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The importance of access to reproductive health care

“We need to ensure that the next generation is as healthy as possible,” says Odilia Bermudez, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine and Associate Professor of Nutrition, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. “And that their children and their grandchildren are also coming into this world healthy and happy.” Public health professionals have an important role to play in education and policy work surrounding reproductive health, including contraception, fertility, pregnancy, and birth. Nearly half of pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned, with higher rates among ethnic minority groups and low-income populations. Unintended pregnancies are associated with low birth weight, later initiation of prenatal medical care, and other health concerns for women and fetuses. In addition, they correlate with lower income … Read entire article »

Filed under: Prenatal Health, Prevention, Reproductive Health, Sex Education

Biased Sex Education in the United States

After significant outbreaks of sexually transmitted diseases among soldiers in World War I, the federal government became involved and allocated money to educate soldiers about gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia. In 1919, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Children’s Bureau suggested that soldiers would have benefited from learning about STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) during school. As a result in the 1920s, sex education began to be taught in public schools. Throughout the past century, sex education has become a hotly debated topic amongst legislators, public health officials, and state education boards. It is still a controversial subject, with people debating whether or not sex education mandates are constitutional, if sex education is appropriate for students, and what information should or should not be taught. Each state has its own policies about sex education in … Read entire article »

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