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Place Matters: Youth Perspectives on Teen Pregnancy and their Environments

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Published on Sep 21, 2015

In 2014, the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention: Integrating Services, Programs, and Strategies Through Communitywide Initiatives Project collaborated with Youth Leadership Teams (YLT) from the City of Hartford Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative and the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy’s Youth First initiative to create a video presenting teens’ perspectives on the unique contexts where they live, learn, work, and play and the influence these community factors have on teen pregnancy. JSI designed this video to be used with a diverse audience (e.g., youth, parents, evidence-based intervention (EBI) facilitators, school staff, healthcare providers, and community members). As a video companion tool, JSI developed a discussion guide designed to engage two main audiences around the social determinants of teen pregnancy - adults who serve youth EBI facilitators and youth.

Questions in each section of the guide are broken down by the main themes YLT members address in the video: (1) what their community and family mean to them; (2) the challenges they face; (3) recommendations as to how their communities can better support them; and (4) their hopes and dreams.

The aim of this video and discussion guide is to raise awareness about community context influencing teen pregnancy, encourage communities to incorporate a social determinants of health approach to teen pregnancy prevention, and suggest six concrete actions to mobilize viewers in reducing risks and enhancing protective factors in their communities.

Additional resources available at rhey.jsi.com.

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