Ensuring contraceptive equity for Massachusetts patients

100% online | Self-paced & interactive | Begin anytime!

In 2017, Massachusetts enacted An Act Relative to Advancing Contraceptive Coverage and Economic Security in our State (ACCESS), which allows:

  • Providers to prescribe a 12-month supply of no-cost birth control all at once
  • No-cost emergency contraception to eligible patients. 

Course Overview

This course was developed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), in collaboration with Reproductive Equity Now Foundation (REN), and with support from the Office of Continuing and Professional Development (CPD) at MGH Institute of Health Professions (IHP). The MA Department of Public Health is covering the cost of the course for an extended period.


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Online, self-paced. Enroll at any time.

2.5 hours

The MA Department of Public Health is covering the cost of the course for an extended period.

Ideal for Massachusetts providers and pharmacists who prescribe and/or dispense birth control and emergency contraception pills. This includes physicians, physician assistants/associates, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists.

Your course can be accessed on D2L Brightspace, the learning platform for all CPD online courses.

Upon registration, you will receive an email with subject line: "MGH Institute of Health Professions CPD: D2L Brightspace Login Information" instructing you to set up your new account password. The email address you registered with is set up as your username. Once logged on, find your course on the homepage. 

If you already have an Enrole and D2L Brightspace account, you can log in with your email address here: https://mghinstitutecpd.brightspace.com. Click Forgot Password to reset, if needed.

Computer: You need access to a computer capable of running current software and web browsers. Anything that was new in the past three years should be fine. As a general guideline, your computer must be running Windows 10 Pro or Mac OSX 10.10 & Higher.

Some instructors send supplementary materials to their students on CD-ROM. Be sure to check with your instructor for additional hardware and software requirements, if any, specific to your course.

Internet Access: You must have Internet access capabilities. If you rely on your employer's Internet connection, be aware that firewall restrictions may exist that prevent you from accessing all or part of your course, using our online tools.

Web Browser: Latest Modern versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome.

Additional Software or Plug-ins: Depending on your course and instructor, you may have to purchase software (e.g., the SPSS statistics package for a statistics course). Also, many instructors post lecture materials online in various file formats (typically PowerPoint, Word or PDF files). To open these files, you will need the appropriate software or software viewer plug-in. We recommend purchasing Microsoft Office 2007 or higher, available through most software retailers at an academic rate of ~$200. However, you can also download the free MS Word and PowerPoint viewers from Microsoft. Also recommended is the free Adobe Acrobat PDF viewer.

For any questions or concerns regarding this offering or the registration process, contact us at:

Office of Continuing and Professional Development
Email: cpd [at] mghihp.edu (cpd[at]mghihp[dot]edu)
Phone: 617-724-6674

Learning Outcomes


Identify the key components of Massachusetts' 2017 Contraceptive ACCESS law.


Recognize the benefits of 12-month contraception access for patients.


Describe the 3-month trial period for 12-month dispensing to patients.


Discuss the process of acquiring coverage for a "non-preferred method" with patients.


Explain the process for prescribing or dispensing medically appropriate emergency contraception consistent with current state law.


Strategize potential remedies to ensure patient-centered care.

Continuing Education Credits

jointly accredited provider interprofessional continuing education
In support of improving patient care, MGH Institute of Health Professions is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


MGH Institute of Health Professions designates this activity for 2.5 contact hours for nurses.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.


MGH Institute of Health Professions has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 2.5 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid until October 1, 2023. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

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This activity provides 2.5 contact hours (0.25 CEUs) of continuing education credit. ACPE Universal Activity Number (UAN):JA4008265-9999-22-002-H03-P JA4008265-9999-22-002-H03-T


MGH Institute of Health Professions designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

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