The purpose of the Male Training Center (MTC) is to help improve delivery of family planning and reproductive health services for males in Title X-supported health and social service settings. The MTC has five major aims designed to make information, resources, and learning opportunities accessible for staff working in Title X services: 1) national partnership building; 2) development, compilation, coordination, and dissemination of training information; 3) design and facilitation of training events; 4) translating research into practice; and 5) capacity building of Title X training, research, and service grantees.
All project activities are: a) established with the anticipation of further development through substantial collaboration with the OFP; b) informed by identified needs; c) designed with consideration of foundations of adult learning principles and evidence-based training and information dissemination methodologies; d) conducted by highly skilled, competent staff and faculty; and e) evaluated through a systematic process of gathering and analyzing data and other objective information on processes and outcomes.
Established in 2009, the MTC is a program of AccessMatters (formerly Family Planning Council), and a collaboration with Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, School of Medicine, Center for Sexually Transmitted Disease and Reproductive Health Research, Prevention, and Training.
The MTC seeks guidance and input into project activities from its advisory committee members, consisting of individuals representing international, national, and regional organizations with shared interest in quality family planning and reproductive health services for males.
The MTC was initilly supported through a cooperative agreement with the Office of Population Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services, and works closely with its Office of Family Planning to organize and implement project activities and to support Title X priorities, legislative mandates, and key issues.