Overview and Inventory of HHS Efforts to Assist Incarcerated and Reentering Individuals and their Families . Family Planning Service Delivery Improvement Research — Sexual and Reproductive Health Outreach for Young Men of Color: A New Approach


Type of Activity: Research

Funding Mechanism:  Grant; Grantee initiated special focus

Total Available Funding:  $599,881 (for the 3 year project period)

Number of Awards: 1

Award Amount: $599,881 (for the 3 year project period)

Length of Project Period: 3 years; September 1, 2008 - August 31, 2011

Federal Partners: None

Summary: OPA is currently funding a research study being conducted by the Columbia University Health Sciences Center entitled, Sexual and Reproductive Health Outreach for Young Men of Color: A New Approach. The goal of the study is to improve sexual and reproductive health service delivery targeting men in several ways. First, it will explore the feasibility of integrating information, messages and linkages to sexual and reproductive health care into environments that meet men’s non-health related needs – namely workforce development programs. Second, it will examine the applicability of a capacity-building outreach model to increase utilization of sexual and reproductive health care by young men of color. Finally, it will incorporate sustainability as well as efficacy into the evaluation. One of the study sites is Exodus Transitional Community (ETC), a prison reentry program for men recently released from Federal prison. An intervention and referral protocol are being implemented and evaluated.

Background:  This activity was conceived as an approach to develop and refine a model of outreach to promote sexual and reproductive health to young men of color in partnership with workforce programs.

Examples of current grantees:  The Trustees of Columbia University

Location(s) of Projects:  Exodus Transitional Community; Young Men’s Clinic; and Helen B. Atkinson Community Health Center. All three project sites are in New York City

Evaluation Activities:  The investigators will evaluate the capacity-building intervention at the prison reentry program. Results are expected shortly after completion of the project period.

Future Prospects:  A manuscript will be prepared for publication to disseminate findings.


Diana Schneider
Director, Office of Research and Evaluation
Office of Population Affairs
Phone: (240) 453-2835
Email: Diana.Schneider@hhs.gov

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