Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPP)
Sometimes the PRCHN’s programs come from unexpected sources. Take for example, the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program, for which the PRCHN is acting as external evaluator. The TPP began with the PRCHN’s Partners in Education, Evaluation, and Training (PEER) Program, which helps community organizations increase their research capacity by training and mentoring a staff member of that organization. In 2015, PEER Fellow Gloria Agosto Davis, Program Manager with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH), created a PEER project titled “Analyzing the Teen Wellness Program Using the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.” Heidi Gullett, a faculty member in CWRU’s Department of Family Medicine, was her faculty partner, and Claire Boettler served as her organizational mentor from the Board of Health. Agosto Davis’s research results showed that the YRBS data collected to gauge overall youth risk behaviors could be used as a proxy for health program interventions. She also concluded that future programming at the board of health should include a plan for assessing health outcomes in addition to post-test knowledge surveys.
With Dr. Gullett’s assistance, Agosto Davis submitted a successful grant proposal to the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health. The end result is the TPP, which provides evidence-based human sexuality programming in a classroom setting to fifth through ninth grade students in seven local school districts and at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community Center of Greater Cleveland. The Cuyahoga County Board of Health has engaged the PRCHN as the External Evaluator for the five-year project.
The PRCHN’s evaluation team is being led by Associate Director Erika Trapl, PhD, and Research Associate Sarah Koopman-Gonzalez (pictured left). Koopman-Gonzalez notes that the center's role has several aspects, including fidelity monitoring, a process evaluation to monitor the way the program is being implemented as well as evaluating the expected outcomes of the program.
Agosto Davis states “The PRCHN has a long history of evaluating sexual health education curricula, which makes them an ideal partner for this initiative. This project requires the monitoring of program implementation through fidelity checklists administered by the program facilitators, objective observations (completed by PRCHN and CCBH staff), and individual-level demographic and program satisfaction data collected from students. The PRCHN has the experience essential to conduct a thorough evaluation for this important project and we hope that this study will add to the body of knowledge concerning best practices for our field.”
Koopman-Gonzalez and her team of graduate assistants are finalizing the evaluation plans and instruments during this planning and piloting year as the TPP gears up for its first year of full implementation in fall 2016. She notes “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work on a project of this scope. This program encompasses not only teen pregnancy prevention but overall wellness. It provides youth with lifelong health lessons.”
Posted: Wednesday, June 8, 2016