Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

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Testing an Adolescent-Centered Model of Contraceptive Care to Reduce Teen Pregnancy


The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Project Team

Aletha Akers, MD, MPH, FACOG, Principal Director
Alix Timko, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
Jennifer Harding, MPA, Research Director

Alanna Butler, MPH, Research Coordinator

Neffie Richardson, MPH, Research Assistant

Project Summary

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) innovative program makes teen pregnancy prevention an integral part of pediatric primary and specialty care. This program integrates several complementary strategies known to improve contraceptive uptake and adherence into a single care model delivered in a pediatric hospital system. During year 2 of their iTP3 project, CHOP will complete development of three proposed programs within their care model: 1) an initial reproductive health visit (IRHV) for adolescents aged 12 to 19 years, (2) a youth and parent peer contraceptive advisor program, and (3) a health coaching program to support contraceptive adherence.