185374 State and local health departments collaborate to prevent teen pregnancy in Pennsylvania

Wednesday, October 29, 2008: 9:30 AM

Kelly Holland , Bureau of Family Health, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Harrisburg, PA
Carolyn Cass , Bureau of Family Health, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Harrisburg, PA
Amy Flaherty , Bureau of Family Health, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Harrisburg, PA
Joe Fay , Pennsylvania Coalition to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Camp Hill, PA
Belle Marks , Allentown Health Bureau, Allentown, PA
Susan Washinger , Pennsylvania Coalition to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Camp Hill, PA
Pennsylvania was selected as one of nine teams to participate in a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Roundtable and Training hosted by CityMatCH and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs. Pennsylvania's team included state, local, and community representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (Department), the Allentown Health Bureau, and the Pennsylvania Coalition to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (PCPTP), respectively. The Department collaborates with ten County/Municipal Health Departments to provide direct health services and education in the areas of Maternal and Infant Health, Child Health, and Children with Special Health Care Needs. In addition, the Department has an established relationship with the PCPTP. Based on these existing relationships, putting together a team for the Roundtable was easy, however, an explicit state:local collaboration had not been created before to address this public health issue. While at the training the team worked on creating an action plan for the implementation of a science-based teen pregnancy prevention program at the community level. Challenges for implementation included identifying funding and creating a program plan with a needs assessment and logic model to determine which science-based approach would be most appropriate for the target population. To address these challenges, the Department committed to provide up to $75,000 for a program in the city of Allentown, and PCPTP committed to assisting the Allentown Health Bureau with the program plan. Details on how the collaboration is working to date, how the barriers were overcome, and plans for future collaboration will be shared.

Learning Objectives:
Describe the processes used by CityMatCH and AMCHP to create state:local collaborations. Recognize results of state:local teamsí partnerships. Discuss barriers to state:local collaboration. Identify lessons learned of state:local collaborative teams.

Keywords: Collaboration, Health Departments

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: The author has four years experience in the public health arena, two of which have been focused solely on adolescent health issues. As Pennsylvania's adolescent health coordinator the author has been responsible for the development of initiatives aimed at reducing teen pregnancy as well as responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive adolescent health program aimed at serving vulnerable and underserved adolescents.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.