270967 Assessing community readiness for teen pregnancy prevention: A key informant study

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Edward Saunders, MSW, MPH, PhD , School of Social Work, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention identified teen pregnancy prevention as one of its six primary prevention goals in 2010. To meet its goal of reduced teen pregnancy in the U.S., CDC funded nine health organizations to develop community-prevention programs. These projects are funded from 2010-2015. The data presented in this session focus on the first of multiple key informant interviews that will be conducted with the funded organizations. The first key informant interviews focused on the strengths and challenges of developing community groups that will ultimately lead community-wide efforts to address high rates of teen pregnancy in their communities. Much of the focus has been identifying the membership of the groups, identifying their responsibility, and addressing the importance of long-term sustainability of their efforts within the community. In particular, community prevention groups will work toward institutionalization of evidence-based sex education curriculums within their communities and development of user-friendly contraceptive access programs for teens. Challenges are already apparent in meeting these expectations. Implications will be discussed for all professionals concerned about community prevention programs for adolescents.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss the new CDC goal for teen pregnancy prevention in the US and the new grant program that supports this federal goal. 2. Identify the federal, national, and local partners involved in the new CDC teen pregnancy prevention program. 3. Describe how the use of key informant interviews have captured important findings about the implementation of the CDC teen pregnancy prevention program. 4. Assess how the findings of this study can be useful to state and local public health social workers invested in programs to help prevent teen pregnancy in their service area.

Keywords: Adolescent Health, Community Preventive Services

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I hold the MSW, MPH, and PhD degrees with a 25-year history of research on adolescent health issues, including teen pregnancy prevention.
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.