General information

The 2018 North American Forum on Family Planning (Forum), a conference co-sponsored by Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), the Society of Family Planning (SFP), and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP), will be held October 20-22 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and will be preceded by two days of pre-conference sessions.

The Forum is the premiere scientific and educational family planning conference, and is focused on advancing access to safe, convenient, and high-quality family planning care. At this annual convening, approximately 1,500 medical and social scientists, clinical providers and staff, and other partners share and debate research and clinical practice recommendations, provide training on best clinical practice, and form new and exciting collaborations.

Intended audience

The Forum is intended for physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, certified nurse midwives, social scientists, researchers, and other health professionals interested in advancing evidence-based practices in family planning, abortion, and preventive reproductive health services.

Activity goals

The goal of the Forum is to provide a unique professional development opportunity for sexual and reproductive health professionals to learn about the newest research and translate the best evidence into clinical practice. Session topics include new research and clinical practice issues related to contraception, abortion, STIs, and sexuality. At the conclusion of the Forum, participants should be able to

  • Demonstrate newly acquired knowledge, attitudes, and skills when diagnosing and treating adults and adolescents for family planning, reproductive and sexual health.
  • Integrate and apply the most current scientific research into their own clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate effective communication and counseling skills about reproductive health with clients and their families.
  • Incorporate awareness of current social, political, and legal issues into scientific research and clinical practice.
  • Formulate strategies to overcome gaps in clinical practice to implement evidence-based best practices.
  • Demonstrate newly acquired knowledge and skills when planning, conducting, and disseminating family planning research.
  • Identify strategies for ensuring family planning research informs education, clinical practice, and policy.

Registration details

Early bird registration deadline: August 15

To register and for questions, contact the Forum Conference Team.