142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Improving Community Health and Prevention through the Reproductive and Sexual Health Priority Area

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014

Marjorie R. Sable, DrPH, MSW , School of Social Work, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO
This session will focus on the National Prevention Strategy (NPS) Priority Area of Reproductive and Sexual Health. Key recommendations from the NPS reproductive and sexual health include:

1) Increase use of preconception and prenatal care,
2) Support reproductive and sexual health services and support services for pregnant and parenting women,
3) Provide effective sexual health education especially for adolescents, and
4) Enhance early detection of HIV, viral hepatitis, and other STIs and improve linkage to care. (National Prevention Council, 2011)

Many communities and local health/ public health systems have been organizing to increase access to reproductive and sexual health care and to prevent unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases; however barriers persist and case studies are needed to identify lessons learned.

In this session, we will carry out an active, participant engaged discussion of focused topics that will inform the NPS leadership of possible areas for technical assistance resource development and shared learning. The focused topics for discussion are: (a) Building partnerships across sectors and diverse contexts (b) finding common ground, decision-making and power sharing (c) policy development at the local level (upstream and downstream issues and ripple effects); (d) enhancing capacities, mutual learning and sustainability. A brief summary of our shared understanding and common concerns will be reported back to the larger session for a response and future action from the national NPS leadership.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Discuss their position on facilitators and barriers to carrying out work at the local level to advance reproductive and sexual health. Identify common concerns and technical assistance / capacity needs for engaging in work to address reproductive and sexual health.

Keyword(s): Reproductive Health, Sexuality

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a senior member of the Public Health Social Work section and a leader in the Maternal and Child Health section.
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.