Poster Sessions: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Description of poster sessions

Bronx Teens Connection’s Clinic Linkage Model: Connecting Youth to Quality Sexual and Reproductive Health Care (Poster)

Deborah O’Uhuru (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)
Many public health interventions to reduce unintended teen pregnancy rely heavily on efforts to increase teens’ access to sexual and reproductive health care (SRH) such as increasing community awareness of available services and encouraging agencies to improve SRH referral practices. The Bronx Clinic Linkage Model (BCLM) used a more targeted approach to facilitate teens’ access to SRH by formalizing the relationships between primarily nonclinical organizations (such as schools and foster care agencies) and local clinical resources. This workshop will discuss the development of the BCLM, highlight implementation results, and provide recommendations for other municipalities or organizations that seek to employ a similar linkage model.

Learning from Someone Who Knows: Formative Research and Design of an Intervention to Encourage Teens’ Social Communication about Birth Control (Poster)

Edith Fox (University of California, San Francisco)
Friends are a valued source of contraceptive information. Innovations to promote such social communication can help young people choose an effective birth control method. We conducted 24 interviews and two focus groups with adolescents to explore their preferences for social communication about birth control. Participants preferred face-to-face conversations or texting with peers about contraception over communication on social media. An approximately equal proportion preferred to share information in pamphlets as preferred digital resources. We incorporated results into the design of an intervention to encourage users of the IUD and implant to talk to peers about their contraceptive method.

Ready to Re:MIX? An Innovative Youth Sexual Health Education Program (Poster)

Jennifer Manlove and Bianca Faccio(Child Trends, Inc.) and Jenifer DeAtley, Monica Armendariz, Jina Sorensen, and Tracy Parks (EngenderHealth, Inc.)
This poster introduces Re:MIX, a comprehensive in-school sexual health education and youth development curriculum for adolescents. Young parents serve as peer educators and teach alongside professional health educators to deliver information via non-traditional approaches, including game-based tools, technology and storytelling. Re:MIX challenges participants to re-think traditional gender norms regarding masculinity and femininity and genders’ impact on reproductive health outcomes, including unplanned teenage pregnancy. Re:MIX establishes an environment that is inclusive of all young people’s experiences and provides them information necessary to stay safe and healthy. The poster will describe the curriculum, student characteristics, the randomized-control trial design, and preliminary implementation findings.

Pulse, an App in Action: Preliminary Usage Results from a Randomized Control Trial (Poster)

Jennifer Manlove, Elizabeth Cook, Makedah Johnson (Child Trends) Genevieve Martinez-García, Milagros Garrido, and Nick Sufrinko (Healthy Teen Network)
Pulse is currently being tested via a two-armed randomized controlled trial with 1,500 young women. This poster will share preliminary results from the trial and will share lessons learned on recruiting and retaining participants in an online study.

Stay Sexy, Stay Healthy? Using Design to Remove Barriers to STI Testing for Youth (Poster)

Becky Slogeris (MICA Center for Social Design) and Suzanne Grieb (Johns Hopkins Center for Child and Community Health Research)
With funding from a three-year CDC grant, the Johns Hopkins Center for Child and Community Health Research, Baltimore City Health Department, and the Center for Social Design at Maryland Institute College of Art have been working collaboratively to design, implement, and test design solutions to increasing access to STI testing and normalizing STI testing for Baltimore youth. This session will showcase design research methodologies from the project, explore the challenges and success of collaborating across the disciplines of design and public health, and provide participants with design tools to use in their own work.

Sustainable Support: Building Partnerships between Education Agencies and Public Health Partners to Improve Adolescent Sexual Health (Poster)

Samantha Ritter (National Association of County and City Health Officials [NACCHO]), Brittany McBride (Advocates for Youth), and Lillian Pinto (National Coalition of STD Directors)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) funds several national organizations—Advocates for Youth (Advocates), National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD), School-Based Health Alliance (SBHA) and the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO)—in a new initiative to strengthen collaboration among national organizations and their affiliates to increase implementation of school-based approaches for sexual health education, sexual health services, and safe and supportive environments. The funded national organizations support local action planning to bolster relationships between education and public health. The poster will provide an overview of the partnership’s structure and methodology for local action planning.

Getting Conservative Christian Parents on Board with Consent Education (Poster)

Catherine Smith (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists [AASECT])
Research to Practice
This presentation addresses the objections that many conservative Christians have to comprehensive sex education, including an objection to teaching consent. Many parents who identify as conservative Christians believe that their children—particularly their daughters—should not be given control over their bodies but rather should leave decision-making to their fathers. This presentation suggests approaches and frameworks that might make the topic of consent more acceptable to this community, so that their children can have access to consent education. This presentation is based on data from an ethnographic case study in a conservative Protestant community in rural Pennsylvania.

