledge into effective professional development. ACEhp constituents and stakeholders include the broadest universe of medical and healthcare professions, including physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, among others. Members also include healthcare continuing education professionals who represent federal healthcare, healthcare education organizations, hospital health systems, industry, medical education companies, medical schools, medical specialty societies and state medical societies. For more information on ACEhp, visit www.acehp.org.