Young Men's Health and Teen Pregnancy Prevention

CAI is partnering with JSI to provide capacity building support to health care providers in addressing the sexual health care needs of young men age 15-19 in communities disproportionately affected by teen pregnancy. As part of this project, CAI is designing and delivering intensive training and technical assistance (TTA) to two health centers in North Carolina, Gaston County Health Department and Gaston Family (an FQHC), to implement best practices in addressing the sexual and reproductive health service (SRHS) needs of young men, including addressing gaps in knowledge about contraception. Evidence demonstrates that adolescent male sexual and reproductive health needs are often insufficiently addressed in health care settings, and that young men influence their partner's decision to use contraception1,2,3. This pilot aims to increase young men's knowledge about and access to SRHS, as well as improve providers' knowledge and implementation of best practices to increase the provision of SRH clinical services to young men.

The multi-year grant awarded by the CDC, Office of State, Territorial, Local, Tribal, and Support (OSTLTS) in collaboration with the Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) to develop and implement best practices to increase access to reproductive services among young men. Building on the work of the CDC Part A Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI), the lessons learned will be disseminated to other Part A grantees following the pilot.

1. Marcell, A., Wibbelsman, C., Seigel, W. and the Committee on Adolescence, (2011). Male adolescent sexual and reproductive health care. Pediatrics, 128(6): e1658-e1676.
2. Higgins, J., Popkin, R., and Santelli, S. (2012). Pregnancy ambivalence and contraceptive use among young adults in the United States. Perspectives on Reproductive Health, 44(4):236-243.
3. Widman, L., Welsh, D., McNulty, J., Little, K. (2006). Sexual communication and contraceptive use in adolescent dating couples. Journal of Adolescent Health, 39: 893-899.