Reproductive and Sexual Health: Know Your Rights
Nearly half of unplanned pregnancies in 2014 occurred among Latinas ages 14 to 44. Experiencing an unplanned pregnancy at any age can have significant adverse consequences for women. It can alter the course of a woman’s life, negatively impact her family’s health and her (and her family’s) financial stability. Immigrants in California have the right to access a broad range of confidential sexual and reproductive health services whether they have Medi-Cal, private health insurance, are uninsured, or are undocumented immigrants. Some of those benefits and protections are afforded by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The fact that Latinas face such high rates of unintended pregnancy in a state as progressive as California is troubling and demonstrates that much work remains to be done to ensure that current policies provide meaningful access to reproductive health services for Latinas and other women of color.
This workshop will arm promotores with the information they need to increase awareness about reproductive health rights in their communities and better serve as a resource for community members about how to access these sensitive services. The activity will include best practices for discussing reproductive life plans with patients and tips to educate parents on how to talk with their children about sexual health.
- Describe the sexual and reproductive health care rights available to all Californians, regardless of immigration status.
- Describe how they can educate others about accessing confidential reproductive health services.
- Discuss reproductive health information for parents to begin sexual health discussions with their children.