Teen Pregnancy Prevention Approaches in Rural Georgia

Thursday, July 20, 2023: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Grand Hall East - C/D (Hyatt Regency Downtown Atlanta)
This panel presentation will provide an overview of three Office of Population Affairs (OPA) Funded Teen Pregnancy Prevention Projects that served special populations in Rural Georgia to reduce teen pregnancy prevention, prevent STI's, and increase optimal adolescent health. The purpose of this presentation is to share strategies used to reach the populations, share promising programs, as well as to share how social media was utilized to improve health communication and marketing of the projects. The Statewide Network project under Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) implemented a three-year innovation and impact strategy to explore, develop, test, refine, evaluate and disseminate effective parenting and caregiver interventions that help reduce teen pregnancy, STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections), and related risks for teens in the state of Georgia. The Taking Time for Teens (T3) Project, also under MSM, was funded to implement evidenced-based interventions to address teen pregnancy prevention and overall adolescent health for youth ages 15-19 in 12 Rural Southwest Georgia Counties. The Stronger Together Project under Albany State University worked with community partners and young parents in 18 southwest Georgia counties to develop networks and innovations focusing on delaying additional pregnancies, preventing STI’s, and improving health, and supporting expectant and parenting youth ages 15-24. Overall, these three projects have profoundly impacted the lives of families and youth in Southwest Georgia; each in its own way using strategic methods, innovative and unique ideas, and dedicated community support to achieve optimal adolescent health.

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