Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced an award of $4.5 million to Converge to support a statewide network of Title X providers beginning April 1, 2022. Title X is the only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services.
Informed by its experience directly supporting the Mississippi Title X network (administered by the Mississippi State Department of Health from 1970 until March 2022) with training, quality assessments and improvements, and program evaluation, Converge will establish and administer a statewide Title X project that emphasizes access, quality, and equity.
Converge’s Title X network will launch with clinics across Mississippi. The diverse network of providers includes long-standing Title X-funded clinics, with decades of experience providing Title X services and the capacity to serve more than 30,000 clients in the first year of the project. This initial network will ensure continuity of family planning services in communities of need across the state.
“Converge was born in Mississippi, based on the belief that Mississippians deserve the best in their family planning health care,” said Jamie Bardwell and Danielle Lampton, Converge’s Co-Founders. “We are pleased that our vision for a Title X project that places people’s preferences and desires at the center of family planning decisions was funded. We look forward to administering Title X funding with the efficiency and transparency necessary to restore and expand access to quality, person-centered family planning care throughout Mississippi.”
Converge collaborates with health care providers, insurance companies, and community partners to build a health care system that places people at the center of family planning care. Beginning April 1, 2022, Converge will administer Title X funding for the state of Mississippi.
Converge is accepting proposals from qualified clinics for grants to support their provision of family planning care to low income and/or uninsured people. To learn more, click here.