The Guttmacher Exchange is a series of roundtable discussions addressing various issues relevant to the Institute’s work and current events. These sessions will seek to: educate, generate ideas, encourage critical thought and debate, and motivate participants to take action using what they have learned. They are appropriate for both the sexual and reproductive health community (including health care professionals, scientists, professors, advocates and other key decision makers) and new audiences in related fields outside of the sexual and reproductive health community that share a commitment to women’s health, social justice and human rights.
The sixth installment of the Guttmacher Exchange roundtable discussion series, “Dollars and Sense: The Impact of the Recession on Reproductive Health,” attracted 45 health care providers and administrators, program directors, researchers and advocates to discuss the recession’s impact on women’s contraceptive use and childbearing decisions and the role of publicly funded family planning providers in meeting the growing need for subsidized contraceptive care. Among the topics discussed were the role of community health centers in addressing the reproductive and other health needs of the growing number of uninsured Americans; how the recession is exacerbating existing health disparities between the poor and the better-off and among communities of color; and the important role health care reform will play in the current state of reproductive health services.
"Where Do Young People Learn about Sexual Health? Education Beyond the Classroom" attracted more than 75 sexuality educators, health care providers, researchers, advocates, program directors, and public health and policy experts to discuss sources of sexual health information outside of school-based settings used by young people. Among the topics addressed were the Internet as a resource, innovative peer education strategies, media messaging for at-risk youth, and programs that integrate sexuality and spirituality.
“The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Sexual and Reproductive Health,” a roundtable discussion organized by the Guttmacher Institute and the Family Violence Prevention Fund, attracted more than 70 health care providers, researchers, advocates, program directors and legal experts to discuss the impact of intimate partner violence on sexual and reproductive health. Among the topics addressed were the loss of control of personal reproductive health choices for women involved in violent relationships, best practices for providers to screen their patients, ways to encourage patient disclosure and strategies for countering misogynist attitudes that foster violence.
The third installment of the Guttmacher Exchange roundtable discussion series, In Their Own Right: Addressing Young Men’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs, brought together more than 50 health care providers, researchers, advocates, sexual health and educational program directors, peer and community educators and public health students to discuss this issue, with a particular focus on unplanned pregnancy, disease prevention, healthy relationships, masculinity, fatherhood and homophobia.