Working with Diverse Communities

From 2010 to 2015, CDC, the federal Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), and the Office of Population Affairs collaborated to demonstrate the effectiveness of innovative, multicomponent, communitywide initiatives in reducing rates of teen pregnancy and births in communities with the highest rates, with a focus on reaching African American and Latino or Hispanic young people aged 15 to 19 years.

Raising the community’s awareness of the link between teen pregnancy and social determinants of health, was central to the communitywide initiatives.  Ensuring that culturally and linguistically appropriate programs and reproductive health care services were available to young people was also a key tenet of the initiatives.

The awardees, nine state-and community-based organizations and five national organizations, along with CDC and OAH, collaboratively developed valuable program tools and resources which may be useful for other teen pregnancy prevention initiatives:



  • Whole Teen Assessment Question Bank pdf icon[PDF – 59KB]external icon
    This bank has questions on social determinants of health for client intake and interview forms used by teen pregnancy prevention programs, teen clinics, and other youth-serving programs. Questions related to housing, safety, health care, education, and social connections are also included.