In 2014, males represented only 8.7% of unduplicated clients served by New York State Department of Health’s (NYS DOH) family planning provider network. There is no doubt that males play an integral role in family planning, though they make up a minority of clients served in New York State family planning settings.
On March 16, 2016, the NYS COE convened the Male Services Institute in Troy, NY, to address the unmet reproductive healthcare needs of men. The Male Services Institute brought together nationally recognized faculty, with the goal of enhancing the capacity of New York State family planning providers to increase the provision of and improve services delivered to male clients.
A total of 80 administrators and clinical leaders were in attendance during this ground-breaking event. Speakers included: Michael Acosta, Assistant Director of the NYS DOH Bureau of Women, Infant and Adolescent Health; Dr. David Bell, Medical Director of New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Family Planning Program and the Young Men’s Clinic; Robert McKenna, Senior Public Health Advisor in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Sandy Rice, Vice President at Cardea Services.
Key highlights from the Male Services Institute included a Family Planning Benefit Program (FPBP) Question & Answer session with representatives from the NYS DOH Office of Health Insurance Programs (OHIP), and a review of scope of practice considerations for advanced practice clinicians at Title X settings. The Male Services Institute also allowed family planning providers to share and gain insights on how to address some of the systems challenges faced when seeking to expand services to males (e.g., provider comfort, community norms, creating a gender-neutral and welcoming environments for males), as well as learn about innovative approaches to increase services to men from national experts and their New York State peers. The NYS COE looks forward to providing continued training and technical support to family planning providers to increase their capacity to serve males as a priority population.
To access the Male Services Institute agenda and presentation slides, please click here.