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In the fall of 2010 the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) was awarded funding from the Federal Office of Adolescent Health to implement an evidence based teen pregnancy prevention curriculum. They have partnered with the Department of Juvenile Justice Services, the Clark County Department of Family Services, and the City of Las Vegas to offer this curriculum to the youth in juvenile detention, probation, community centers, and life skills classes for youth aging out of the foster care system. The Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy (NICRP) has been contracted to complete the outcome evaluation for this program and is collecting data to help measure the program’s progress toward meeting its goals. The program will be implemented over a five year period with the goal of reducing teen pregnancy and birth rates, as well as the rate of sexually transmitted infections among adolescents in Southern Nevada. To achieve these goals, the SNHD selected two evidence based curricula: Be Proud! Be Responsible! and ¡Cuidate!. Both are designed to educate youth about protecting themselves from sexual health risks. Adolescents who participated in the program also completed surveys to allow for an evaluation of the program’s impact on their knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to sexual health.
Year One of this project was considered a “pilot” year to allow for adjustments in curriculum implementation, venues, and survey instruments. Therefore, the Year One Pilot data is not included in the analyses for the current report. The current report is based on the cumulative data collected during Year Two and Year Three of the project.
During Year Two and Year Three of the project, 1617 youth were enrolled in the program (completed a pre-survey) and of those, 1336 (82.6%) completed the course. Youth from juvenile detention, probation, foster care, and community centers participated in the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. To date, 1035 participants have become eligible for the 3-month follow-up survey and 543 have been completed for a 3-month follow-up survey response rate of 52.5%. There are 821 participants that have become eligible for a 6-month follow-up survey of which 400 have been completed, for a 6-month follow-up survey response rate of 48.7%.
Nevada; Teenage pregnancy – Prevention
Health Services Research | Immune System Diseases | Maternal and Child Health | Public Health | Virus Diseases
Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy,
Southern Nevada Health District,
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Year Three Outcome Evaluation Report for the Southern Nevada Health District.
Available at: https://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/nicrp_reports/45