Working with Publicly Funded Health Centers to Reduce Teen Pregnancy Among Youth from Vulnerable Populations (DP15-1508)
Teen Access and Quality Initiative (TAQ) (DP15-1508)
CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health is supporting three organizations in the 5-year Teen Access and Quality Initiative (TAQ) cooperative agreement to 1) enhance publicly funded health centers’ capacity to provide youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services and 2) improve the ability of young people to access sexual and reproductive health services if needed. The latter will be accomplished by working with youth-serving systems to refer and link vulnerable young people to care. Funded organizations will also promote health centers’ services to increase awareness among young people in the local community. Funded grantees will work with systems in the community who serve some of the most vulnerable young people—including those in foster care, juvenile justice and probation, or housing developments. All proposed strategies and activities will contribute to the long-term goal of reducing teen pregnancy and births.
Overview of Funded Projects
- Awardee: Sexual Health Initiative for Teens North Carolina (SHIFT NC) – Location: Durham, North Carolina
SHIFT NC will be carrying out All Together Now: Making Health and Referral Systems Work for Young People as a way to increase access to and uptake of contraceptive and reproductive health services for young people. Through this intervention, SHIFT NC will provide and coordinate technical assistance to increase the youth-friendliness of Durham’s Title X providers, federally qualified health centers, and school-based health centers. SHIFT NC will also develop a linkage and referral network to reach young people experiencing the greatest disparities. Youth-serving system partners include Durham county public schools, foster care service agencies, Durham County Youth Home (juvenile detention), and Communities in Schools. Through this 5-year project, All Together Now will improve quality and availability of youth-friendly health services, develop and strengthen formal referral networks to increase youth access to care, and ultimately increase use of health care systems and effective contraceptive methods by young people
- Awardee: Mississippi First, Inc.– Location: Coahoma, Quitman, and Tunica counties, Mississippi
Mississippi First, Inc. will implement Focused Pregnancy Prevention for Mississippi Teens (Focus4Teens), which includes health center and youth-serving system partners in the Mississippi Delta region. Partners include federally qualified health centers and Title X clinics, as well as youth-serving system partners consisting of school districts, a mental health center, and community-based organizations. In this 5-year initiative, Focus4Teens will build the capacity of health center partners to provide youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services and increase the number of young people accessing and receiving these services. Referral systems will be developed to link vulnerable youths to care and to increase awareness of health services in the community.
- Awardee: Georgia Association for Primary Health Care, Inc. – Chatham County, GA
Georgia Association for Primary Health Care, Inc. (GAPHC) will put into action strategies and activities to reduce teen pregnancy among vulnerable young people. Partners in this initiative include federally qualified health centers, Title X clinics, and health departments, as well as schools, housing developments, and workforce development programs. By engaging a broad range of local partners and expert technical assistance and training providers, GAPHC will focus on needed system wide changes in the region. This includes increased capacity to provide youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services, development of referrals systems to increase the number of vulnerable youths accessing sexual and reproductive health services, and increased community awareness of reproductive health services available in the community