Integrated Community Strategies for Linking Youth to Adolescent Reproductive Health Services: A Case Study

Sotolongo, J.,
House, L. D.,
Swanson, S.,
Davis, S. E. H.
Year Published: 2017
Journal Article
Journal Name: 
Journal of Adolescent Health
Volume: 60

Issue: 3
Part of journal supplement, "Implementing Community-Wide Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives;" Open access article funded by the Office of Adolescent Health.

These authors describe the development and promotion of a full-service adolescent health center at a local health department in Gaston County, North Carolina, as part of a multicomponent, community-based teen pregnancy prevention initiative. They implemented multiple strategies to increase teen access to contraceptive and reproductive health care, including building community support, providing technical assistance, strengthening referral partnerships, and educating teens on accessing reproductive health services. Data were collected to examine change in the number of adolescent reproductive health clients after the TWC opened. In the first year, 1,675 adolescent clients received reproductive health services, a 12.5 percent increase over the prior year. The number of adolescent clients who received more than one type of reproductive health services increased by 133 percent, while those who received family planning services increased by 3.8 percent. Modified Author Abstract.

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