The goal of the evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program is to promote healthy behavior, responsible decision making and increased opportunities for the commonwealth’s most vulnerable youth. Funding is not currently available for statewide services; therefore programs are targeted to communities with the state’s highest teen birth rates. The guiding principle is the investment of all community members in increasing the awareness and ownership of the risks, costs and problems associated with the complexity of teen pregnancy, in order to create local-driven 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, STIs, and HIV infection
The primary target program population is:
- vulnerable youth, ages 10 to 19
- additional target audiences for broad-based education and awareness activities are parents, schools, agencies, and other community members
Evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs focus on Youth ages 10-19 within targeted high teen birth rate communities. In FY13, funded programs served a total of 17,908 youth, parents and adults in high birth rate communities. In FY13, funded programs 11% youth served reported being involved with DCF.
Evidence-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 evidence-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, Teen Outreach Program (TOP), and Focus on Youth. These programs are culturally competent, evidence-based, medically accurate, and are designed to prevent teen pregnancy through comprehensive programming delivered through a public health approach.
Pregnancy Prevention Coalitions
State-Funded Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs
Health Imperatives, Inc.
ROCA Inc. Chelsea
Cambridge Public Health Commission
Citizens for Citizens
Montachusett Opportunity Council, Inc.
Holyoke and Chicopee
Girls Inc., Holyoke
Family Services of Merrimack Valley, Inc.
Lowell Community Health Center
Girls Inc., Lynn
Rapp Program/Southcoast Hospital Groups
YMCA of Greater Springfield
Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center