Decreasing Repeat Pregnancy Among Pregnant and Parenting Teens
To evaluate program implementation and program acceptability and outcomes for pregnant and parenting teens
This secondary prevention project has a goal of reducing repeat pregnancies among those most at risk and in greatest need of services: teen mothers. Young women (14 to 19 years of age) who are pregnant or who have newborns will be recruited (120 per year) from Denver Health and local organizations, agencies, and high schools that serve this population. The program will build protective factors that mitigate the impact of past and future negative factors, empower participants to make healthy decisions, provide tools and resources to prevent pregnancy and STIs, and prevent youth engagement in other risky behaviors. The mixed-methods descriptive evaluation will investigate the extent to which the program is being delivered as intended and identify implementation and organizational processes that promote or hinder effective implementation of the program. Data collected throughout the project will be used for continuous quality improvement and future programming and research planning.