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Stakeholder Education and Community Mobilization Garner Support for Sex Education
Tevendale, H. D.
Year Published: 2017
Journal of Adolescent Health
Part of journal supplement, "Implementing Community-Wide Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives;" Open access article funded by the Office of Adolescent Health.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio UT Teen Health (UTTH) implemented a community-wide teen pregnancy prevention (TPP) initiative in south San Antonio. In this article, the authors describe how UTTH staff educated community stakeholders and mobilized community members to support implementation of evidence-based TPP interventions. UTTH educated key stakeholders about the need for TPP efforts, strong local support for such efforts, and the value of evidence-based interventions (EBIs). UTTH also mobilized the community by engaging community members on leadership teams that actively supported the initiative efforts. They developed partnerships to implement EBIs with 16 middle and high schools across five local school districts, two divisions of the juvenile justice system, and five youth-serving organizations. From 2011 to 2015, more than 12,500 youth aged 11 to 19 years received EBIs, mostly through partnerships with local schools. Modified Author Abstract.