In 2014, 8.7% of all unduplicated clients served by New York State Department of Health-funded family planning providers were males, indicating a key area of opportunity for the New York State family planning provider community. The Office of Populations Affairs (OPA) now requires that projects funded by the Title X National Family Planning Program provide education and services to male clients. However, there are many programmatic and clinical implications to serving this core population more robustly.
Integrating males into the Title X setting requires family planning providers to restructure their clinic environments and train staff on evidence-based and best practices in male services provision, as well as conduct targeted community outreach and in-reach. In response, the New York State Center of Excellence for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services (NYS COE) convened a one-day Male Services Institute with nationally recognized faculty to deliver separate tracks for clinicians and administrators.
The Male Services Institute featured a panel of nationally-recognized subject-matter experts who shared lessons-learned and best practices related to delivering male services that are in-line with standards outlined in OPA’s Providing Quality Family Planning Services. As a result of the Male Services Institute, participants were able to:
- Explore the rationale for integrating male services into Title X family planning programs
- Review best practices for delivering male services that are in-line with standards outlined in the Providing Quality Family Planning Services (QFP) recommendations
- Analyze lessons-learned from family planning programs that have successfully integrated male services
- Recognize how to utilize the Family Planning Benefit Program (FPBP) to cover family planning services delivered to eligible males