Engaging Young Men in Clinical Services to Prevent Premature Fatherhood

Geographic Scope: Nationwide

Client(s): CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Services: Health Care & Public Health Planning, Training & Technical Assistance

Technical Expertise: Adolescent Health, Safety Net

JSI was chosen as one of 23 national organizations to help strengthen our nation’s capacity to deliver public health services by providing guidance, support, and technical assistance to state, tribal, local and territorial (STLT) health departments and other agencies supporting public health on the front lines. In fiscal year 2013, CDC will provide funding to these organizations dedicated to building capacity and improving public health systems, practices and services. One of the first projects that we conducted as part of our cooperative agreement is the Engaging Young Men project.

The CDC Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) has engaged JSI through the OSTLTS funding mechanism to assist in addressing points one and three of the definition. This will be accomplished through piloting an intervention with one selected community which will include the following activities:
1) An assessment of current practices to engage young in reproductive health services;
2) An assessment of challenges and barriers that young men experience in seeking these services; and
3) Test tools and intervention strategies to better engage young men through reproductive health services in order to prevent premature fatherhood.

The two strategies will focus on maximizing opportunities to provide reproductive health service to men already accessing clinical services [already in the door], or to increase the number men accessing service who are not currently accessing services within a clinical setting [getting them into the door].

JSI and partners will conduct the pilot with healthcare providers and young men in the selected one target community and then determine how applicable the findings are to other TPPI communities. The assessment activities will build upon the existing work, including the draft concept paper and extensive literature review, developed by CAI and JSI-Boston. The assessment activities will include quantitative and qualitative data collection among a diverse group of young men as well as their immediate social network, health care and social service providers, and key stakeholders. The key areas of interest for this project include: demographics, disparities, perceptions of unintended pregnancy, obstacles to and clinical-based resources for prevention.