Bronx Parents’ Knowledge and Perceptions of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (Poster)

Maria Olivia Egemba (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)
Research to Practice
The authors aim to present the findings of The Bronx Adult Opinion Poll (AOP), a telephone-based survey of adults 18 years of age or older conducted in 2012 in Bronx County to ascertain parents’ beliefs, attitudes, and knowledge around adolescent sexual and reproductive health. This session will highlight the important findings from the AOP including: parents’ perceptions of teen pregnancy; parents’ thoughts on teen sexual activity; parents’ role in preventing unintended pregnancies, STDs, and HIV; parents’ knowledge and support of teens accessing healthcare services; and, parents’ knowledge and support of comprehensive sexual health education in schools.

“If You Don’t Ask, I’m Not Telling You Anything”: What Works When Engaging in Real Talk with Foster Youth around Dating and Sexual Behaviors? (Poster)

Elizabeth M. Aparicio (University of Maryland, College Park) and Rhoda Smith (Springfield College)
Public Policy & Social Change
Qualitative methodology examining communication with millennial foster alumni confirms social workers’ and foster parents’ unique positions for conversations about dating and sexual behaviors. Building upon system themes of lifelong connection and inclusiveness and personal themes of trust and family, we will engage participants in brainstorming ways to establish a foster care culture where safety and sex education are more normative than exceptional. A strengths-based perspective will leave participants excited regarding the ‘new normal’ for foster youth transitioning to adulthood. Strategies to formulate policies to support and encourage necessary conversations to facilitate relevant and practical transfer of information for foster youth will be explored.

Sex in the Mobile World: Formative Process to Develop a Sex Ed Mobile App for Youth (Poster)

Genevieve Martinez-García (Healthy Teen Network)
The Crush mobile app was developed with strong youth involvement. This poster will describe the modalities used for the formative research and youth’s involvement throughout the conceptualization, production, and testing phase of the mobile app.

A Multigenerational Odyssey: A 28-Year Follow-Up of Teen Mothers and Families (Poster)

Lee SmithBattle (Saint Louis University)
Research to Practice
The objective of this poster is to describe a multigenerational, qualitative study that has followed teen mothers and their families for 28 years to examine how lives are shaped by life events, family relationships, and social contexts. Families were first interviewed when teens’ infants were eight months old and interviewed again every 4-6 years. Ten families and 40 members (mothers and their parents, partners, and children) participated at in the final interview. Family cases will illustrate major findings including the role that mothering has played in redirecting their lives over time and the impact of social disparities on long-term maternal-child outcomes.

Neighborhood-Level Factors Associated with Declines in Teen Pregnancy (Poster)

Lauren Okano (Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health)
Baltimore experienced a 30% reduction in teen births between 2009 and 2013. Yet, the current teen birth rate remains much higher than the national average and disparities within the city persist. As part of the Baltimore Youth and Wellness (YHW) Strategy to reduce teen births, this study examines variation in changes in teen birth rates across all neighborhoods. In addition, we identify neighborhood-level factors that explain why some neighborhoods met or exceeded the 30% reduction, while others remained unchanged or increased during this time. Findings will inform YHW efforts to reduce disparities in teen births across Baltimore by informing the dissemination of evidence-based interventions to reduce teen births at the neighborhood level.

Likes, Tweets, and Hashtags: Harnessing the Power of Social Media to Recruit Study (Poster)

Genevieve Martinez-García, Milagros Garrido, and Nick Sufrinko (Healthy Teen Network)
Social media and internet advertising continue to prove promising frontiers for the recruitment and engagement of participants for programs, studies, and campaigns. This poster shares key lessons from the digital recruitment efforts of the Pulse Study, a randomized control trial testing a web-based sexual and reproductive health app for young adult women. While Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google all offer promising metrics to advertisers, in the Pulse Study, platforms varied in producing eligible recruits. Platform-specific targeting abilities and return-on-investment are explored and the impact of incentives, user experience, and race and ethnicity on recruitment are considered.

Experiences during Adolescence in a Sample of Individuals with Attraction to Children (Poster)

Maggie Ingram (Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health)
Public Policy & Social Change
In this session, we will introduce novel concepts regarding the impact of attraction to children on adolescents who have recently become aware of their attraction. The Help Wanted Project, which consisted of qualitative interviews with 30 individuals with attraction to children, was designed by the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse in order to inform the development of an online intervention for adolescents who are attracted to children. My analysis of the data showed that many participants experienced adverse outcomes related to their attraction to children, including anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation and behavior, and social isolation.

Support Relationships: Role in Psychosocial Outcomes for Teen Mothers and Their Children (Poster)

Towanda Street (University of Maryland)
Research to Practice
The poster examines the relationship between social support and strain in key support relationships on symptoms of depression in teen mothers and behavior outcomes in their children over time. Using a patient-centered medical home model, teen mother-child dyads received intensive social work and mental health services incorporated into this primary care setting. Participants will learn the extent to which social support and strain are associated with maternal depression and child behavioral outcomes in urban, low-income, African American teen families.

