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Increasing access to sexual and reproductive health care for youth in custody

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Fig. 1: This figure illustrates key statistics concerning sexual and reproductive health care among youth in custody, as detailed in the manuscript.


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We thank the Medical Writing Center at Children’s Mercy Kansas City for editing this manuscript. April D. McNeill-Johnson is supported by the Frontiers CTSI Career Development Award. (KL2 equivalent supported by Children’s Mercy Hospital via in-kind support through UL1TR002366 – Frontiers University of Kansas Clinical and Translational Science Institute). 7/1/2023 – 6/30/2025.

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April D. McNeill-Johnson developed the initial concepts and draft of the manuscript and led revisions. Carolyn Beth Sufrin made significant revisions to the format and content of the manuscript. Michael DeBaun and Elizabeth Barnert contributed to developing the concepts for the manuscript and critically reviewed the manuscript.

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M.D. and his institution sponsor two externally funded research investigator-initiated projects. Global Blood Therapeutics (GBT) will provide funding for the cost of the clinical studies. GBT was not a co-sponsor of either study. M.D. did not receive any compensation for the conduct of these two investigator-initiated observational studies. M.D. is a member of the Global Blood Therapeutics advisory board for a proposed randomized controlled trial for which he receives compensation. M.D. is on the steering committee for a Novartis-sponsored phase II trial to prevent priapism in men. M.D. was a medical advisor in developing the CTX001 Early Economic Model. M.D. provided medical input on the economic model as part of an expert reference group for the Vertex/CRISPR CTX001 Early Economic Model in 2020. M.D. consulted for the Forma Pharmaceutical company about sickle cell disease in 2021 and 2022. E.B. volunteers as Chair of the Juvenile Health Committee of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care and serves on its Board of Directors. The authors have no other relevant affiliations or financial involvement with any organization or entity with a financial interest in or conflict with the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript apart from those disclosed.

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McNeill-Johnson, A.D., Sufrin, C.B., DeBaun, M.R. et al. Increasing access to sexual and reproductive health care for youth in custody. Pediatr Res (2024).

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