Bethany Young Holt, PhD, MPH
Bethany Young Holt, PhD, MPH, directs the Coalition Advancing Multipurpose Innovations (CAMI). CAMI is addressing the urgent need to improve existing sexual and reproductive health prevention strategies and to develop new multipurpose technologies that simultaneously prevent pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and other common reproductive tract infections.
Young Holt uses scientific evidence to educate people around the need and potential of prevention methods that address multiple sexual and reproductive health needs and why there should be more research and funding around this issue.
CAMI's work is done through collaboration, convenings, advocacy and research that bring together product developers, mechanical engineers, market researchers, behavioral scientists, fellow epidemiologists and policy experts.
Before joining PHI, Young Holt worked at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland; Institute Pasteur in Dakar, Senegal; and with the Peace Corps and the U.N. High Commission for Refugees in West Africa.
She holds a master's degree in public health and a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Health Literacy around MPTs and Simultaneous Prevention of Unintended Pregnancies and STIs
CAMI has developed outreach materials to raise awareness about the simultaneous risk of unintended pregnancy and STIs, and the need for MPTs. Examples include:
- Global Reproductive Health Diaries: Development and distribution of educational and advocacy materials.
- Sister to Sister Photo novellas: We are currently seeking support to expand these novellas in different regions using mHealth.
Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (IMPT)
CAMI serves as the Secretariat for the IMPT. Since 2009, CAMI and our IMPT partners have built upon over two decades of work on dual-protection and address the intrinsic link between unintended pregnancy and risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
Multipurpose Prevention Technologies for Sexual and Reproductive Health: Gaining Momentum and Promise (2010)
An editorial about the multipurpose prevention technologies for sexual and reproductive health.| Download
Saving Lives with Multipurpose Prevention Technologies: Turning Ideas Into Solutions for Sexual and Reproductive Health (Fact Sheet) (2010)
A summary of the multipurpose prevention technologies designed to address multiple sexual and reproductive health needs.| Download
Saving Lives with Multipurpose Prevention Technologies: Turning Ideas Into Solutions for Sexual and Reproductive Health (Report) (2010)
A report about the multipurpose prevention technologies designed to address multiple sexual and reproductive health needs, including prevention of unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and/or other reproductive tract infections, such as bacterial vaginosis. Multipurpose products that are acceptable, affordable and widely available would greatly improve health and save resources.| Download
Advancing Prevention Technologies for Sexual and Reproductive Health (Report of a Symposium) (2009)
A report of the international symposium convened in Berkeley, Calif., in March 2009 with the goal of accelerating the development and deployment of relevant mult-purpose technologies and strategies around sexual and reproductive health.| Download