226867 Innovative Approaches to Addressing Reproductive Health Disparities Among Urban Youth: Promising Models from the Urban Initiative for Reproductive Health

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Kelly Baden , National Institute for Reproductive Health, New York, NY
Harlan Rotblatt , Sexually Transmitted Disease Program, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA
Regina Jordan-Lee, BS, M Ed , Adolescent Programs, Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago, IL
Fred Evans , Fremont Community Clinic, Minneapolis, MN
Deborah L. Kaplan, PA, MPH , Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, NY
The Urban Initiative for Reproductive Health is a multi-year initiative, led by the National Institute for Reproductive Health, to create and promote policy solutions to address the reproductive health challenges facing cities today. The Urban Initiative convenes and supports local elected and public health officials and advocates' efforts to reduce reproductive health disparities at the city and county level. Through the Urban Initiative, we have identified innovative and promising models from cities across the US that are serving marginalized youth in urban areas where ethnic and racial health disparities result in some of the worst outcomes related to teen pregnancy and STI infections, including HIV. The Urban Initiative sees work in urban areas, particularly best practices for addressing the needs of young men and women of color and low-income and immigrant women and teens, as a social justice issue and a reproductive justice imperative. This panel will highlight innovative models led by Departments of Health in collaboration with advocates from New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis and Los Angeles. From innovative programs for in-home, school based and street outreach STI screening to initiatives to increase access to contraception in the most underserved urban neighborhoods, these cities are taking the lead in improving the health of adolescents through innovative, targeted outreach efforts to ensure youth overcome barriers to receiving services posed by some of the systemic social justice challenges facing urban areas including poverty, racism, lack of affordable housing and adequate public transportation and environmental pollutants.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
1. Develop a strategy for collaboration between advocates and local elected and public health officials to create reproductive health policies and programs at the city or county level to reach marginalized youth and address reproductive health disparities in urban areas. 2. Identify key partners and entry points to participate in advocate-local government coalitions to implement reproductive health policies at the city or county level to reach marginalized youth. 3. Discuss challenges such as funding, confidentiality, in-school testing and the need for targeted outreach to out of school youth and young people who do not access traditional health care services in order to ensure they can access STI screening and other reproductive health services in their urban areas.

Keywords: Adolescent Health, Urban Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I direct the Urban Initiative for Reproductive Health and coordinate this national initiative, the other presenters on the panel are from Departments of Public Health and advocacy organizations that participate in this initiative.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.