Waikiki Health Center’s Male Achievement Network (MAN) Program
By Misty Pacheco and Candice Radner
Family Health Services Division, Maternal and Child Health Branch
Hawaii Department of Health
As part of the Federal Title X Family Planning Program, Waikiki Health Center’s Youth Outreach Center is implementing the Male Achievement Network (MAN) Program. MAN is an ongoing skill-based health education program for males most likely to be engaging in high-risk behaviors.
The goal of MAN is to prevent unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS through male involvement and education. In addition to family planning and contraceptive knowledge, MAN participants receive training in the development of communication skills and self-sufficiency in preventive health care, including consistent condom use for males and consistent contraceptive use for females.
Pre-tests and post-tests are administered to measure that services provided are in accordance with planned outcome measures. During the first and second quarters of Fiscal Year 2009, 39 participants were given a pre/post test. Of those 39, 100% demonstrated increased knowledge and healthier attitudes regarding sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy prevention, enhancing communication skills, lifestyle behaviors, and the use of condoms as a result of training. During the third quarter, 29 tests were administered and 62% of participants showed an increase in knowledge gained.
To date for Fiscal Year 2009, the MAN project has directly reached 3,403 participants through 275 training sessions. Training sessions are conducted in a variety of environments. These sites include the Youth Outreach Center located in the heart of Waikiki and an extension of a community health center which targets homeless and transient populations; Hawaii State Detention Home for youth; a high school; and a substance abuse treatment center. Initial encounters (particularly with male clients) often result when individuals are concerned with sexually transmitted disease exposure which in turn motivates a clinical visit for screening. Program strategies used by health educators and medical providers include trust building and relationship development to support ongoing managed care.
For more information on this project contact Misty Pacheco, Family Planning Health Educator.