Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands
- Carole Miller, MEd, Project Director
- Julie Loughran, MPH, Project Manager
- Elizabeth Schroeder, Consultant
Online Health 4 Young Adults (OH4YA) aims to increase older teen access to sexual and reproductive health care by creating a self-directed, online educational platform in collaboration with Planned Parenthood’s existing Online Health Services (OHS) telehealth program. This platform will be accessed virtually through a mobile device, tablet, or computer, enabling older teens to get the information, care, and support they need, whenever and wherever they need it. To do this, we will: 1) identify what older teens perceive are the common obstacles to accessing sexual and reproductive health information and services, 2) determine what they perceive to be ways of overcoming these obstacles, 3) explore the information and supports that are currently available to them, and 4) propose a design for the platform. By increasing access to information, resources and services, OH4YA has the potential to reduce unintended pregnancy rates among 18- and 19-year-olds.
By providing an easily accessible, on-demand, personalized solution that integrates sexuality education and care, the Online Health 4 Young Adults program will reach even the most at-risk teens with information and resources they need and protect them from unplanned pregnancy and STIs.