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

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Organization

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Project Team

Aletha Akers, MD, MPH, FACOG, Project Director
Alix Timko, PhD, Psychologist/Collaborator
Andrea Hoopes, MD, MPH, Consultant/Collaborator
Jennifer Harding, MPA, Research Director
Caren Steinway, MPH, MSW, Support

Project Summary

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia plans to improve reproductive health among adolescents by making reproductive health a central part of pediatric health care services. The central elements of this program include 1) an initial reproductive health visit for adolescents 12-19 years of age, 2) a youth and parent peer contraceptive advisor program, and 3) a health coaching program to support contraceptive adherence. Through these efforts, this team aims to improve contraceptive uptake and adherence among adolescents by offering support services to the adolescents and their caregivers to ultimately reduce teen pregnancy in the nearby communities.

Impact on Teen Pregnancy Prevention

This project will improve reproductive health among adolescents cared for in the hospital’s primary and specialty care departments by making reproductive health a central part of pediatric health care services.