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Sexual & Reproductive Health

We take a strength-based approach to empower individuals to make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. In some Native communities, particularly those that are rural and/or reservation-based, sexual/reproductive health education is not standardized school curriculum. Access to sexual/reproductive health care is challenged by long travel distances and confidentiality concerns. Rates of unintended teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Native communities are first and second highest in the U.S., respectively. Programs include culturally relevant education as well as personalized risk assessment and skills training. These programs are proven to work with priority subgroups including youth, young adults, and those with substance use. Programs include culturally relevant education as well as personalized risk assessment and skills training. These programs are proven to work with priority subgroups including youth, young adults, and those with substance use. We use innovative approaches to address known challenges such as self-testing for STIs and HIV, and partner with Indian Health Service and local schools, as well as regional and national allies to disseminate programming including Intertribal Council of Arizona, ETR & Associates (a behavioral health non-profit), and Healthy Native Youth.

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