The goal of the Science-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program is to promote healthy behavior, responsible decision making and increased opportunities for at-risk youth. Funding is not currently available for statewide services, therefore programs are targeted to communities in need. The guiding principle is the investment of all community members in increasing the awareness and ownership of the risks, costs and problems associated with teen pregnancy, in order to create local solutions.
The health outcome goals of the program are:
- Increased abstinence and delayed onset of sexual activity among pre-adolescent and adolescent males and females
- Reduced rates of youth engaging in health-related risk behaviors including, but not limited to, risky sexual behaviors
- Decreased incidence of teen pregnancies and births, STDs, and HIV infection
The primary target program population is:
- at-risk youth, ages 10 to 19
- additional target audiences for broad-based education and awareness activities are parents, agency
- other community members
Science-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Projects focus on Youth ages 10-19 within targeted high teen birth rate communities. In FY09, funded programs served a total of 17,314 youth, parents and adults in high birth rate communities. In FY09, funded programs served approximately 625 youth in foster care and 250 foster families and DCF staff.
Science-based teen pregnancy prevention programs are funded in select high-risk communities in Massachusetts to provide evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention services to at-risk youth. Programs are located in the communities of Brockton, Chelsea, Chicopee, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, New Bedford, Springfield and Worcester. Community-based agencies and community health centers are replicating science-based programs to prevent primary teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV/AIDS, and early sexual activity among youth ages 10-19. Programs being replicated include "Making Proud Choices" an after-school culturally competent program model, "Teen Outreach Program (TOP)" a comprehensive service-learning program, "California Siblings Program" an intensive case-management program targeting siblings of parenting teens, "Focus on Kids" a community-based risk reduction program and an adaptation to the CAS-Carrera adolescent pregnancy prevention model. These programs are culturally competent, science-based, medically accurate, and are designed to prevent teen pregnancy through comprehensive programming delivered through a public health approach.
Management Information System (MIS)
The Science-based programs and coalitions are monitored through a Management Information System (MIS). The system is used by programs and MDPH staff to collect and manage information about program activities, number and type of people served, staff resources involved, health issues addressed, and activity objectives.
Health Imperatives, Inc.
942 W. Chestnut Street
Brockton , MA 02301
Tel: (508) 583-2350 x. 226
Fax: (508) 583-2611
TTY: (508) 583-2847
Cambridge Public Health Commission
230 Highland Avenue , SON # 602
Somerville , MA 02144
Tel: (617) 591-6735
Citizens for Citizens/Fall River
337 Hanover Street
Fall River , MA 02720
Tel: (508) 675-2882
Fax: (508) 423-7508
Montachusett Opportunity Council, Inc.
133 Prichard Street
Fitchburg , MA 01420
Tel: (978) 343-6259
Fax: (978) 345-7066
Holyoke and Chicopee
Rapp Program/Southcoast Hospital Groups
49 State Street , Pequot Building, Suite 105
North Dartmouth , MA 02747
Tel: (508) 994-0548
172 Lincoln Street
Tel: (508) 987-6078
Dunbar Community Center
33 Oak Street
Springfield , MA 01109
Tel: (413) 788-6143 x. 11
Fax: (413) 781-8233
Great Brook Valley Health Center
19 Tacoma Street
Worcester , MA 01605
Tel: (508) 854-3260
Bureau of Community Health Access and Promotion
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108
Tel. (617) 624-6057
Fax (617) 624-6062
TTY (617) 624-5992
Coordinator of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives
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