Closing the Gap between Evidence & Clinical Practice

Beyond the Pill has successfully trained thousands of health care providers in various settings, including public health departments, community clinics, school-based health centers, abortion health centers, agencies with multiple clinic sites, and hospitals.

Research shows a need for up-to-date training for all clinic staff on various birth control methods and patient eligibility, as well as the need for provider insertion and removal training for long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) methods like the IUD and implant (Nisen, 2016).

Key features

Our evidence-based curriculum was developed by a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, educators, national contraceptive experts, and researchers at the UCSF School of Medicine, National Clinical Training Center, and Planned Parenthood. It was tested in a randomized trial and:

  • has efficacy across varied state policy contexts
  • helps clinic sites consider how to improve access to the full range of contraceptive methods without simultaneously engaging in practices that may inadvertently undermine patient autonomy
  • and is appropriate for all clinic roles, including clinicians, educators, front desk, and billing staff to optimize systems-change at all levels

Our program can offer:

  • benefits for clinic staff such as the development of new counseling and clinical skills with the latest science and professional recommendations
  • technical assistance to promote awareness of and access to the full range of contraceptive methods through curriculum development, support of educational and outreach activities, strengthening of referral networks, and reduction of logistical barriers to service provision
  • subsidies or to waive training costs for eligible organizations
  • access to multiple educational tools and resources


Harper, C. C., Comfort, A. B., Blum, M., Rocca, C. H., McCulloch, C. E., Rao, L., Shah, N., Oquendo del Toro, H., & Goodman, S. (2020b). Implementation science: Scaling a training intervention to include IUDs and implants in contraceptive services in primary care. Preventive Medicine, 141, 106290.
Nisen, M. B., Peterson, L. E., Cochrane, A., & Rubin, S. E. (2016). US family physicians’ intrauterine and implantable contraception provision: results from a national survey. Contraception, 93(5), 432–437.