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Teen Pregnancy Prevention 2010–2015

Integrating Services, Programs, and Strategies Through Communitywide Initiatives: National Organizations

The following national organizations provide training and technical assistance to all funded state- and community-based organizations.

Advocates for Youth

About Advocates for Youth
Established in 1980, Advocates for Youth (AFY) champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.

Key Component 1: Community Mobilization and Sustainability
Advocates assist grantees with creating, developing, and managing Youth Leadership Teams, Core Partner Leadership Teams, and Community Action Teams; sustainability planning; controversy management; leadership development; general community mobilization strategies and change models (e.g., systems thinking, systems changing, social media); collaborative partnership models and strategies; and pharmacy access to contraception.

Ebony Ross
Project Coordinator, Associate Director, Adolescent Sexual Health Services Division

Healthy Teen Network

About Healthy Teen Network
Healthy Teen Network (HTN) is a national organization focused on adolescent health and well-being with an emphasis on teen pregnancy prevention, teen pregnancy, and teen parenting.

Key Component 2: Evidence-Based Programs
HTN provides training, technical assistance, and resource development and dissemination to build grantees’ capacity to support implementation of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs with quality and fidelity. Services include training on specific programs and curricula and selecting appropriate programs that “fit” the youth and community; an online Evidence-Based Resource Center; evaluation training, support, and resources; guidance on program adaptation; and training on the Getting to Outcomes model, a program planning, implementing, and evaluating process designed for teen pregnancy prevention.

Deborah Chilcoat, M.Ed.
Senior Manager, Training and Technical Assistance

CAI Global

About CAI Global
CAI Global is a public health organization that offers capacity building services for health professionals, including curriculum development and grants management. Established in 1979, CAI conducts translational research in support of providers who serve vulnerable, underserved, and at-risk populations. CAI seeks to use the transformative power of education and research to foster a more aware, healthy, compassionate, and equitable world.

Key Component 3: Increasing Youth Access to Contraceptive and Reproductive Health Care Services
CAI provides training and capacity building services to grantees to support their efforts to increase teens’ access to evidence-based and culturally competent clinical services in target communities. CAI builds grantees’ knowledge and capacity to use the tools of continuous quality improvement and performance measurement to enhance access to contraceptive and reproductive health care for adolescents. CAI provides training on supporting clinics in providing youth-friendly and accessible services that are responsive to the stages of adolescent development; supports the development of linkages between health care and social service providers to enhance the coordination of care for adolescents; and provides materials on developments in health policy and the transforming health care delivery system and its implications for the design and delivery of services. CAI supports the development of clinic-based communication and educational materials; and engages nontraditional partners such as pharmacies, businesses, media, parents, and faith communities in communitywide teen pregnancy prevention initiatives.

Dawn Middleton
Project Director
212-594-7741 ext. 243

National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

About the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy (National Campaign) seeks to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families and, in particular, to help ensure that children are born into stable, two-parent families who are committed to and ready for the demanding task of raising the next generation.

Key Component 4: Educating Stakeholders
The National Campaign builds grantee capacity for educating relevant stakeholders (community leaders, parents, and other constituents) on evidence-based and evidence-informed teen pregnancy prevention strategies. The National Campaign assists grantees and their community-based partners in identifying and understanding policies and strategies supportive of adolescent reproductive health. They provide training and technical assistance on identifying, engaging, and working with community leaders and other stakeholders, and data and other resources essential to effectively educating stakeholders. The National Campaign also provides training and technical assistance on communication campaigns, social marketing, and addressing social norms around teen pregnancy in the community.

Katherine (Katy) Suellentrop
Director of State Support

John Snow, Inc., and JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.

About John Snow, Inc. (JSI)
John Snow, Inc., and its nonprofit affiliate JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., are public health research and consulting firms dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities in the United States and throughout the world.

Key Component 5: Working with Diverse Communities
JSI builds Part A Grantees’ capacity to engage and serve diverse youth and youth in at-risk situations through teen pregnancy prevention programs and social services that foster reproductive health equity. Because where youth live, learn, work, and play influences sexual and reproductive health behaviors, JSI assists grantees in raising awareness among community partners about the social determinants that have an impact on teen pregnancy and in creating feasible strategies to address them. This context, paired with evidence-based interventions that teach youth about pregnancy prevention, offers a holistic approach that actively engages communities in a process that supports and promotes positive youth development and healthy relationships and lifestyles. JSI supports grantees in using data-driven strategies and best practices to work with their diverse communities. This component focuses on building grantees’ capacity to—

  • Engage and recruit a diverse group of community partners, including those not typically engaged in the target community, to collaborate in teen pregnancy prevention efforts.
  • Identify and implement best practices that address the social determinants of teen pregnancy among diverse youth.
  • Ensure that prevention efforts are inclusive of both male and female youth.
  • Ensure that clinical providers provide culturally competent and adolescent-centered clinical reproductive health services, assess appropriately for social determinants, and link youth to needed social services.
  • Identify and educate a diverse group of community stakeholders on strategies that have an impact on teen pregnancy prevention and related social determinants.

Myriam Hernandez Jennings
Project Director
617-482-9485 ext. 3772

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