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Bethany Young Holt, PhD, MPH

Dr. Bethany Young Holt is the Director and Co-Founder of the IMPT (Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies), the Executive Director of CAMI Health, and a Principal Investigator (PI) at the Public Health Institute.

Dr. Holt’s background is in sexual and reproductive health epidemiology and prevention in the U.S. and in Africa, including multi-level analyses, social determinants of health, microbicide acceptability studies, and market research. As the PI or co-investigator on a range of studies, she has collaborated with multidisciplinary teams of researchers, including clinicians, product developers, socio-behavioral and market researchers, mechanical engineers, as well as advocates and community groups.

As the Executive Director of CAMI Health, Dr. Holt has engineered the first Collective Impact Collaboration that bridges HIV, STI and family planning research and development fields to create a new arena for comprehensive prevention.

Dr. Holt’s over 25 years of work in the areas of reproductive health and HIV/STI prevention in the U.S. and internationally includes traineeships at the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Institute Pasteur in Dakar, Senegal; anthropological field work in the Samoan Islands, and Peace Corps volunteer and relief work with the U.N. High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Mauritania, Senegal and Ethiopia.


Advancing the Development and Availability of MPT Products for Those at Highest Unmet Need Around the Globe

This CAMI project seeks to advance the development and availability of multipurpose prevention technology (MPT) products that simultaneously address the need to prevent unintended pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in high-risk regions of the world. It will identify and respond to MPT scientific priority issues and gaps and help coordinate the major MPT supporting organizations to optimize current resources and efforts as well as to mobilize new resources to expand multisectoral support and investment in MPTs.

Developing and Introducing Multipurpose Prevention Technologies for Women and Girls

This multi-year project headed by CAMI Health will advance and develop the introduction of Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs) for women and girls who have the highest unmet needs. The objective is to accelerate action around priority challenges and gaps in the MPT field.

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:



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.  


Product Development and Access to Multipurpose Prevention Technologies

CAMI Health continues to serve as the Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies secretariat with efforts to advance the development and support of Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (MPT) with a focus on contraceptive MPTs in alignment with NICHD priorities.  This will be accomplished by enhancing collaborative partnerships through regular information exchange between stakeholders as well as through scientific and technical activities including convenings around priority issues and advocacy.

Supporting CAMI Health

This project is to advance the MPT scientific agenda and facilitate coordination and collaboration among key partners to enhance support for the field: 1) Assess feasibility of expanding the MPT Product Pipeline Database to include work in China and Russia; 2) Landscape analysis of MPT-related projects and activities internationally; and 3) Development and production of support materials critical in MPT activities for CAMI and IMPT members in the US and across the globe.

Transforming Contraception to Expand Access and Choice

Letter of Authorization to develop a full scope of work and budget for first year of the project.  Continues CAMI’s work with USAID which was formally funded through PATH.

Contraceptive Method Use and Chlamydia Positivity Among California Family Planning Clients: The Case for New Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (2018)

There is unmet need for sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention among young California women using available contraceptive methods, includi...

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Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (IMPT) 2017 Annual Report (2018)

In 2017, 214 million women around the world had an unmet need for contraception. Meanwhile, over 350 million new sexually transmitted infections (S...

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Multipurpose Prevention Technologies Product Database (2017)

Women need different kinds of sexual and reproductive health prevention at different times in their lives. Some want to get pregnant but preve...

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Annual Report 2015: The Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (IMPT) (2016)

  The Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (IMPT) works to foster a world where women and girls have the sexual and re...

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PHI's Bethany Young Holt Talks MPTs on "Insight With Beth Ruyak" (2016)

Over the past decade, new research and technology has significantly reduced the spread of HIV worldwide. However, in many developing countries and ...

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International Symposium on Accelerating Research on Multipurpose Prevention Technologies: Final Report (2013)

The International Symposium on Accelerating Research on Multipurpose Prevention Technologies for Reproductive Health was convened December 11 - 12,...

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Multipurpose Prevention Technologies for Sexual and Reproductive Health: Gaining Momentum and Promise (2010)

In this editorial, MPT SRH leaders extoll the benefits of about the multipurpose prevention technologies for sexual and reproductive health and pro...

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Saving Lives with Multipurpose Prevention Technologies: Turning Ideas Into Solutions for Sexual and Reproductive Health (Fact Sheet) (2010)

This fact sheet discusses the challenges in developing multipurpose prevention products that are acceptable, affordable, easy-to-use, and prevent. ...

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Saving Lives with Multipurpose Prevention Technologies: Turning Ideas Into Solutions for Sexual and Reproductive Health (Report) (2010)

Multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs) are designed to address multiple sexual and reproductive health needs, including prevention of unintend...

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Advancing Prevention Technologies for Sexual and Reproductive Health (Report of a Symposium) (2009)

An international symposium convened in Berkeley, Calif., in March 2009 with the goal of accelerating the development and deployment of relevant mul...

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Coalition & Network Building

Building strong coalitions and networks is essential to solving today’s pressing public health issues. The Public Health Institute (PHI) can ...

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Health Education & Promotion

Health outcomes are tied to individual behavior, and are also shaped by our surrounding environments. In order to improve health and reduce rising ...

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Reproductive & Sexual Health

Giving women control over their childbearing and reproductive health gives them control over their lives. Policies and programs that support girls ...

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