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Family Planning Perspectives. September-October 1976; 8(5):231-240.At the end of fiscal year 1974, about 2.5 million low- and marginal-income nonmetropolitan women, or about 3/4 of all such women in the United States, had no access to family planning services from either private physicians or organized clinic programs. By this time, 3/4 of the counties in the U.S. had a family planning service center, but this included 91% of all metropolitan and only 72% of all nonmetropolitan counties. Although there are wide disparities in service levels among states, need was concentrated in nonmetropolitan counties of the South and the East North Central region. The statistics are tabulated, graphed, and mapped. Private physicians seemed to be supplying a small percentage of the nonmetropolitan family planning needs. Physician shortages mean that this trend will continue in the future. Health department programs and hospitals will have to meet the need. Coordinated action on the part of national, state, and local agencies will be necessary. Priority should be given to supplying the larger nonmetropolitan counties, perhaps with mobile units or paraprofessional personnel.
New York, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region, Medical Division, September 1975. 49 pThis is a compilation of family planning services provided by associations operating in the Western Hemisphere Region. Separate tables are compiled for 1973 and 1974. A list of each family planning program included in the study is appended to the report. The report does not guarantee the completeness or accuracy of the data; problems with reliability of data point up the necessity for a system of standardized record-keeping. Tables cover program input in the form of clinical facilities, medical and paramedical services, and the delivery of contraceptive methods by family planning programs and community-based distribution systems. Charts on program output include information on acceptor characteristics, numbers of new and continuing acceptors, numbers of voluntary sterilizations, and percentages of other methods in use.