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A Step Ahead Foundation of Middle Tennessee Inc.

Nashville, TN   |  www.astepaheadmiddletn.org

Mission

To prevent unplanned pregnancies by providing education about and access to free long-acting reversible contraception (LARC).

Ruling year info

2015

Principal Officer

Jenny Matthews

Main address

P.O. Box 159002

Nashville, TN 37215 USA

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EIN

47-4931504

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Reproductive Health Care Facilities and Allied Services (E40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Within the middle Tennessee region, it is estimated that over 97,000 women aged 13-44 need assistant access effective birth control options. This need arises from both financial, policy, and privacy issues that prevent many young women from accessing vital preventative care. In fact, 85% are our clientele report being uninsured, and the out-of-pocket cost of long-acting reversible contraception such as an IUD or arm implant is $1,500. Limited access to effective birth control leads to unplanned and unwanted pregnancies. This creates increased infant mortality, cyclical poverty and economic strain for families, delayed academic and career goals for young mothers, and wasted public money that is better spent on prevention. In fact, for every $1.00 spent on contraception, communities save more than $7.00 in Medicaid expenses. This, along with our dream that all women experience healthy pregnancies and birth outcomes, is just one of the many reasons A Step Ahead was established.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Providing free long-acting reversible contraception (LARC)

We will cover the cost of any IUD or implant a woman receives at a partner clinic. Prior to receiving the contraception, we pay for a pregnancy test and STI testing. Removal of the IUD or implant is free of charge at any time.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adolescents

We provide a free ride to and from the clinic for any services related to a woman receiving a LARC through A Step Ahead Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Population(s) Served

We will provide educational events throughout the community. We will have a presence at community centers, health fairs, after school programs, and outreach centers. Education will vary based on the audience.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Providing free long-acting reversible contraception (LARC)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The mission of A Step Ahead Foundation of Middle Tennessee (ASAFMT) is to prevent unplanned pregnancies by providing free services and education related to long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) to women residing in 18 counties within middle Tennessee. By providing access to LARC, the most effective reversible method of birth control with a 99% efficacy rate which can last 3-10 years depending on the method, we seek to improve educational, economical and health outcomes for women and their children

To provide free LARC services to any resident within middle Tennessee, ASAFMT uses the below model:

- Partner with 5 federally qualified health centers (more on the horizon)
- Ensure medical providers are trained, certified, and ready to offer LARCs
- Manage a call center and online portal for potential clients to schedule appointments and ask questions
- Cover costs for well-woman exams, including pregnancy tests, sexually transmitted infection (STI) tests, Pap tests, HIV tests, and contraception consultations
- Provide free LARC insertion of patient’s choice of hormonal implant, or an intrauterine device (IUD) which can either be hormonal or nonhormonal based on the patient’s preference
- Pay for door-to-door transportation to/from appointments in partnership with Lyft
- Provide free removal (including removal reminders) of the LARC device whenever the client is ready or when the LARC effectiveness expires
- Reach girls and women already using community services through our Partners in Prevention (PIP) program and other outreach events

ASAFMT is currently able to provide all LARC services to our clients through a 2-year grant in place with the Tennessee Department of Human Services. This is addition to several other reliable grants from local foundations in which strong partnerships are in place.

All day-to-day operations are managed directly by the Executive Director, who helped establish A Step Ahead in 2015. The executive director is working on improving the client experience as well, by bringing the call-center in house and working to find other clinic partners closer to our clients in suburban and rural communities.

Fundraising efforts are led by a dedicated Development Manager, and outreach is managed by 3 staff members that divide efforts between 18 counties. Every day, the outreach team works to expand, strengthen and maintain our essential Partners in Prevention program.

The Partners in Prevention program partners with organizations to generate awareness around our free LARC services and provide prevention education to thousands of women who are already accessing a variety of services in our community. Through this program, our partners share that unplanned pregnancy derails women from staying on their path to recovery from addiction, completing higher education or job training programs, and achieving economic stability. Examples of our official and unofficial PIPs include the Department of Children’s Services and other local nonprofit organizations such as Martha O’Bryan, Renewal House and The Next Door to name just a few.

Here is the impact ASAFMT has made since beginning services in 2016:

- Served over 1,300 clients with an appointment related to family planning options; 72% of those clients chose to receive long-acting reversible contraception
- Partnered with 60 official and unofficial PIPs to reach thousands of girls and women
- Generated awareness of our services and provided prevention education through 100 events

Based on self-reported data, the ASAFMT clientele make-up is as follows:

40% Latina, 30% White, 25% Black/African American and 5% Asian/Pacific Islander
88% live at or below 200% of the federal poverty level
85% are uninsured
82% do not have a college degree
30% do not have a high school degree
14% are students

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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A Step Ahead Foundation of Middle Tennessee Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/21/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Revida Rahman

Brenda Dowdle

Attorney

Mary Walker

Community Volunteer

Jacqueline Dixon

Lewis Thompson

Tim Smith

Law Office of Timothy W. Smith, Esq.

Revida Rahman

Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee

Kaysha Hervey

Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)

Jenny Charles

Office of the District Attorney General

Sheena Hanserd

Clarksville Montgomery School System

Stephanie Williams

Fourth Circuit Court, Davidson County

Amanda Young

Butler Snow

Tatiana Alvarez

Battle Ground Academy

Leigh Ann Vernich

Blankenship CPA Group

La Quita Martin

Consultant/Community Volunteer

Chris Norris

Community Volunteer

Kathy Harrison

Neo Natal Nurse Practitioner

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/17/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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Sexual orientation
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Disability status
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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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