Program Goals

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

Who Benefits

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 Programs

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.

Science-based Programs
Pregnancy Prevention Coalitions
School-based Programs

Brockton

Health Imperatives, Inc.
942 W. Chestnut Street
Brockton , MA 02301
Email: tdesovitch@hcsm.org
Tel: (508) 583-2350 x. 226
Fax: (508) 583-2611
TTY: (508) 583-2847

Chelsea

ROCA Inc. Chelsea
101 Park Street
Chelsea , MA 02150
Email: Maria_Pizzimenti@rocainc.com
Website: http://rocainc.org/
Tel: (617) 889-5210 x. 209
Fax: (617) 889-2145
Voice/TTY: (617) 889-5210

Everett

Cambridge Public Health Commission
230 Highland Avenue , SON # 602
Somerville , MA 02144
Email: dbaker@challiance.org
Tel: (617) 591-6735

Fall River

Citizens for Citizens/Fall River
337 Hanover Street
Fall River , MA 02720
Email: FamPlan@aol.com
Tel: (508) 675-2882
Fax: (508) 423-7508

Fitchburg

Montachusett Opportunity Council, Inc.
133 Prichard Street
Fitchburg , MA 01420
Email: sobrien@mocinc.org
Tel: (978) 343-6259
Fax: (978) 345-7066

Holyoke and Chicopee

Girls Inc., Holyoke
P.O. Box 6812
Holyoke , MA 01041 -6812
Email: sdunton.holyoke@girls-inc.org
Website: www.girlsincholyoke.org
Tel: (413) 533-0796 x. 201
Fax: (413) 533-0360

Lawrence

Family Service, Inc.
430 Canal Street
Lawrence , MA 01840
Email: lsweeney@familyserviceinc.com
Website: http://www.familyserviceinc.com/
Tel: (978) 683-9505 x37

Lowell

Lowell Community Health Center
15-17 Warren Street, Suite 204
Lowell , MA 01852
Email: andreala@lchealth.org
Website: http://www.lchealth.org/
Tel: (978) 746-7823
Fax: (978) 970-0057
TTY: (978) 452-4774

Lynn

Girls Inc., Lynn
88 Broad Street
Lynn , MA 01902
Email: lcrowley.lynn@girls-inc.org
Website: http://www.girlsinclynn.org/
Tel: (781) 592-9744 x. 230

New Bedford

Rapp Program/Southcoast Hospital Groups
49 State Street , Pequot Building, Suite 105
North Dartmouth , MA 02747
Email: rappslh@earthlink.net
Tel: (508) 994-0548

Southbridge

You, Inc.
172 Lincoln Street
Worcester, MA
Tel: (508) 987-6078

Springfield

Dunbar Community Center
33 Oak Street
Springfield , MA 01109
Email: pprunuske@dunbarma.org
Tel: (413) 788-6143 x. 11
Fax: (413) 781-8233

Worcester

Great Brook Valley Health Center
19 Tacoma Street
Worcester , MA 01605
Email: kathyblumenthal@greatbrook.org
Tel: (508) 854-3260

Contact Information

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

Paula Doherty
Coordinator of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives
 


This information is provided by Adolescent Health and Youth Development within the Department of Public Health.