3239.0 Couple-focused Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

Monday, October 27, 2008: 12:30 PM
It takes two, or does it? This panel will present promising approaches for reaching men with sexual and reproductive health information and services. The results of contraceptive life-history interviews will be presented to increase our understanding of male knowledge, attitudes and practices. Implications of findings for reaching young men will be discussed. Research will also be presented on new approaches to help teens engage in conversation with their partners about healthy sexual behaviors. This approach includes use of interactive, educational materials modeled on teen magazine quizzes. A third panelist will share findings from a study that tested a streamlined intervention incorporating key partner-related questions into family planning counseling to improve family planning satisfaction and use. Finally, a strategy to increase recruitment of men into research efforts, especially those with connotations of sexual inability, will be presented. In this initiative, minority men were successfully mobilized to participate in focus group discussions by the women in their lives
Session Objectives: 1) Recognize the variety of young men’s attitudes and experiences regarding hormonal contraception 2) Describe ways to adapt media with a demonstrated appeal for an adolescent audience to opportunities for health promotion and education through clinic services, outreach, and classroom instruction 3) Describe the effect of increasing providers’ sensitivity to the couple relationship on method satisfaction and use 4) Identify elements of barriers to mobilizing hard to reach communities

12:30 PM
Young men's understanding of hormonal contraception: Knowing me, knowing you
Paul G. Whittaker, PhD, Rebecca Merkh, MA, Kaysee Baker, MS, Linda Hock-Long, PhD and Kay Armstrong, MA
12:50 PM
Teen quizzes: A springboard for partner communication about sex and sexual health
Kimberly Aumack Yee, BA, Aaron Lones, MPH and Sophia Carrillo, BS
1:10 PM
Prostate Cancer prevention and Care: The role of women as motivators and instigators of men for decision making and action in minority populations
Sridevi Alla, MBBS, Gerri A. Cannon-Smith, MD, MPH, Olugbemiga Tanilepada Ekundayo, MD, MPH, DrPH, Mario J. Azevedo, PhD, Joyce Buckner-Brown, PhD, MHS, RRT and Primus Wheeler Jr, MST, RRT
1:30 PM
Reaching men when they're not present: The effect of an “It Takes Two” approach to family planning counseling with women
Katherine Lavoie, MPH, Rebecka Lundgren, MPH, Kimberly Aumack Yee, BA and Aaron Lones, MPH

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Organized by: Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health
Endorsed by: Socialist Caucus

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing