REAL Mission

Improve adolescents' access and utilization of comprehensive, accessible and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive healthcare services by enhancing knowledge, expanding training and growing advocacy capacity of current and future healthcare providers. 

Youth in Louisiana experience higher than average rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancy, both of which can have lasting consequences and negatively impact health and social outcomes. REAL is dedicated to working from the ground up to reduce these rates and better the future for Louisiana youth. Through presenting and sponsoring continuing medical educational (CME) sessions and workshops by nationally respected reproductive health organizations, as well as the implementation of a clinic-based training program, REAL seeks to educate current and future medical providers about the importance of creating and supporting best practices in adolescent sexual and reproductive health.

Program Goals

Increase adolescent sexual and reproductive health services available in youth-focused clinical environments

Build current and future medical providers capacity as advocates for adolescent sexual and reproductive health policy

Educate providers on sexual and reproductive health issues through trainings and CMEs

Expand school-based STI testing services and comprehensive sexual/reproductive health education




Program Partners

Children’s Coalition of Northeast LA: https://www.childrenscoalition.org/

Children's Hospital New Orleans: http://www.chnola.org/

  Children's Pediatrics: http://www.chnola.org/Pediatrics

  Crescent Care Health New Orleans: http://crescentcarehealth.org/

  David and Lucile Packard Foundation: https://www.packard.org

  Louisiana Department of Health, Reproductive Health Program: http://healthychoicesla.org/

  Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies: http://iwesnola.org/

  Lift Louisiana: http://liftlouisiana.org/

  Louisiana Public Health Institute: http://lphi.org/

  Louisiana School Based Health Alliance: http://www.lasbha.org/ 

  Physicians for Reproductive Health: https://prh.org/

  Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-gulf-coast

  New Orleans Adolescent and Reproductive Health Project:


  Louisiana Trans Advocates https://www.latransadvocates.org/resources 


For more information about REAL contact: 


Ryan H. Pasternak, MD, MPH 



Carleigh Baudoin, MPH

Program Manager