EngenderHealth’s U.S. Programs Office develops innovative, science-based programs that support youth in making healthy choices, practicing healthy relationships, and preventing unplanned pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and interpersonal violence. Utilizing a varied approach, we provide training and technical assistance, curriculum development and adaptations, and research and evaluation. We aim to focus on innovative approaches that are rooted in evidence- and theory-based practices and that engage young people as experts in their own lives.
EngenderHealth’s U.S. Programs Office focuses on providing youth with comprehensive health education that is age-appropriate, medically accurate, inclusive, and engaging, covering a broad set of topics related to sexuality, including human development, healthy relationships, decision making, abstinence, contraception, disease prevention, and more. Our goal is to give students opportunities to learn and practice the crucial skills that they need to make responsible, healthy, and safe life decisions. We provide tools for youth to use in considering their choices within the context of the broader struggles, aspirations, desires, and needs that motivate their behaviors.
Self-Determination: We believe in providing opportunities for youth to take ownership over their own sexuality and sexual and reproductive health.
Quality: We deliver high-quality, factual, age-appropriate, and research-driven
programs, services, and information.
Innovation: We challenge the status quo with innovative approaches
Respect: We give respect to every person, every time.
Our Commitment to Challenging Gender Inequity
Since 1996, EngenderHealth has pioneered programs that challenge gender inequities and transform gender norms in ways that promote health and social justice (using gender-transformative strategies). For example, EngenderHealth’s Men As Partners® program engages men and boys to promote gender equality and prevent violence against women. This award-winning approach has been implemented in more than 30 countries across Asia and Africa and in the United States. EngenderHealth implements gender programs that purposefully promote equality among both men/boys and women/girls, with the understanding that both sexes need to be engaged in redefining gender norms within their communities. This gender-synchronized approach is unique, as most gender programs focus on just men or women. To date, we have implemented and evaluated successful gender-synchronized programs in Angola, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and the United States.