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Issue: 5
November 2016
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NCSH Releases New Guide for Healthcare Providers
I n October, the NCSH's Health Care Action Group released Sexual Health and Your Patients: A Provider's Guide. Primary care providers can use this guide to better integrate sexual health conversations and related preventive sexual health services into routine adolescent and adult visits. It features tables and charts to help providers easily find key information, and was pre-tested with primary care providers. The guide was created to help providers who are not already addressing sexual health, but can also be useful to providers already working in sexual health-related areas (e.g., STD clinics, family planning).

By using this guide, providers can:
*    Streamline their sexual history-taking by asking a few essential questions 
*    Increase their delivery of recommended preventive sexual health services
*    Improve care for LGBT patients
*    Be better prepared to discuss sexual health topics and answer patient questions
*    Become more knowledgeable about sexual health

Please help us promote this new resource! 
Fourth Annual NCSH Meeting
The NCSH held its fourth annual meeting on September 9th,  2016 in Washington, DC. The meeting featured:
 
*    Opening remarks by Dr. Gail Bolan, Director, Division of STD Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

*    A dynamic two-part panel, Promoting Healthy Masculinity, Engaging Boys and Men, Improving Sexual Health that was designed to increase understanding of prevailing male gender norms and how those norms affect men, women, and society, including sexual health and healthcare-seeking behavior; and to offer practical solutions to help promote healthy masculinity. Deborah Arrindell, Vice President, Health Policy at the American Sexual Health Association moderated the panel. The speakers were Amber Madison, author and sexuality educator; Magaly Marques, Deputy Director, U.S. Programs at Promundo; Dr. Arik Marcell, Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University; and, Dr. Amy Schalet, Associate Professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

*    An update of recent work by the Communications Action Group (CAG) and Health Care Action Group (HCAG).

*    Small group discussions to brainstorm potential future directions for the NCSH. Led by a professional moderator, this session captured members' early thinking about the unique and valuable role(s) the NCSH can play to promote and improve sexual health.
 
Attendees also participated in CAG and HCAG work sessions. Presentations from the meeting are available here, and you can read a full recap of the event here.  
 
The NCSH regularly works with the media to promote sexual health content. Since March 2016, NCSH has secured twenty stories generating up to 191 million audience impressions in leading national outlets, including Self.com, Elite Daily, Bustle, Shape/Fitness, Refinery29, Blackdoctor.org, and Womenshealth.com. The NCSH has formed a new collaboration with Elite Daily, which reaches 17.5 million monthly, on a six-part series relating to STIs. Also, through our content partnership with Refinery29, which has an estimated monthly reach of six million, we placed two in-depth features authored by NCSH member Amber Madison: "Ten Things to Know if You Want to Stop Using Condoms," and "Dating with Herpes: Your 10-Step Guide."
Latino Initiative Update
The Health Care Action Group (HCAG) has finished culturally adapting and translating Take Charge of Your Sexual Health: What you need to know about preventive services, which is the NCSH's consumer guide, into Spanish. Representatives from the National Council of La Raza, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), and California Latinas for Reproductive Justice worked closely with the NCSH on this initiative. The translated guide was pre-tested over the summer with Spanish-language dominant adults aged 20-39 to assess cultural relevance, clarity, and usefulness, as well as wording preferences and preferences in format. The NCSH is now preparing to launch a national media campaign in early 2017 to promote the guide. Stay tuned!