Projects and Initiatives
Access to quality reproductive health services, including contraception and sexually transmitted infection services, plays an important role in supporting the health and well-being of adolescents and promoting health equity. In September 2020, in collaboration with the National Association of Community Health Centers, CDC launched the Quality and Access for Reproductive Health Equity for Teens (Q4T) project.
From 2015-2020 CDC Division of Reproductive Health supported three organizations to 1) enhance publicly funded health centers’ capacity to provide youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services and 2) increase the number of young people accessing sexual and reproductive health services.
Despite the important role adolescent and young adult men play in preventing teen pregnancy, few evidence-based interventions are designed specifically for young men. A collaborative initiative between the HHS Office of Adolescent Health and CDC supported evaluation of innovative interventions designed specifically for young men.
CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health engaged the JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) in a 5-year grant (2013–2018) to pilot the Engaging Young Men in Clinical Services to Prevent Premature Fatherhood (EYM) project in Gaston County, North Carolina.
From 2010 to 2015, CDC, the federal Office of Adolescent Health, 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.
Contraceptive Action Plan Project (CAP)
CAP was designed to support health care teams to gain the knowledge and skills to deliver quality, client-centered, and culturally competent contraceptive services to women and teens using a team-based approach. CAP developed tools and training resources to enhance the provision of contraceptive services that include an e-Learning program for staff, implementation tools, job aids, and a clinician mentoring toolkit.