‘MyVoice: Texting with America’s Youth to Improve Health and Well-being’ was the topic of the keynote address for the annual meeting of the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG), held recently in Toronto.

Tammy Chang, M.D., M.P.H., M.S. presented the address, explaining MyVoice is a game-changer for primary care researchers as it bridges the gap between research and impact, “transforming the way research is designed, analyzed, and disseminated to meet the needs of youth today.”

Several teams served as NAPCRG presenters from the MyVoice project and the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine, covering a wide range of topics.

Here are the other topics covered by the MyVoice team, with the presenters listed:

Oral Sex: Knowledge and Perceptions of a National Sample of Youth Age 14-24

Conclusions: Youth report several modifiable barriers to increasing the use of protection during oral sex including more education regarding the risks, improving access to protection during oral sex, and adjusting cultural norms to make navigating the use of protection easier for youth. These findings suggest that youth-serving organizations, educators and medical professionals have the opportunity to reduce the risks of oral sex by engaging youth in conversations regarding safe oral sex practices.

Arianna Strome, Sasha Akuezue, N’dea Moore-Petinak, M.Sc., Chloe Harper, Tammy Chang, M.D., M.P.H., M.S. 

Youth Attitudes on Active Shooter Drills

Conclusions: We anticipate that the results of this study will be a useful contribution to the literature on active shooter drills, especially in the context of injury prevention and adolescent health. The current population of adolescents is the first to experience active shooter drills on a regular basis, making their opinions on the impact of such exercises invaluable.

N’dea Moore-Petinak, M.Sc.,Tammy Chang, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., Blaire Alma Patterson

Youth Preferences in Discussing Sex and Intimacy with their Doctors

Conclusion: Discussions of sexual health by doctors appears to be insufficient to address the needs of a large proportion of youth in our national sample. Youth are requesting more discussion about the emotional and interpersonal aspects of sex and intimacy.

Kathryn Holt, Tammy Chang, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., Melissa DeJonckheere, Ph.D., Tara Sulur, M.S.


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