This program supports adolescent parents to get an education, acquire job skills, improve parenting abilities and prevent future pregnancies helps them become self-sufficient and better able to support themselves and their families. It also establishes a strong, stable foundation upon which the baby will be raised. By investing in teen parents today, the Adolescent Parenting Program (APP) protects the future of two generations – the young parents themselves and their babies.
This program works to prevent teen pregnancies by educating youth on the importance sexually transmitted disease prevention and birth control options through the implementation of the Making Proud Choices! Program. This program is an eight-module curriculum that provides young adolescents with the knowledge, confidence and skills necessary to reduce their risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV and pregnancy by abstaining from sex or using condoms if they choose to have sex. It is based on cognitive behavioral theories, focus groups and the researchers’ extensive experience working with youth.
The Improving Community Outcomes for Maternal and Child Health (ICO4MCH) initiative addresses those three aims. Our local health department implements one evidence-based strategy in each of the three aims (reducing infant mortality, improving birth outcomes, and improving the health status of children ages birth to five).