Today, the Journal of Adolescent Health published a special supplement featuring findings and lessons learned from the HHS Office of Adolescent Health’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) grant program.
Teen birth rates for all age groups and all racial and ethnic groups are now at historic lows. “Despite this striking progress, the United States still ranks among the highest in teen births among higher-income countries,” said HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH.
Dr. Koh said he hopes this supplemental issue “can add substantially to the growing science of implementing and testing teen pregnancy prevention programs.”
Evelyn Kappeler, director of the HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), agreed. “Advancing knowledge of ‘what works’ for reducing teen pregnancies and enhancing healthy development is central to the mission of OAH. We remain committed to helping communities move forward to implement proven strategies so that more young people can grow into healthy, productive young adults.”
The SC Campaign is honored to be a part of this special journal supplement. ""In the first 20 years of the SC Campaign we have made significant progress on this issue and learned an incredible amount in the process,"" said Forrest Alton, SC Campaign CEO. ""Any opportunity to share knowledge and lessons learned with colleagues – while at the same time learning from them – is certainly welcomed. It’s important that all of us maintain a commitment to increasing an understanding of ‘what works’ and sharing that information with others.”
Each paper in the supplement -- “Implementing Evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs: Legislation to Practice” -- addresses a unique topic in implementation science while reinforcing common themes, such as the importance of planning, monitoring fidelity, and assessing and building capacity. The supplement highlights various programs being implemented by the TPP grantees, which include both evidence-based replications as well as innovative strategies to reduce teen pregnancy among different populations and in different communities and settings. Also included are articles on the historical context and development of the Office of Adolescent Health and the TPP program and the processes developed to support TPP grantees and monitor program outcomes.
OAH administers the TPP Program and works to prevent teen pregnancy by supporting the replication of evidence-based programs and the implementation of demonstration programs to develop and test new models and innovative strategies. The five-year grant programs are nearing completion of their fourth year of funding.
For more information on the Office of Adolescent Health and the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, click here
For the full copy of the Journal of Adolescent Health March 2014 Special Issue Supplement, Volume 54, Number 3S, please click here
. The full issue will be available via open access for the next six months.