Projects and Initiatives
CDC Division of Reproductive Health is supporting 3 organizations in a 5-year cooperative agreement 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. The latter will be accomplished by working with youth-serving systems to refer and link vulnerable young people to care.
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, this research opportunity supports rigorous evaluation of innovative interventions that are designed for young men aged 15-24 years old to reduce their risk of fathering a teen pregnancy.
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. JSI partnered with Cicatelli Associates (CAI) and several local health center partners to reduce premature fatherhood (i.e., either teen males who father a pregnancy or men beyond their teen years who father a pregnancy to a female teen) by maximizing opportunities to provide reproductive health services to young males and by improving access and links to reproductive health services in health care provider settings.
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. Nine state- and community-based organizations and five national organizations were funded through the 5-year cooperative agreement, Teenage Pregnancy Prevention: Integrating Services, Programs, and Strategies through Communitywide Initiatives.
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.