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Family Planning Population Health Environment Projects

Understanding the broad range of actors in the family planning landscape is critical to improving program advocacy and implementation. Staff at family planning organizations may be quite familiar with Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) and the High Impact Practices for Family Planning (HIPs), but not all members of the Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) community of practice are familiar with how to leverage FP2020 and the HIPs to implement and advocate for PHE projects. To bridge this gap, the PACE Project hosted an Africa PHE quarterly webinar with Jason Bremner (director, Data Performance and Management, FP2020) and Caitlin Thistle (technical advisor, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, USAID). Smita Gaith (policy analyst, PRB) moderated.

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The more social ties people have at an early age, the better their health in young adulthood and old age, according to a 2016 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Their study was the first to definitively link social connections with specific health measures such as abdominal obesity, inflammation, and high blood pressure—all of which increase the risk of disease, including heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

Baby Boomers and Millennials Boost Population in Parts of Rural America

January 2017: Article Two demographic groups—young adults ages 20 to 34 and older adults ages 65 and older—are reshaping the population in rural America. Changes in the U.S. economy have attracted young adults to rural areas rich in natural resources away from smaller metropolitan and nearby nonmetropolitan areas. The older adult population, on the other hand, has grown rapidly in areas with strong ties to recreation—areas with robust entertainment industries or natural amenities such as mountains, lakes, and forests—many of which are in less-populated areas.

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What’s Next for Integrated Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) and Family Planning?

The policies of U.S. presidential administrations can influence foreign assistance funding and implementation, particularly around family planning and reproductive health. In light of the November U.S. presidential election, on Dec. 13 the PACE Project hosted an Africa PHE quarterly webinar with guest speaker, Teresa Casale, senior advocacy associate at PAI, to discuss how President-elect Donald Trump’s administration may impact U.S. government global funding for family planning and reproductive health.

Using Technology to Prevent Dating Violence and Improve College Safety

December 2016: Event At a recent symposium at Johns Hopkins University, researchers and policy advocates described how technology can be both a tool to perpetrate and to prevent sexual violence. They explored research on the prevalence of sexual violence on college campuses and examined evidence on technology-based prevention strategies, including smartphone apps to help avert dating violence and connect victims with assistance.

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Youth Advocates for Family Planning

As part of a project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Population Reference Bureau (PRB) has been supporting the Young Ambassadors for family planning from the nine member states of the Ouagadougou Partnership (OP). Launched in 2011, the OP focuses on meeting unmet family planning needs in its nine member states in francophone West Africa, which have collectively pledged to add 2.2 million more family planning users between 2015 and 2020.

Existing Data Show Increase in Married Same-Sex U.S. Couples

December 2016: Article The number of married same-sex couples in the United States has increased dramatically in recent years. In June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in every U.S. state. Married same-sex couples totaled an estimated 486,000 by October 2015, representing 45 percent of all same-sex couples, up from the 2013 level of 230,000 married same-sex couples, 21 percent of the total.

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Intimate Partner Violence and Family Planning

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University. Developed for this 25th anniversary of the campaign, this infographic explores the intersection of intimate partner violence and family planning.

Activism Against Gender Based Violence

November 2016: Event Begun in 1991, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, commemorated around the world with activities from November 25—International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women—through December 10—International Human Rights Day—symbolically linking violence against women and human rights, thus emphasizing that such violence is a human rights violation.

Poverty and Inequality Pervasive in Two-Fifths of U.S. Counties

November 2016: Article Over the past two decades, inequality and poverty have both become more pervasive in U.S. counties. PRB’s analysis shows that counties are often doubly disadvantaged—experiencing high levels of inequality in combination with high poverty rates. Orleans Parish, Louisiana, home to the Port of New Orleans (pictured above), is an example of a high-inequality, high-poverty county.

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