Population Interventions and Young People’s Sexual and Reproductive Health

(2012; CIHR & Arizona State University)

Principal Investigator: Jean Shoveller

Co-Investigator(s): Sarah Cunningham-Burley; Rod Knight; Jason Robert

The purpose of this study was to support the establishment of a new research agenda regarding population-level interventions and young people’s health. The study focused on interventions devoted to identifying and/or ameliorating risk regarding young people’s sexual and reproductive health. We brought together an interdisciplinary team of researchers and trainees from Canada, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US) to inform substantive areas of enquiry in young people’s sexual and reproductive health research. We focused the scope of our activities on interventions that identify and/or ameliorate risk regarding young people’s sexual and reproductive health, including the following case examples: (1) STI/HIV testing; (2) HPV vaccinations; (3) male circumcision; (4) reproductive genetic counselling; and (5) counselling and provision of long-acting reversible contraception.

The objectives of the study were to:
1) Develop a scoping paper to identify knowledge gaps related to the theorization and operationalization of the principles and values of reducing inequity and improving equity and to use the results of that gaps analysis to inform a new research agenda that will advance population-level interventions to support young people’s health.
2) Draw together ideas identified in the scoping paper at an International Workshop to examine similarities and differences in existing intervention approaches (e.g., population approach) and how these frameworks might exacerbate or attenuate the impacts of the health of young people living in various socio-cultural and political contexts.
3) Identify and establish research partnerships to help launch a new research agenda focused on equity-enhancing interventions to promote young people’s health.
4) Develop at least one research proposal to a funding body.

Total: $25,000