The Time is Now: Adolescent Friendly Reproductive Health Care Webinar [Livetweeted]

Curious about updates to care standards around contraception and safer sex? Here are notes from a webinar (for medical folks, but useful to more people) overviewing key evidence-based practices which streamline reproductive health services for adolescents + giving data on what teens need/are doing!

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  1. Speakers:

    Erica Gibson, M.D., & Judy Lipshutz, MSW, RN, NYPATH
    Heilbrunn Dept. of Population & Family Health, Columbia University
  2. (Pssst, NYPATH is doing some awesome work, so definitely check them out._
  3. Topics that were covered include:

    Quick Start Contraceptive Initiation
    Emergency Contraception
    Pregnancy Testing
    Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCS)
    Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT)
    STI Treatment
  4. ^ The latest comparative stats were from 2008.
  5. ^ What is the YRBS, though?

  6. A nationwide tool used by states and local school districts to look at health risks and behaviors of middle and high school youth in the United States. It's administered as a voluntary, anonymous, self-administered paper survey every other Spring ("odd-numbered years" as per the CDC website) for youth in schools. Then, "results are released in the summer of the following year."

    Though this webinar focused on the sexuality-related findings, the YRBS examines various categories of adolescent behavior: "behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection; alcohol and other drug use; tobacco use; unhealthy dietary behaviors; inadequate physical activity. In addition, the YRBS assesses obesity, overweight, and asthma."
  7. But, aha, the YRBS leaves out certain communities!

  8. Correct. Something this webinar clarified, which is important to mention, is that these are stats that leave teens who are: homeschooled, out of school systems, incarcerated, in private schools, and those living in Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington (because those states don't administer the YRBS),

    Additionally, "The YRBS questionnaire is not available in languages other than English. The YRBS questionnaire was designed to be administered in a school setting. Therefore, it is important to consider the language used in regular classrooms. If testing in subjects such as math or social studies is conducted in English, it may not be necessary to translate the YRBS questionnaire. Check with school officials before deciding whether or not translation is needed. However, YRBS questionnaires are in the public domain and may be freely translated and used in any language. No specific permission is required."

    So keep all that in mind when looking at the numbers. If you're a research and data geek, you can check their most recent publication on their methodology here.
  9. ^ "sexually active" is defined as having sex within the last 3 months
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