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 (QARE) for Teens project.
From 2015-2020, CDC 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.
From 2010-2015, CDC, the federal Office of Adolescent Health, and the Office of Population Affairs collaborated to demonstrate the effectiveness of innovative, multicomponent, community-wide 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.
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.
While efforts to promote adolescent and young adult reproductive health have historically focused primarily on young women, reproductive health interventions for young men remain essential. Two reproductive health projects that focused on engaging young men are described.