Males are encouraged to participate in family planning and reproductive health
services. Male partners are encouraged to be involved and accompany their
partners during their family planning visits. Men are eligible for the same
subsidized family planning services as women.
Since the mid-1990's, the Office of Population Affairs/Office of Family Planning
(OPA/OFP) has emphasized family planning/reproductive health programs that
offer information and services for males. The OPA/OFP male initiative is
intended to integrate family planning services and education into programs
where males are presently receiving community services. For more information,
about the male initiative www.osophs.dhhs.gov .
MALE INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS IN HAWAII
- Male Achievement Network Program (MAN)
Since 1998, the Waikiki Health Center Youth Outreach Program,
in contract with the Family Planning Program conducts the Male Achievement
Network Program (MAN) targetting street youth. Group educational curriculum
activities assist youth to increase health knowledge and skills to practice
healthy sexual behaviors and to prevent unwanted pregnancies and
sexually transmitted diseases. These activities support the empowerment
of young men and explore how family and peer beliefs, community and
culture influence their health behavior. MAN expanded its programs to
include alternative schools, youth detention centers, and other hard-to-reach
youth in communities on Oahu.
- Hawaii Coalition for Dads
This is a group of individuals and organizations under the umbrella
of Parents and Children Together (PACT). The Hawaii Coalition for Dads shares
information about services for fathers and promotes involved, nurturing,
responsible fatherhood. This includes a focus on early preventive health care.
For more information, contact PACT at 847-3285.
- Teen Voices through Maui Family Support Services
Teen Voices is a free pregnancy prevention, prenatal support
and parenting program for female and male Maui Teens. Services include: Presentations
on pregnancy prevention for intermediate and high school levels; presentations and support
for pregnant and parenting GRADS students; After school Teen support for teenage fathers
and fathers-to-be. Services are confidential!
For more information, contact Ave Diaz, Program Coordinator at phone: 242-0900 ext. 266 (Maui).
(OPA/OFP) funding engaged over 20 community agencies in this conference
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