Building the knowledge base about evidence-based reproductive health education programs

March 29, 2017News, pregnancy, teens

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Evidence-based reproductive health education programs for younger teens have received considerable attention and investment over the last few years but knowledge about the needs of 18 and 19-year-olds, particularly community college students, and the programs that benefit them, is comparatively sparse. In fact, the highest rate of teen pregnancy occurs among the 18 and 19 year-old age group, yet teen pregnancy prevention programs typically target a younger demographic.

To fill this gap, Healthy Futures of Texas (HFTX) is providing evidence-based sexual education to community college students in San Antonio using the Seventeen Days and SHARP curricula.

CFRP is conducting an implementation and outcomes evaluation to determine whether the programs are being implemented according to the HFTX work plan and to analyze the factors that enhance and limit program implementation in a community college setting. This evaluation will build knowledge about the pregnancy prevention interventions that are most effective with community college populations.

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On March 30, 2017, CFRP Research Associate Sydney J. Briggs presented preliminary findings from the evaluation of lessons from BAE-B-SAFE, an innovative partnership between HFTX and the Alamo College District, at the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy 2017 Annual Symposium.

Ms. Briggs discussed what the early data says about community college students’ unique needs as well as their experiences with, attitudes towards, and access to reproductive health services.

For more about our adolescent health and wellbeing work, visit http://childandfamilyresearch.org/research/ahw-teen-preg/ or learn more about Sexual Health and Pregnancy Prevention among Community College Students: Gaps in Knowledge and Barriers to Health Care Access.

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CFRP Research Associate Sydney J. Briggs and Healthy Futures of Texas BAE-B-SAFE team with Dr Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli of the World Health Organization (WHO).