Greta Klingler, the Director of the Colorado Family Planning Initiative at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment which is behind the Beforeplay.org campaign, which aims to normalize the conversation around reproductive health for young adults in Colorado joins eHealth Radio and the Sexual Health Channel.
- What is your role and position within Colorado Department of Health and Environment and how long have you been there?
- Can you tell me about the Beforeplay.org campaign and how the idea started?
- What makes Beforeplay.org such an important campaign and what can our listeners do to get involved?
- What is the unintended pregnancy rate in both the United States and Colorado?
- How many people been positively affected by the Beforeplay campaign?
About the Campaign:
Beforeplay.org is the hub for a Colorado statewide effort to reduce unintended pregnancy and help “normalize” conversation around sexual health and well being. About 50% of Colorado pregnancies are unintended, and the rate is even higher among young adults in their twenties. Poor knowledge about effective contraception or how to use it, jobs without health insurance, and ambivalence toward starting a family—If it happens, it happens—all contribute to this situation.
Greta Klingler, MPH, CHES is the Director of the Colorado Family Planning Initiative at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She has spent the past five years working to increase access to family planning services in Colorado, specifically focusing on increasing use of the most effective contraceptive methods. One component of this work has been the Beforeplay.org campaign, which aims to normalize the conversation around reproductive health for young adults in Colorado. Greta also serves on the board of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association.