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What is CORE?

The Curricula Organizer for Reproductive Health Education (CORE) is a collection of peer-reviewed, evidence-based teaching materials.

CORE is a collaborative effort of many organizations working to improve the quality and quantity of reproductive health information included in health professions education. CORE is managed by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) as part of the Curriculum Initiative for Reproductive Health.

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Why was CORE developed?

For many reasons, health care professionals—even those specializing in ob/gyn or family practice—often receive minimal education on topics such as abortion, contraception, sexuality, and other aspects of reproductive health care.

Since reproductive health events occur across the lifespan, health care professionals in all specialties will likely encounter these issues at some point in practice. Providers must be prepared to sensitively and effectively address these issues in order to provide quality patient care.

CORE provides access to up-to-date, peer-reviewed, evidence-based resources to help you teach the full spectrum of reproductive health topics.

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Who developed CORE?

CORE is a collaborative effort of many organizations working to improve the quality and quantity of reproductive health information included in health professions education. CORE is managed by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) as part of the Curriculum Initiative for Reproductive Health.

Multidisciplinary experts across the field of reproductive health contributed to the development of CORE.

  • An Advisory Committee oversees Initiative efforts and provides strategic direction.
  • The Peer Reviewers ensure the accuracy and relevance of the clinical content.

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Who funds CORE?

CORE is made possible through generous grant support from the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Content from many ARHP programs is integrated into CORE. For information about these programs, including their funders, please click here.

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How is CORE designed to be used?

CORE can help you develop comprehensive educational presentations and complete curricula on a variety of reproductive health issues.

Materials in CORE are primarily designed for use by educators in medical schools, nursing schools, and other health professions programs—but anyone can use CORE for educational purposes.

You can use the up-do-date, peer-reviewed, evidence-based materials in CORE to…

  • Develop new curricula for a variety of health professions courses, such as clerkships, electives, and other class offerings
  • Supplement existing curricula with appropriate information, resources, and learning activities
  • Direct students to prepare classroom presentations for peer- or group-based learning
  • Create interactive presentations for lunch-time lectures, grand rounds, or other educational forums
  • Design in-service presentations for clinical staff, patient educators, administrators, or volunteers
  • Enhance your own knowledge about current issues in reproductive health care

Materials in CORE may not be used for commercial gain.

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What does it cost to use CORE?

CORE is an open access tool, which means anyone can use it, anytime, free of charge.

CORE is one of many free resources available from the Association of Reproductive Health Professional (ARHP). Visit www.arhp.org or join ARHP today to enjoy additional benefits.

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Why should I trust this information?

CORE is a collaborative effort of many organizations working to improve the quality and quantity of reproductive health information included in health professions education. CORE is managed by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) as part of the Curriculum Initiative for Reproductive Health. As the leading source for trusted medical education and information on reproductive and sexual health, ARHP has been educating health care providers, informing consumers, and shaping public policy since 1963.

To be included in CORE, materials must meet certain criteria. When you access materials from CORE, you can be sure that they are…

  • Continuously peer reviewed by multidisciplinary experts to ensure that they are up-to-date and clinically accurate
  • Developed free from pharmaceutical company influence
  • Clearly labeled with the names of submitting authors, submission date, original funders, names of peer reviewers, and review date
  • Thoroughly referenced with links to the original sources
  • In compliance with the definition of “reproductive health” as described in the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action

ARHP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). For all educational activities, ARHP obtains full disclosure from all submitting authors, peer reviewers, and advisory committee members regarding conflicts of interest. This information is kept on file and included in all appropriate program materials.

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How will I know when new materials are added to CORE?

New materials are added to CORE on an ongoing basis. Register to receive updates and stay on the cutting edge of reproductive health education.

ARHP respects your privacy and will not share information with any third party without your explicit permission.

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Can I submit materials to be included in CORE?

Many professionals have developed their own educational presentations on reproductive health topics. ARHP encourages you to submit your PowerPoint slides and other materials (case studies, learning activities, and other handouts) to be peer reviewed and possibly included in CORE.

For more information about submitting your own content for inclusion in CORE, please click here.

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Why do the PowerPoint slides in CORE look different than other slides I’ve seen?

If the PowerPoint slides in CORE look different to you, it’s because they are. They were developed based on principles of cognitive psychology and research done by experts in the field of multimedia learning.

Please visit the CORE Approach to PowerPoint to read more about the evidence behind the slide design.

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How should I cite materials from CORE?

Materials in CORE are thoroughly referenced. Citation of the original source(s), where appropriate, is encouraged.

In cases where it is necessary to cite CORE as the direct source, please use the following examples to determine the most appropriate citation format.

Example of how to cite a complete PowerPoint presentation from CORE:

ARHP Clinical Advisory Committee for Manual Vacuum Aspiration Education Partnership Project. Options for Early Pregnancy Loss: MVA and Medication Management [PowerPoint presentation]. Washington, DC: Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP). 2004 Dec [updated 2007 Feb]. Available at www.arhp.org/core. Accessed May 1, 2007.

Example of how to cite an individual PowerPoint slide from CORE:

Trussel J. Use of ECPs: Advance v. On Demand [PowerPoint slide]. Washington, DC: Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP). 1999 May [updated 2007 Apr]. Available at www.arhp.org/core. Accessed May 1, 2007.

Example of how to cite a learning activity, case study, or other handout from CORE:

Patient Counseling and Emotions [handout]. Washington, DC: Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP). 2004 Mar [updated 2007 Apr]. Available from www.arhp.org/core. Accessed May 1, 2007.

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What happened to the original Reproductive Health Model Curriculum?

The original Reproductive Health Model Curriculum was produced in 1997 by the Reproductive Health Initiative (RHI), then a project of the American Medical Women’s Association. The Curriculum, 2nd Edition, was researched, peer reviewed, and published in 2002-2004 by RHI.

In 2005, the Curriculum, 2nd Edition, was transferred to the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP). It was updated and adapted into the CORE format in 2006-2007.

You may access the Reproductive Health Model Curriculum, 2nd Edition, at www.arhp.org/curriculum/ModelCurriculum.cfm. Please note that the content in the Curriculum, 2nd Edition, has not been updated or peer reviewed since 2004; the content in CORE is consistently updated and peer reviewed.

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What does the research say about the state of reproductive health education for health care professionals?

Several studies have examined different aspects of reproductive health education for health professions students and practicing providers.

For a continuously updated bibliography of research in this field, please click here.

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Whom do I contact with questions?

If you have questions or would like additional information about CORE, please contact ARHP program manager, Shana Brown, MPH, at sbrown@arhp.org or (202) 466-3825.

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