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Bronx Teens Connection's Clinic Linkage Model: Connecting Youth to Quality Sexual and Reproductive Health Care
O'Uhuru, D. J.,
Murray, L. E.,
Bedell, J. F.
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.
To address elevated teen pregnancy and birth rates in the Bronx, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene implemented the Bronx Teens Connection (BxTC), a community-wide, multicomponent intervention to reduce unintended teen pregnancy. The BxTC Clinic Linkage Model sought to increase teens’ access to and use of sexual and reproductive health care by expanding community partner capacity to link neighborhood clinics to youth-serving organizations, including schools. BxTC staff conducted needs assessments, delineated criteria for linkages, clarified roles and responsibilities, established trainings, and developed process evaluation methods. Early results demonstrated the strength and feasibility of the model over a 4-year period, with 31 linkages established, more than 11,300 contacts between clinic health educators and teens, and increased adherence to CDC-defined clinical best practices for adolescent reproductive health. Modified Author Abstract.