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Historical Context for the Creation of the Office of Adolescent Health and the Teen Pregnancy Prevention ProgramIn Fiscal Year 2010, Federal funds were dedicated to support evidence-based approaches to effectively target teen pregnancy prevention and resulted in the establishment of the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) and the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program. Through the tiered TPP Program, OAH supports replication and evaluation of programs using models whose effectiveness has been demonstrated through rigorous evaluation and the development and testing of promising or innovative pregnancy prevention strategies and approaches.
Office of Adolescent Health Medical Accuracy Review Process—Helping Ensure the Medical Accuracy of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program MaterialsThe Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) developed a systematic approach to review for medical accuracy the educational materials proposed for use in Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) programs. This process is also used by the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF) for review of materials used in the Personal Responsibility Education Innovative Strategies (PREIS) Program. This article describes the review process, explaining the methodology, the team implementing the reviews, and the process for distributing review findings and implementing changes.
Practical Experience From the Office of Adolescent Health's Large Scale Implementation of an Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention ProgramAfter 3 years of experience overseeing the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs in a diversity of populations and settings across the country, the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) has learned numerous lessons through practical application and new experiences. These lessons and experiences are applicable to those working to implement evidence-based programs on a large scale. The lessons described in this paper focus on what it means for a program to be implementation ready, the role of the program developer in replicating evidence-based programs, the importance of a planning period to ensure quality implementation, the need to define and measure fidelity, and the conditions necessary to support rigorous grantee-level evaluation.
Enhancing a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program With Text Messaging: Engaging Minority Youth to Develop TOP® Plus TextTo develop and pilot a theory-based, mobile phone texting component attractive to minority youth as a supplement to the Teen Outreach Program®, a youth development program for reducing teen pregnancy and school dropout.