Last night, PAI hosted an event in Albuquerque, New Mexico focused on teen pregnancy and adolescent reproductive health in New Mexico and internationally. The panel event featured speakers from the New Mexico Teen Pregnancy Coalition, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy and Pathfinder International and was moderated by PAI’s Vice President of Programs, Elisha Dunn-Georgiou.
Although we often think of domestic and international issues as separate, it was clear from the panel presentations and discussions after the event that young people around the world face similar challenges accessing youth-friendly reproductive health services. Stigma and discrimination are just two of the barriers discussed that young people must overcome.
Despite these challenges, Pathfinder International and New Mexico Teen Pregnancy Coalition are working on innovative ways to improve health outcomes for young people. As part of the GREAT project, Pathfinder International was involved in creating games that address gender norms and teach young people about reproductive health. The New Mexico Teen Pregnancy Coalition has been working with local leaders to address the specific needs in their communities.
Overall, the event was successful in bringing together technical experts, students and local advocates to share ideas for improving access to reproductive health services both in the United States and abroad.