Date of Graduation

Summer 8-26-2015

Document Type

Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Courtney Keeler

Abstract

Many women regard family planning clinics as their first entry point into the health care system, and one they consider their usual source of care. Each year, publicly funded family planning services prevent 1.94 million unintended pregnancies, including 400,000 teen pregnancies (Guttmacher Institute, 2010). Services such as birth control and pregnancy counseling, women’s annual visits and STI testing all prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, which improve health outcomes for infants, women and their families. Research has indicated that unintended pregnancy has negative health and economic consequences that can be prevented through health education and services provided by publically funded family planning clinics.

This paper examines fieldwork at the City of Berkeley Public Health Clinic that provides family planning services to the diverse population of Berkeley, California. The main objective of the fieldwork project was to develop sexual health education skills and to create a sexual health-training curriculum that can be used to educate the public about sexual health topics.

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