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Why We Need Evidence-Based, Community-Wide Approaches for Prevention of Teen Pregnancy
Barfield, W. D.,
Year Published: 2017
Journal of Adolescent Health
Issue: Issue 3, Supplement
Special Issue: Implementing Community-Wide Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives
Teen pregnancy and childbearing have declined to historic lows over the past two decades, with the most recent declines occurring during a time of coordinated national efforts to address teen pregnancy. This special issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health highlights a federal partnership to reduce teen pregnancy and births through the implementation of innovative, evidence-based approaches in high-risk communities, with a focus on reaching African-American and Latino/Hispanic youth. Contributing authors present results and lessons learned from this partnership, describing the implementation of multicomponent initiatives in communities most affected by teen pregnancy, as well as the tailored training and technical assistance provided by national partners. They also discuss the important role that capacity building plays in the successful implementation of evidenced-based interventions to reduce teen pregnancy.