HRSA Recommends One Key Question


HRSA Recommends One Key Question

April 15, 2024
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In December 2023 the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) recommended One Key Question® (OKQ) as an example of a  screening tool  that providers can use to screen patients for pregnancy intention. 

HRSA is a part of the Department of Health and Human Services and its programs are responsible for improving the health of those who cannot access high-quality health care such as, pregnant people, mothers and their families, people with low incomes, people living in rural areas, people with HIV, and others.  

In addition to the HRSA listing, One Key Question has previously been identified as a best practice by the The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs and has been listed as an effective Reproductive Life Planning Strategy by the American Public Health Association.

Power to Decide’s One Key Question provides a framework for health care and social service providers to routinely ask patients about pregnancy desires and offer personalized counseling and care. Large health systems, public health departments, and others have adopted OKQ to address a myriad of health equity efforts, including patient experience and maternal and child health.

The notion behind OKQ is simple— it provides a framework for health care providers, social services providers, and champions to routinely ask: would you like to become pregnant in the next year? 

Research has shown that asking OKQ significantly improves patient satisfaction in both primary and OB-GYN settings. It’s used by thousands of health care and social service providers in approximately 30 states. One Key Question providers include clinicians, community health workers, and home visiting nurses as well as large health systems and state and local public health departments. 

One Key Question Online is an interactive, digital training suite that you can access anywhere, anytime. OKQ Online is your chance to revolutionize health care from your home, your office, or wherever you may be.