May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Today, CDC published new findings on trends in sexual experience and contraceptive use among females aged 15–19 years. The article appears in the May 4, 2012, issue of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The article’s authors suggest actions that can help meet the needs of adolescents and further reduce teen pregnancy.
June is National Men’s Health Month. Many CDC-funded teen pregnancy prevention programs include young males in planning activities and programs to meet their needs. Consider reaching out and leveraging events in your community to expand male involvement in teen pregnancy prevention.
CDC - Teen Pregnancy Prevention 2010-2015 - Teen Pregnancy - Reproductive Health
Learn more about—
Teen Pregnancy Prevention:
CDC - Teen Pregnancy Home - Reproductive Health
CDC - Contraception - Reproductive Health
CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health:
CDC - Home - Reproductive Health
Sexual Experience and Contraceptive Use Among Female Teens — United States, 1995, 2002, and 2006–2010
Teen Pregnancy Prevention 2010–2015
Integrating Services, Programs, and Strategies Through Communitywide Initiatives: The President’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention InitiativeAs part of the President's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI), CDC is partnering with the federal Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) to reduce teenage pregnancy and address disparities in teen pregnancy and birth rates. The OASH Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) is supporting public and private entities to fund medically accurate and age appropriate evidence-based or innovative program models to reduce teen pregnancy. The purpose of this program is to demonstrate the effectiveness of innovative, multicomponent, communitywide initiatives in reducing rates of teen pregnancy and births in communities with the highest rates, with a focus on reaching African American and Latino/Hispanic youth aged 15–19 years. A communitywide model is an intervention implemented in defined communities (specified geographic area) applying a common approach with different strategies. Communitywide approaches will be tailored to the specified community, and will include broad-based strategies that reach a majority of youth in the community (i.e., through communication strategies and media campaigns); and intensive strategies reaching youth most in need of prevention programming (i.e., through implementation of evidence-based programs and improved links to services).
Program goals are—
- Reduce the rates of pregnancies and births to youth in the target areas.
- Increase youth access to evidence-based and evidence-informed programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
- Increase linkages between teen pregnancy prevention programs and community-based clinical services.
- Educate stakeholders about relevant evidence-based and evidence-informed strategies to reduce teen pregnancy and data on needs and resources in target communities.
The national organizations will provide training and technical assistance to all funded organizations within this initiative. The state- and community-based grantees will provide training and technical assistance to youth-serving organizations and partners to implement the Key Components described below.
Five key components to be addressed through this program model are—
- Component 1: Community Mobilization and Sustainability Engaging all sectors of the population in a communitywide effort to address teen pregnancy prevention. Community mobilization supports the sustainability of teen pregnancy prevention efforts by empowering community members and groups to take action to facilitate change. This component includes mobilizing necessary resources, disseminating information, generating support, and fostering cooperation across public and private sectors in the community.
- Component 2: Evidence-Based Programs Ensuring linkages between teen pregnancy prevention programs and community-based clinical services, as allowable under federal law.
- Component 3: Increasing Youth Access to Contraceptive and Reproductive Health Care Services Establishing linkages between teen pregnancy prevention program partners and clinics that serve at risk youth from the target community and ensuring clinical partners are providing teen friendly culturally competent reproductive health care services that are available and easily accessible to all youth in the community.
- Component 4: Stakeholder Education Supporting the sustainability of the communitywide teen pregnancy prevention effort.
- Component 5: Working with Diverse Communities Raising awareness of community partners about the link between teen pregnancy and social determinants of health, and ensuring culturally and linguistically appropriate programs and reproductive health care services are available to youth.
- Reduce teen birth rates by 10% in targeted communities.
- Reduce teen pregnancies in targeted communities.
- Increase the percentage of youth who abstain from or delay sexual intercourse.
- Increase the consistent and correct use of condoms and other effective methods of contraception among sexually active youth.
Program, practices, and community support outcomes:
- Increase the number and percentage of youth within the target community who receive evidence-based and evidence-informed programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
- Increase the number and percentage of sexually active youth within the target community who are referred to and use clinical services.
- Increase adoption of state, local, or communitywide health, education, and youth service strategies supportive of adolescent reproductive health by educating relevant stakeholders on evidence-based and evidence-informed teen pregnancy prevention approaches and environmental supports.
- Through training and technical assistance, increase the capacity of the target community partners to select, implement, and evaluate evidence-based and evidence-informed programs with fidelity and with informed program adaptation as appropriate.
Funded partners are—
National PartnersAdvocates for Youth
Cicatelli Associates, Inc.
Healthy Teen Network
John Snow, Inc. and JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.
National Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy
Title X PartnerAlabama Department of Public Health
State- and Community-Based PartnersAdolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina
City of Hartford Department of Health and Human Services
Family Planning Council, Southeastern Pennsylvania (administering agency of Title X funds)
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention
Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy
South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio