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American Journal of Public Health: Building the Evidence Base to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Friday, September 30, 2016

On September 30, 2016, the American Journal of Public Health released a special supplement which focuses on findings from the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program, a five-year grant program operated by the HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH). The supplement, funded by OAH, reports on the results of more than half of the studies conducted in the first cohort of OAH TPP Program grantees. The TPP Program rigorously evaluated evidence-based and promising teen pregnancy prevention programs to learn more about what works, for whom, and under what conditions.

“In this volume, OAH shows it remains committed to learning from research and evaluation, using data and evaluation results, and encouraging practitioners to do the same,” said Evelyn Kappeler, Director, HHS Office of Adolescent Health. “These data can help decision-makers to make more informed choices about which programs and strategies that prevent adolescent pregnancy are the best fit to have the greatest impact in their community.”

The journal supplement highlights findings from a subset of grantees of the OAH Teen Pregnancy Program’s 41 studies. The research articles are categorized into two groups according to their funding purpose. They present:

  • Findings from replications of program models that previously showed evidence of effectiveness;
  • Findings from new and innovative programs that were rigorously evaluated for the first time.

A number of editorials discuss the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, lessons learned, and expert commentary.

  • Several editorials describe the TPP Program, its evaluation portfolio, and the intensive evaluation technical assistance activities that supported the evaluation studies;
  • Three editorials provide additional discussion and context for understanding lessons learned from the studies and how to interpret mixed findings;
  • Four editorials expand on the evaluation studies.

Read the American Journal of Public Health Supplement on Building the Evidence to Prevent Teen Pregnancy for free at: http://ajph.aphapublications.org/toc/ajph/106/S1

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