Building School and Community Collaborations to Serve Teen Parents
Katie Campbell, Hays CISD; Dr. Norma Perez-Brena, Texas State University
In this session, the presenter will provide a description of the PEP model at Hays High School, the SR/SF model, and then describe how these programs collaborate to create a multi-faceted service delivery model. She will also provide an overview of their evidence-based model informed by adolescent development and family systems dynamics, which includes the use of three evidence-based curricula focused on co-parenting, relationship, and life skills. Lastly, the presenter will cover the techniques they use to ensure a strong collaborative relationship, including weekly triage meetings, monthly site visits, biannual advisory board meetings, the integration of both systems into a singular delivery model, and sharing and integrating both program goals to ensure students feel these are cohesive programs.
Recognize multifaceted needs of adolescent parents
Identify one service delivery strategy designed to specifically meet the needs of teen parents in a school-based program
Engaging Church Leaders in Reduction of Teen Birth Rate in High Risk Areas
Dr. Mandy Golman and Dr. Nila Ricks, Texas Woman's University
Involving faith-based organizations in community health promotion has gained widespread interest and has been a successful approach in addressing various health disparities in vulnerable communities. However, there is comparatively little evidence regarding sexual health promotion among faith-based organizations. Some agencies have responded to the challenge of reducing teen pregnancy with broad-based initiatives involving many different sectors of the community, including faith-based organizations. This session will share best practices for engaging the faith community in improving adolescent health as well as raise awareness about continued disparities existing in reproductive health accessibility and outcomes.
Identify barriers that church leaders encounter to engage in teen pregnancy prevention in their communities.
Describe recommendations to help facilitate collaborative efforts with church leaders to reduce teen pregnancy in high risk areas