Online Program

Educational Attainment for Teen Parents: Challenges Faced in San Mateo County

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Guillermo Vasquez, MSW, Family Health Services - Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention Unit, San Mateo County Health System, San Mateo, CA
Elaine Lo, MPH, Family Health Services, San Mateo County Health System, San Mateo, CA
Despite the decrease in overall teen pregnancy rates, Latinas continue to have the highest rates of teen births and increased rates of late or no prenatal care in San Mateo County (SMC). Cal-Learn’s goal is to help pregnant/parenting teens earn a high school diploma or its equivalent and connect them to educational, health and other resources. Financial incentives/disincentives are earned based on academic performance and reimbursements for school, transportation, and childcare expenses are available. Those graduating from high school increase their employment opportunities and earning potential, explore higher education possibilities as well as improve health outcomes for themselves and their children.

Throughout SMC, three focus groups will be held with teen mothers, primarily Latinas. Using the Social Ecological Framework, discussion topics include client/family attitudes towards education, impact of having a child on their ability to graduate, and how schools/policy makers can support teen parents.

Initial focus group results highlighted a need for more teen father programs and for teen fathers to be included in existing mother-centered programs. Clients expressed concern with the lack of childcare resources for their children and with being stigmatized by school personnel and peers. Findings call for schools to offer more emotional support for teen parents and childcare resources for their children. They also requested resources for improving/maintaining relationships with partners.

The data will be used to improve service delivery within Cal-Learn as well as to guide advocacy work and partnerships with other organizations and stakeholders in San Mateo County.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Identify 3 barriers to educational attainment faced by adolescent parents as well as areas for targeted advocacy in San Mateo County, particularly among the Latino population.

Keyword(s): Adolescents, Teen Pregnancy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As a case manager, I have worked with adolescents around truancy, pregnancy and educational attainment for 5 years in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. I have facilitated several groups/workshops with adolescents and my work history involves collaborating with schools and organizations to improve services and outreach to families.
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.