UTHealth School of Public Health
- Kimberly Johnson, DrPH, Project Director/PI
- Susan Tortolero, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator
- Christine Markham, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator
Although teen birth rates are declining, rates among minority youth living in economically disadvantaged communities are still high and programs targeting a critical demographic, males, are limited. The UTHealth School of Public Health plans to develop, Be Legendary, a theoretically based approach to improve reproductive health and well-being among older teen males living in economically distressed communities. Specifically, success of this program is expected to result in contraception-related communication; support for use of moderately or highly effective contraceptive methods; and desire for pregnancy prevention with like skills outcomes including job readiness and career awareness.
Be Legendary will encourage older male teens living in economically distressed communities to be successful in life by preventing unintended pregnancy by integrating teen pregnancy prevention outcomes with life skills outcomes, such as job readiness and career awareness.