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Simone Bernstein

Simone Bernstein - 2016 Nominee
Position: President of volunTEENnation.org, Medical Student
Organization: volunTEENnation
Created and led workshops and programs focused on sexual health and reproductive planning in rural in urban areas to empower young women with the tools and critical skills needed to make choices. – Barbara Matthews, Attorney at Planned Parenthood
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In the United States teen pregnancy, birth, abortion, and sexually transmitted disease rates are higher than those in most other developed countries. VolunTEENnation provides access to free comprehensive sexuality education and workshops; services to prevent, diagnose and treat STIs; and counseling on family planning, so low-income urban and rural youth have the education and knowledge to make informed choices and decisions. These free workshops provide and focus on the importance of universal access to accurate sexual and reproductive health information; offer and educate teens on a range of safe and affordable contraceptive methods; and educate teens on the importance of prevention and management of sexually transmitted infections.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Family planning keeps young women in school longer leading to many positive outcomes for women. Young people, especially low-income youth face barriers to reproductive health information and care. Even those able to find accurate information about their health and rights may be unable to access the services needed to protect their health. providing access to comprehensive sexuality education; services to prevent, diagnose and treat STIs; and obtain family planning counseling.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

Negative views and perspectives on family planning and reproductive health with teenagers is the biggest challenge in rural and urban communities. In order to change negative views regarding family planning, I try to be personal in my approach, to take the time to understand opposing views and be clear with my message with facts and information to support the cause.

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

Negative views and perspectives on family planning and reproductive health with teenagers is the biggest challenge in rural and urban communities. In order to change negative views regarding family planning, we must understand opposing views, educate others with facts and documentation and present clear concise information.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

I hope to obtain my medical degree and complete my medical training and residency with a strong focus on public health and preventive healthcare.

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