Male Involvement Program
Historically, men have not been a significant part of the reproductive health care movement. Most resources have focused on women, as part of pregnancy prevention strategies aimed at helping women improve contraception or prenatal care. The California Health Collaborative (CHC) received funding from the Office of Family Planning to develop and implement a Male Involvement Program (MIP) between January 01, 2005 to June 30, 2009. The program is designed to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies, while working with young men to raise awareness about the importance of men’s role in the prevention of unintended fatherhood, and to promote institutional changes that include males in all aspects of reproductive health care.
The MIP offers a ten-session curriculum based on the Círculo de Hombres Nobles (Circle of Noble Men) Male Responsibility Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program authored by Jerry Tello, and facilitated by CHC staff with young men in community settings. The curriculum is designed on the indigenous-culturally rooted concepts of El Jóven Noble (The Noble Young Man) and Hombres Jóvenes con Palabra (Young Men with Word). The program helps young men assume responsibility for themselves, their families, and their communities.
The focus of the MIP is to:
· Promote leadership in their community.
· Encourage positive sexual responsibility by promoting healthy decision making to prevent teen pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infections.
· Define manhood and male responsibility within a cultural context.
· Promote understanding of healthy relationships and the skills to establish and maintain them in a respectful way.
· Acknowledge and support young men who are making a positive contribution in their communities.
Teen Birthrates have dropped significantly in the past years. The drop in Teen Birthrates cannot be solely attributed to the California Health Collaborative MIP, but to the collaborative efforts of individuals, public entities, other Community Based Organizations, the faith community, and the schools, working together to fill the gaps and help our youth make responsible decisions about their sexual behavior, health and ultimately their future.
If you have any questions or need more information about California Health Collaborative Male Involvement Program, contact:
Evi Hernandez, Youth Services Director
Phone: (559) 244 - 4527
Rolando Valero, Youth Services Specialist
Phone: (559) 244 - 3612