California Core Comps for Providers of Adolescent Sex and Reproductive Programs (2008)

This guide includes Core Competencies for adult providers and educators of adolescent sexual and reproductive health to deliver effective, sensitive and appropriate programs and services.

Programs and agencies might use the Core Competencies to:

  • guide the hiring, training, development and evaluation of staff
  • increase collaboration and cross training between agencies
  • support consistent health outcomes for adolescents
  • ensure that all programs are grounded in shared body of knowledge and skills

Click here to read more.

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Chicago Women’s Health Center

This website is the CWHC’s website. It describes the services they offer including:

  • counseling
  • acupuncture
  • massage
  • gynecology check ups

They offer sliding scale.

This site is useful for those that do not have insurance, students, and anyone who is in need of holistic medical care.

Click here to visit the website.

 

How the Reproductive Justice Movement Can be Allies to Girls, Young Women and Transgender People involved in the sex trade and street economy

These are tips for working with young folks in the sex trade.

  • support the work of organizations that are led by youth in the sex trade and do not just merely “speak for or represent” the community
  • do not ask for their “story”. they will share it with you when they are ready.
  • they are not all just “victims” and/or “empowered. let them identify as they choose, do not choose for them.
  • stay away from using the word prostitute or trafficking. let them choose what word they want to use to describe their own experiences. using sex trade is better.

Click here to read the rest of the tips.

Characteristics of Parents of Sexually Healthy Adolescents (1995)

This is a list of characteristics that understanding parents have.

It lists:

  • respecting the young person
  • finding resources and educational materials to share with the young person.
  • seeking additional help when needed
  • talking about sexuality in an open manner with the young person
  • check in with young person about their life, dating life and partners

To read the entire list click here.

“‘It’s Way Out Of My League’: Low-Income Women’s Experiences of Medicalized Infertility.” (2009)

This article speaks to how women of lower SES (social economic status) have less access to fertility treatment. The author then goes on to say that this is partly because of the notion that women of color are always fertile and always making more babies. Women of color of lower SES are left out of the conversation. Women of color are more likely to have access to sterilization than fertility treatments. Middle class women have more access to fertility treatments.

This is a good article for medical professionals, clinics, nurses, and abortion clinics.

Click here to read the article.

“Sexual and Reproductive Freedom for Asian American Women.” In Asian American Women: Issues, Concerns, and Responsive Human and Civil Rights Advocacy, (2003)

This chapter is about Asian American women and the obstacles that stand in the way of their sexual freedom. The chapter talks about how speaking about sex is a very taboo subject in most Asian American communities so there is very little talk about Asian American women’s reproductive and sexual life. Many resources are not culturally competent and do not include such things as squat birthing, which is an option among the Asian American community.  The chapter ends by making recommendations.

Click here to read the chapter.

 

Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center. Reproductive Justice Agenda, 2001.

This report is from a gathering of indigenous women that came together in South Dakota to talk about their reproductive justice rights and agenda. From this gathering they created the Agenda for Native Women’s Reproductive Justice. Some of the things listed in the agenda are:

  • sexuality and reproduction education
  • right to safe and affordable abortions
  • right to north safe deliveries

At the end of the report you will find the authors of the agenda.

This report is helpful for those who want to know more about Native American/Indigenous reproductive justice advocates and supporters during the early 1900s.

Click here to read the full report.

 

“Because Words Are Not Enough: Latina Re-Visionings of Transnational Collaborations Using Health Promotion for Gender Justice and Social Change.” (2005)

This article talks about the creation of Nuestros Cuerpos, Nuestras Vidas and how Latinas were originally left out of the book. It talks about whether Latinas are considered “third world feminists” or US feminists. There is a long list of tools and information at the end that can be used by organizations working with Latinas on reproductive justice.

Click here to read the whole article.

Young Women Speak Out – Perspectives and Implications of Reproductive Health, Rights & Justice Policies. (2010)

This report focuses on focus groups that were conducted with Latinas. Latinas were asked about family communication and sexual health education.

  • All Latina women should have access to healthcare in their language and providers must be culturally competent
  • Young Latina mothers shall have access to education and finishing their degrees
  • The government should provide resources to young Latina mothers so they can be the main educators of sexual health for their children

This report is useful to teachers working with young mothers in their classrooms & health care providers working with Latinas. It also useful to counselors, school nurses and health educators and promoters.

Click here to read the report.

Adolescents, Protecting: Ensuring Access to Care and Reporting Sexual Activity and Abuse

This reference guide was created in 2004 by the American Academy of Family Physicians.  It is a reference guide that provides information as a key for health professionsl to ensure that adolescents have access to the health services they need.  It includes sexual and reproductive health services information.

  • Sexual activity and sexual abuse are not synonymous. It should not be assumed that adolescents who are sexually active are, by definition, being abused. Many adolescents have consensual sexual relationships.
  • It is critical that adolescents who are sexually active receive appropriate confidential health care and counseling.
  • Open and confidential communication between the health professional and the adolescent patient, together with careful clinical assessment, can identify the majority of sexual abuse cases.
  • Physicians and other health professionals must know their state laws and report cases of sexual abuse to the proper authority, in accordance with those laws, after discussion with the adolescent and parent, as appropriate.
  • Federal and state laws should support physicians and other health care professionals and their role in providing confidential health care to their adolescent patients.
  • Federal and state laws should affirm the authority of physicians and other health care professionals to exercise appropriate clinical judgment in reporting cases of sexual activity.

Click here to read more about providing the best care for adolescents

 

Our Issues: Abortion Access

The 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision was a victory. Still not all women have access to an abortion. There are many hindrances that stand in the way of Latinas and other women of color including: language, class and immigration status. The Hyde Amendment passed in 1977 meaning that abortion was not covered for those with Medicaid. This affected many women of color and working class women.

  • Abortion access if you have Medicaid is limited.
  • Latina women have higher rates of abortion at 25% compared to white women at 18%

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for the 26 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications. Check out the article here.

Illinois HIV Care Connect

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Illinois HIV Care Connect is a program of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), which is responsible for administering Part B of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. Illinois HIV Care Connect is a comprehensive network of health care and support services for HIV+ individuals that is coordinated by eight regional administrative offices covering all of Illinois’ 102 counties. IDPH also supports the AIDS Drug Assistance Program and the Continuation of Health Insurance Coverage Program.

To learn more about the education materials, resources, and statistics the Illinois HIV Care Connect offers, click here.

Go Ask Alice!

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Go Ask Alice! is Columbia University’s health Q&A Internet resource. There are six category pages of questions answered —Alcohol & Other Drugs, Emotional Health, Fitness and Nutrition, General Health, Relationships, and Sexual and Reproductive Health. The goal of Go Ask Alice! is to keep readers inquisitive, informed, and healthy.

This resource is good for educators, young people who have questions, and organizations that work with young people. This resource is also valuable to parents.

To read more about Go Ask Alice! click here. 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC 24/7: Saving Lives. Protecting People.™

CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats. CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same. To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention also has an online dictionary of different health and medical concerns. For each medical concern, CDC provides statistics, materials, information on vaccinations, references, facts about the disease, graphs, links, etc.

To read more about CDC, click here.

Answer: Sex Ed, Honestly

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Answer provides honest, accurate answers about sex in response to the many questions teens and adult professionals have about this complex topic. Answer has provided high-quality training to teachers and other youth-serving professionals. Answer also uses peer-to-peer communication to offer sexuality education directly to teens through the teen-written Sex, Etc. magazine and website.

To find out more about Answer, click here.