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:
• identify what older teens perceive are the common obstacles to accessing sexual and reproductive health information and services,
• determine what they perceive to be ways of overcoming these obstacles,
• explore the information and supports that are currently available to them, and
• 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.
Impact on Teen Pregnancy Prevention
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.