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By the time most American adolescents reach the age of 13 they’ve stopped seeing a pediatrician – over 80% of all pediatric visits are by children under 13. For females 13 and over, however, gynecologists typically become their new health care provider, or “gatekeeper”, relatively seamlessly – it is recommended that they begin seeing a gynecologist between 13 and 15 years of age.  For males, however, there is no similar continuity of care. On the whole, with the exception of episodic school exams, sports physicals and visits to the ER, once they leave the pediatrician’s office adolescent and young adult (AYA) males are left outside of our health care system.
Yet, according to the most recent data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adolescent and young adult (AYA) males, or those between the ages of 10 and 26, are at higher risk than their female contemporaries for:
It’s not surprising, therefore, that males do not become reunited with our health care system until they suffer from an acute or chronic illness later in life. Ironically, some of those illnesses are caused by a lack of preventive care in the intervening years.
In 2011 a number of nationally renowned health experts began to discuss this issue seriously with an eye toward developing solutions. Coming from a variety of health care specialties and disciplines, these individuals had written about or conducted research relating to AYA male health.
Led by this small group, over a two year period beginning in 2011 an interview-based needs assessment process was undertaken. The findings of that assessment were strong and unequivocal: AYA male health care needs to, and can be, improved, and leadership needs to emerge to make that happen.
Based on these findings, in late 2013 The Partnership for Male Youth was founded, with the sole mission of advancing the health and wellbeing of AYA males. By mid-2014 the Partnership had grown to become a network and collaboration of 22 national health related organizations and six federal agencies that reflect the interprofessional character of AYA male health. Today it is an independent Washington, DC based IRS Section 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It has an extensive communications network and social media presence and is becoming known as the national leader on AYA male health issues.
Today the Partnership is the only national organizations whose sole focus is on advancing the health and wellbeing of AYA males. The work of the Partnership has a very specific focus on what it characterizes as the “Double U’s” – for the terms unique and unmet. Many other national organizations address adolescent health issues either in non-sex specific ways, or, if they do address adolescent health issues in a sex specific way, only in terms of females. What makes the work of the Partnership distinct from and of added value to these efforts is the fact that it focuses on the health care needs of AYA males that are both unique to their sex and unmet.
The mission of the Partnership is accomplished through six principle endeavors: