Online Program

Reproductive health dialogues: Including both male and female voices in the conversation

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 8:50 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

Forrest Alton, MSPH, CHES, South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Columbia, SC
Our nation is in the midst of two decade long decrease in teen pregnancy rates. Research indicates a combination of increased sexual abstinence and greater use of contraception among sexually active youth have both contributed to this decline. Understanding the reasons to be concerned about the sexual risk taking behaviors of both young women and young men is paramount to continued success reducing teen pregnancy. In recent years, there is a growing acknowledgement of the need to include young men in prevention efforts. However, to date said acknowledgement has not yet led to a deeper understanding of the complexities of involving males nor has it resulted in more meaningful inclusion of young men in prevention programming.

Let's face it, despite our (best) efforts the narrative around teen pregnancy prevention in our country remains very female centric. What are the unique needs of young men? What types of interventions are attractive to them? How must our delivery and lexicon change when talking to young men as opposed to young women? Research and programmatic experience collected by the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy through a variety of mechanisms is starting to shed some light on the answers to these questions. This presentation will begin to explore findings from focus groups, interviews and program exit data with young men in an attempt to begin a more thoughtful dialogue inclusive of female and male voices.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate the sexual risk taking behavior of young men as compared to their female peers and understand the dynamics of differences within these data Describe multiple reasons why, to date, young men have not been involved in prevention programming and outreach strategies (i.e. contraceptive access) in an effective manner Identify the importance of including conversations about young men and their needs in our ongoing communication about teen pregnancy prevention.

Keyword(s): Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Male Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: For the past 13 years I have worked in the field of adolescent health in a variety of capacities including program implementer, project manager, management and now CEO of a large statewide organization. My education in two schools of public health (Coastal Carolina, University of South Carolina) and experience gained have positioned me to deliver this presentation.
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.