142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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A southern state's perspective on involving young men in the reproductive health conversation

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 3:30 PM - 3:50 PM

Forrest Alton, MSPH, CHES , South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Columbia, SC
The need to involve young men in programming aimed at preventing teen pregnancy is well documented and often discussed.  Despite such interest, little is actually known about the effectiveness of programs for young men.  Further, there is confusion about who is the actual “target” of said interventions and programs.  The population of teen boys is often not synonymous with the population of males who are the fathers of children born to teen mothers.  This session will explore this dynamic through the lens of teen birth data (and paternity identification) retrieved from a southern state.  The session will also explore strategies currently underway in one southern state to better understand gender differences in teen pregnancy prevention programming; identify the impact of wide-scale LARC promotion on sexual health services being delivered to young men; and, to better engage the fathers of the children of teen mothers. 

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Identify the population of young men who are identified as the fathers of children of teen mothers Explain the impact on young men of increased LARC promotion Understand the need to involve young men more in the process of marketing sexual health services Describe strategies being used in one southern state to attempt to better engage the fathers of children born to teen mothers

Keyword(s): Health Promotion and Education, Teen Pregnancy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked in the field of adolescent health and specifically teen pregnancy prevention since 2000. Over that time I have held a variety of positions in multiple agencies including serving as the CEO of the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy since 2007. This professional experience combined with my educational background and advanced degrees in public health make me uniquely qualified to give 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.