Quality and Access for Reproductive Health Equity for Teens

QARE for Teens Project

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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 in promoting health equity. In September 2020, in collaboration with the National Association of Community Health Centersexternal icon, CDC launched the Quality and Access for Reproductive Health Equity for Teens (QARE for Teens) project. Built on past community– and clinic-based teen pregnancy prevention initiatives, the goals of this project are to:

1) Facilitate quality improvement of adolescent sexual and reproductive health services in community health centers.

2) Increase access to those services.

With key support from CAI, Incexternal icon, QARE for Teens will work with expert researchers and community-based providers to develop an Adolescent Reproductive Health Quality Improvement (ASRH QI) Package.  It will be implemented in several community health centers and evaluated.  The ASRH QI Package will include change strategies and identify related tools and resources for implementing ASRH QI initiatives. Similar to other “Change Packages,” such as the Cardiac Rehabilitation Change Packageexternal icon and the Tobacco Cessation Change Packageexternal icon, the ASRH QI Package will draw upon existing tools and resources.  Although the Package will be designed for quality improvement in community health centers, it may also be useful for other clinical settings that serve adolescents.

To increase access to quality ASRH services in community health centers, QARE for Teens is also developing several telehealth resources. Like the ASRH QI Package, these resources will be piloted and evaluated in partnership with a set of community health centers, with the ultimate goal of broader use.

For more information about this project, contact DRHInfo@cdc.gov.