Adolescence is a time of major transition physically, emotionally, and socially. Healthy sexuality is an important part of adolescent development, and primary health care providers play a key role in helping young people develop healthy routines, behaviors, and relationships that they can carry into their adult lives. While most adolescents at this stage of life are thriving, many of them have difficulty navigating this transition, particularly understanding that risky behavior taking can jeopardize their health during these formative years and can contribute to poor health outcomes in adulthood. The information on this Web site is designed for primary care providers to assist and support in the delivery of sexual and reproductive health services to adolescents and young adults. It provides guidance on recommended services, approaches to addressing important clinical issues, and resources for your patients and their families on how to optimize the health of adolescents and young adults and reduce risk taking behaviors.
Adolescent sexual and reproductive health | UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund
The COVID pandemic has wreaked havoc on health systems, led to a global economic shutdown, and upended life as we know it. As the virus spreads at alarming rates, the fallout has spanned the globe and revealed the ill-preparedness of governments, health systems, and social safety networks to respond to the longstanding and emerging needs of people worldwide, especially relating to the health and rights of women and girls. While the global response has rightly focused on containing the virus and treating the infected, it has also illustrated gaps in our existing approach to sexual and reproductive health care and articulated the need to embrace a comprehensive approach to health care long after the crisis ends. This is not unique to the COVID outbreak; existing inequalities and policies of discrimination are often exacerbated during crisis with widespread and severe consequences of women, girls, and LGBTQI people.
We provide primary care to adolescents and young adults as well as specialized care in sexual and reproductive health , gender issues , and eating disorders. Our goal is to offer inclusive, welcoming health care that supports the physical and emotional well-being of our patients. Our team includes physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, nutritionists, administrative staff, and researchers—all specializing in the care of adolescents and young adults. We offer a complete range of services. Call to make an appointment.
Social distancing and limited access to contraceptive and abortion care during the COVID pandemic is affecting the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and young adults according to a new study by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Rutgers University. The researchers address how these challenges, as well as peer and romantic relationships, are being navigated. The findings are published in the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.