Illinois Department of Human Services
Project Overview: The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) envisions a future of healthy youth making informed decisions in which unplanned teen pregnancies do not occur. To execute this vision and achieve the goal of the project, IDHS selected and established partnerships with seven community-based organizations that will serve nine communities by replicating evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs to scale in three settings: 1) Elementary and/or middle schools; 2) High schools; and 3) Alternative schools or community-based afterschool programs. The project is comprised of six major components, all of which are aimed at decreasing teen birth rates: 1) Executing the 10-step Getting to Outcomes process including a resource assessment; 2) Delivering teen pregnancy prevention evidence-based curriculum in three settings; 3) Establishing linkages and making referrals to youth-friendly health care services; 4) Working with Community Advisory Groups; 5) Working with Youth Leadership Councils; and 6) Coordinating communication activities and strategic dissemination.
Target Population: Students in 10 communities outside of Chicago
Geographic Area Served (Urbanicity of Community): Ten communities outside of Chicago (Urban and suburban)
Teen Birth Rate in Area Served (Per 1,000): 26.8 - 74.9