PICCK aims to partner with the forty-four Massachusetts birth hospitals.
The members of our Advisory Committee represent a variety of Massachusetts public health leaders, hospitals, and professional organizations who provide advice to the program and assist in the distribution of program information to their constituents.
We are grateful for the ongoing support and advice received from our Advisory Committee from the following organizations.
Community Advisory Board
Our Community Advisory Board (CAB) is grounded in the belief that everyone brings expertise to the conversation, and that all kinds of expertise are required for us to succeed. The CAB is comprised of a diverse membership of consumers of contraceptive care and community stakeholders throughout the state.
The Partners in Contraceptive Choice and Knowledge (PICCK) Community Advisory Board (CAB) strengthens the program’s activities by providing guidance to the core team, proposing innovative avenues for addressing gaps in contraceptive care and access, ensuring sustainability, and amplifying the diverse voices of Massachusetts residents receiving such care. Its ultimate mission is to reduce health inequities and promote reproductive justice in Massachusetts.
The PICCK project recognizes that patients and community stakeholders hold unique expertise in their own lives and needs, which only they can bring to the project. This expertise supplements the clinical, programmatic, and research expertise of our core team. Specifically, the CAB provides input on the following issues:
- Highlights issues critical to patients and community that may not have occurred to project leads or collaborating hospitals;
- Assess whether specific components of intervention activities may have unintended consequences for patients or the community (e.g., sowing distrust);
- Answers targeted questions that arise during implementation and which require the CAB’s unique expertise;
- Suggests additional sources of community expertise for particular hospitals and their communities (e.g. local religious leaders, community organizations);
- Provides input on additional information-gathering, research, or evaluation activities (e.g., what domains should be covered in needs assessments, patient surveys);
- Participates in additional opportunities to help facilitate hospital trainings with clinical consultants