South Valley Male
NM Department of Health Family Planning Program is implementing a male reproductive health project,
the South Valley Male Involvement Project (SVMIP) in the South Valley area
of Bernalillo County. The SVMIP provides information, education, and an
opportunity for community members to access coordinated preventive
healthcare services to improve the health and well being of men and boys.
goals of the project are to:
Improve educational and clinical services for men of all ages in the South
Reduce the risk behaviors that lead to unintended pregnancy, HIV and
Decrease the prevalence of violence, pregnancy and STDs among teens 15-19
in the South Valley.
SVMIP provides education and outreach, culturally and linguistically
appropriate for the community, at middle schools, high schools, detention
centers and community centers. Education and outreach activities include
Project M, public health interns,
produced play, teen dances and a
For more information on
the South Valley Male Involvement Project call 833-9950.
Why focus on males?
Menís sexual and reproductive health needs are often overlooked.
Engaging men in the sexual and reproductive health care system promises
benefits for men, women and families.
Menís involvement is crucial to addressing sexual and reproductive health
concerns such as sexually transmitted infections and unintended
Menís behavior puts them at risk; they are more likely than women to have
multiple sex partners and to use drugs. Menís behavior also puts women
at risk for contracting STDs.
is increasingly seen as good for men in their own right should turn out to
be just as good for women - to the benefit of men and women as
individuals, couples, families and society as a whole.Ē
(In Their Own Right: Addressing the Sexual and Reproductive
Health Needs of American Men-The Alan Guttmacher Institute)