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Preventing Teen Pregnancy in Younger Teens
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
2:00–3:00 pm (EDT)

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Photo of Shanna CoxShanna Cox, MSPH  

Health Scientist, Division of Reproductive Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC

Shanna Cox, MSPH, is a health scientist in the Division of Reproductive Health at CDC. She serves as the deputy associate director of science and is responsible for the managing, monitoring, and evaluating the impact of the division’s scientific portfolio. Ms. Cox has published extensively on a wide range of topics including adolescent health, preconception care, and healthcare services research.

Ms. Cox received a master’s degree in public health from Emory University.

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Photo of Alicia MathisAlicia Mathis, RN
Clinical Coordinator/Nurse Educator, ‘ThinkTeen’ Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, Mobile Teen Center, Mobile County Health Department

Alicia Mathis, RN, is the clinical coordinator/nurse educator for the Mobile County Health Department’s ‘ThinkTeen’ teen pregnancy prevention initiative. While providing care to women of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds, she has focused her practice on the mantra of “reach, teach, and prevent” through patient education. Ms. Mathis has worked in several areas of women’s health and has also functioned as a mom care coordinator for expectant, low-income mothers in Alabama’s Medicaid program.

Ms. Mathis received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Grambling State University, an associate’s degree in nursing from Tarrant County College, and a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Texas in Arlington. Alicia is also an active member in Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society.

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Photo of Deborah O’UhuruDeborah O’Uhuru
Clinic Linkage Coordinator, Bronx Teens Connection, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Deborah O’Uhuru is the clinic linkage coordinator for the Bronx Teens Connection, a project of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She is primarily responsible for linking south Bronx high schools and youth-serving organizations to partnering community clinics and school-based health centers, where teens can receive access to quality clinical reproductive health services. She also works closely with clinics to provide ongoing training and technical assistance as they strive to meet best practices in sexual and reproductive health.

Prior to joining Bronx Teens Connection, Ms. O’Uhuru worked as a public health detailer for the Department of Health. There she provided educational outreach to a territory of 70 clinicians and more than 250 staff who worked to deliver effective, targeted campaigns to advance the health of New Yorkers via clinical systems improvement.

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