Online Program

An integrated reproductive health service approach to prevent teen pregnancy and sexual risk taking behaviors

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Kathryn Zenger, MPH, New Morning Foundation, Columbia, SC
Edward Parker, MA, Philliber Research Associates, Accord, NY
Amy Mattison-Faye, MPH, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Susan Philliber, PhD, Philliber Research Associates, Accord, NY
In South Carolina, the majority of teen pregnancy prevention programs occur within school settings and do not link teens with the community resources necessary to provide clinical support. The absence of coordination of care among schools and clinics leaves a gap in services for youth who are less likely to interact with the health care system and in need of services. The New Morning Foundation, in collaboration with five high schools in South Carolina, has developed a cohesive reproductive health service approach to prevent sexual risk behaviors and teen pregnancy. This integrated approach uses four main interventions 1) use of an evidence-based sexual health education curriculum; 2) partnerships and supported referrals of students to local reproductive health care clinics; 3) care coordination and/or case management of sexually active or high-risk students; and, 4) special events at the school designed to create a norm about avoiding teen pregnancy. Although data collection is ongoing, initial analysis of the 1,801 students found a statistically significant (p<.001) increase with exposure to multiple intervention components (i.e., evidence-based programs and clinic access) with an increased use of effective contraceptive methods at last intercourse among female students. Further detailed analysis exploring the dose-response relationship will be presented. 

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the key components to address the health needs of sexually active youth including comprehensive sexual education, coupled with youth-friendly clinical and support services through community and parent involvement.

Keyword(s): Teen Pregnancy, Sexual Risk Behavior

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As Manager of Research, Evaluations, and Grants for the New Morning Foundation, a non-partisan, long-term initiative to improve young people’s reproductive health education, counseling, and clinical services throughout South Carolina. I have provided research and policy analysis for community-based advocacy campaigns around responsible reproductive health policies across South Carolina. My professional research interests include: reproductive and sexual health and rights, teen pregnancy prevention, adolescent risk behavior, public health policy and advocacy, and social justice.
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.