Online Program

Does this Work for You? Participant Satisfaction with Evidence-based Interventions Targeting Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 1:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Carol S. Lemus, MPH, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, White Plains, NY
Mary Grace Pagaduan, MPH, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, White Plains, NY
Background: Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) provides sexual health services and education to over 60,000 individuals from Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties in NY State. PPHP’s Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CAPP) program, funded through the NYS DOH, aims to reduce unintended pregnancies in White Plains and Yonkers among youth ages 10 to 21, by providing evidence-based comprehensive sex education. Evaluation data demonstrates statistically significant changes in several risk-related areas.  This presentation will focus on participant satisfaction with these evidence-based programs in two suburban communities which have disproportionately high rates of unintended pregnancies and HIV/STI among youth.

Method: Be Proud! Be Responsible! and Making Proud Choices, two evidence-based curricula, were implemented in schools, community-based organizations and residential facilities. A 10-question participant survey developed by Cornell University’s Assets Coming Together for Youth Center of Excellence assesses four parameters of satisfaction with the program:  interest, comfort, recommendation and perceived applicability, based on grade level, gender and venue.

Results: Analysis demonstrates that while interest and recommendation are independent of grade level, comfort and perceived applicability are not.  Perceived applicability is dependent on gender, but other satisfaction parameters are independent of gender.  All four satisfaction parameters are independent of venue.

Conclusion: Participants reported high levels of satisfaction with the programs, demonstrating they are relevant, accessible and perceived to be useful.  Recommendations for future work include follow up evaluation at 6 months post programming to assess actual youth behavior, and identification of strategies that match participant satisfaction to outcomes through increased collection of individual-level data.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
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

Learning Objectives:
Identify four areas of impact for evaluating program participant satisfaction. Describe methodology for measuring these areas of impact. Discuss differences in satisfaction, based on specific program factors, including age, gender and venue. Analyze the relationship between participant satisfaction and program outcome.

Keyword(s): Evaluation, Adolescents

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Public health professional with more than 15 years experience in community outreach, public health education, and community organizing serving vulnerable and marginalized populations. Committed to effectively plan, disseminate and implement evidence-based public health programs to improve health outcomes and eliminate health disparities.
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.