Engaging Community Stakeholders to Address the Social Determinants of Teen Pregnancy
In 2010, the CDC, in partnership with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of Adolescent Health (OHA) and Population Affairs (OPA), funded nine state- and community-based organizations in high-need communities as part of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Integrating Services, Program, and Strategies through Community-wide Initiatives. JSI is providing training and technical assistance to the grantees and partners, in implementing the “Working with Diverse Communities” component of the federally funded initiative. The goal of the initiative is to reduce teenage pregnancy and address disparities in teen pregnancy and birth rates.
The case study highlights the use of the Root Causes Analysis (RCA) process with three grantees - Bronx Teens Connection, the Mobile County Health Department, Alabama and the University of Texas, Teen Health Center, who each worked with varying stakeholder populations to identify the social conditions (risk and protective factors) influencing teen pregnancy in their communities and create action plans to address these factors.
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