RHEDI provides grant funding to support the integration of abortion and contraception training and services into family medicine residency programs across the country.

What is the RHEDI grant?

The RHEDI grant supports RHEDI-funded programs (aka RHEDI Programs) to establish the following:

  • A required (opt-out) rotation in family planning and abortion training, including clinical and didactic experience with contraception, pregnancy options counseling, first trimester abortion care (medication and aspiration) and early pregnancy loss (miscarriage management). All residents must gain experience with pre-abortion counseling and post-abortion follow-up care. The rotation must include:
    • High volume abortion training site where residents rotate to obtain a high volume of aspiration procedural training
    • On-site abortion training and provision—Integrated medication abortion and 1st trimester aspiration/EPL provision and training in the residency training site(s)
  • Psychosocial training about abortion, which includes the meaning of abortion for the resident-learners and the women served and their families. This should also include addressing the psychosocial components of EPL/miscarriage management for patients and their families.

What does the RHEDI grant cover?

  • Grant support for faculty, clinical and administrative staff salaries to work on the implementation of this training in your program; psychosocial training; medical supplies, initial high volume training costs, etc.
  • Technical assistance to initiate abortion and contraception services and training in the continuity sites and to identify and develop partnerships with high volume training sites, etc.
  • Curricular resources to enhance resident and faculty education on evidence-based practice
  • Connection to the growing RHEDI community through annual meetings at national family medicine conferences, grand rounds, etc.

Why start a RHEDI program?

Pregnancy options counseling and abortion (aspiration and medication) fall within the scope of family medicine; however, most family doctors do not currently have the opportunity to train in abortion provision. As a result, family physicians must send patients to specialists or abortion clinics for abortion care rather than providing these services directly. The separation of abortion from other forms of basic health care creates access barriers for patients and stigmatizes abortion.

In addition to the funding and technical support, RHEDI programs report the following benefits:

  • Increased recruitment of residency applicants
  • Improved skills and competence in options counseling, miscarriage management, ultrasound, contraception including LARC methods, in addition to medication and aspiration abortion
  • Increased opportunities for research
  • Improved patient care through increased access to streamlined, same day services in their own physician’s office.

Click here for a list of RHEDI Programs with integrated abortion training.

To learn more, or to request an application for grant funding, contact info@rhedi.org.