Reproductive and General Health Knowledge in Jamaican Teen Mothers: Identifying the Gaps in Knowledge (Poster)

Katherine Haigh and Judith Herrman (University of Delaware)
Public Policy & Social Change
The focus of this research was to identify gaps in knowledge regarding health care for young mothers in a Jamaican residential home with the intention of informing future educational materials targeted to the needs of this vulnerable population. To be eligible to participate, young women needed to be residents of the setting, aged 12-17, and either pregnant and/or parenting. Thirteen teen mothers participated, all of whom were either currently in school or planning to attend once their child was old enough. Data were then analyzed for content with frequency of responses used to construct themes.

Positive Potential:  A Longitudinal Evidence-Based Middle School Adolescent Pregnancy and STD/HIV Prevention Program That Promotes Positive Youth Development And Reduces Other Risky Behaviors (Poster)

Donna Golob (A Positive Approach to Teen Health [PATH, Inc.])
Research to Practice
There are a limited number of evidence-based middle school programs that delay onset of sexual activity and other risk behaviors and promote positive youth development (PYD). This poster will introduce the Positive Potential program, a newly developed innovative evidence-based program for students in grades 6-8 that intends to delay the onset of sexual intercourse, promote PYD; reduce substance use, viewing pornography, and engaging in peer violence; and, increase attitudes, knowledge, and skill and behavior intentions to avoid and reduce sexual activity. Join us as we share the results of our study and tell you more about how Positive Potential focuses on holistic health promotion, PYD, social determinants of health, and the social-ecological model. 

Expanding Access to High Quality Supportive Services for Expectant and Parenting Teens, Women, Fathers, and Their Families (Poster)

Mousumi Banikya-Leaseburg and Lisa Zingman (Office of Adolescent Health)
Research to Practice
The Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF), established in 2010 as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and administered by the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is a competitive federal grant program for states and tribal agencies to support expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families. This poster will provide an overview of the PAF Program and highlight OAH’s work to address the diverse needs of expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families. Specifically, the poster will describe the needs of young families, characteristics and outcomes of participants, and the new holistic program approach and grantee cohort. The poster will also highlight key data and lessons learned from the past cohorts.

Putting Crush to the Test: Final Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial (Poster)

Genevieve Martinez-García (Healthy Teen Network)
The Crush mobile app study has enrolled over 1,200 adolescents ages 14-18 to test its efficacy in a two-armed randomized controlled trial. This poster will highlight key outcomes from the study.

El Camino: A Road to Education and Pregnancy Prevention (Poster)

Jennifer Manlove, Sam Beckwith, and Bianca Faccio (Child Trends, Inc.)
Research to Practice
This poster illustrates the process of how research findings were utilized to develop the structure, core components, and key messages of El Camino, a newly developed pregnancy prevention program targeted towards Latino high school students. El Camino aims to help participants develop knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and relationships that support their ability to identify links between teen pregnancy and achieving their educational goals. Results of El Camino are included on the poster.

Community Support for Young Parents Program (Poster)

Beth DeHart and Meredith Talford (South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy)
In response to the Office of Adolescent Health’s (OAH) Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) announcement in 2013 a collaboration, led by the Children’s Trust of SC (Children’s Trust) was formed with the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (SC Campaign), SC Thrive, SC Center for Fathers and Families (Center), and SC Rural Health Research Center (SCRHRC) to establish the Community Support for Young Parents (CSYP) project. Once funding was awarded by OAH this state level team organized a request for proposal process to identify organizations within a select group of counties that could demonstrate need and capacity to engage in this work. Organizations from four counties, Darlington, Horry, Richland and Spartanburg Counties serve as Local Coordinating Agencies (LCA) based on their ability to establish and or expand existing partnerships to support the goals of the CSYP project and to successfully perform as a sub-recipient of federal dollars. Local coordinating agencies lead the efforts of community partners to provide wrap-around services and referrals, utilize a case-management framework, and implement evidence-based parenting and pregnancy prevention programs in community- and school-based settings. The program has four goals:1. Increase the educational attainment of S.C. young parents – mothers and fathers; 2. Reduce the number of repeat teen pregnancies and births among S.C. teens; 3. Improve parenting skills and ensure children in S.C. receive quality care; and 4. Increase quality, quantity and awareness of services for young parents.

Wisconsin InSPIRE Project: Making a Lasting Impact (Poster)

Michelle Wales (Janesville School District)
Foundations of Practice
InSPIRE stands for In School Pregnancy/Parenting Interventions, Resources and Education.  It is a program designed to serve pregnant and parenting teens by helping them stay in school and graduate.  It is an opportunity for a pregnant or parenting student to learn more about taking care of a child and being a parent, and to have access to various community resources.  Over the past 3 years of programming, the InSPIRE project has seen a reduction of teen parents dropping out of school and a reduction in high-risk behavior for potential child abuse.  We have also experienced an increase in ACT scores and the number of student case management contacts every year.