Landmark Report Outlines Sexual Health Services for Men
We’re very pleased to let you know that this week the Male Training Center for Family Planning and Reproductive Health. released Preventive Male Sexual and Reproductive Health Care: Recommendations for Clinical Practice. The recommendations were developed jointly by Johns Hopkins experts and the federally funded Male Training Center. The report’s lead author, Arik V. Marcell, MD, MPH, an adolescent medicine expert at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, is also the co-chair of the Steering Committee that produced the Partnership’s Health Provider Toolkit for Adolescent and Young Adult Males.
The goal of the Recommendations for Clinical Practice document is to describe best practice recommendations for the organization and delivery of preventive clinical sexual and reproductive health services for reproductive-aged males. The document is intended for all levels of staff in clinical settings that offer services for male clients from adolescence through adulthood. Specifically, the document can serve as a guide in determining what clinical preventive sexual and reproductive health services for males should be provided or improved and examples of how to do so. Further, these recommendations for standards of care may be useful to a variety of other stakeholders, including insurers, by setting coverage standards for male clinical services as well as policy makers and advocates.
“These sexual and reproductive health recommendations are another important step toward advancing the overall health of adolescent and young adult males,which is the mission of the Partnership for Male Youth,” said Dennis Barbour, executive director of the Partnership. “These recommendations compliment and extend the information contained in our Health Provider Toolkit for Adolescent and Young Adult Males. We hope they will energize our efforts to expand knowledge in this area through greater research and the development of clinical guidelines and recommendations supported by that research,” he said.
The Male Training Center will host a webinar that outlines the recommendations and steps for implementation. The webinar, on October 3, 2014 from 12 Noon to 1:30pm EDT, will feature Dr. Marcell and other members of the Male Training Center Advisory Board. Registration for the webinar can be found here.
The Partnership for Male Youth has emerged from the health related work of The Boys Initiative, a young nonprofit organization. In late 2012 the Initiative began researching the state of health care for adolescent and young adult (AYA) males, with an eye toward developing solutions to improve their health. After an extensive literature search and discussions with over 100 individuals from a range of medical disciplines, and under the guidance of a multidisciplinary medical advisory board, the Initiative developed a groundbreaking resource for health care providers that the Partnership released in January 2014: the Health Provider Toolkit for Adolescent and Young Adult Males.