February 10, 2010
The Hennepin County Board on Thursday will hear results from a pilot teen pregnancy prevention project.
County planners are expected to request $300,000 in federal funds to expand the pilot to other areas.
The report is the result of a three-year evaluation of teen pregnancy prevention initiatives in four areas: sex education, resources for parent communication about sex, youth development, and access to reproductive health services.
"Our focus is to promote smart investments," said Katherine Meerse, a planning analyst for the county. "We can spend a lot of money on things that don't work. But if we want to make a difference, we should invest in things that do work."
Several effective interventions were identified during the pilot:
Hennepin officials are hoping the initiatives will help reduce the social costs of teen pregnancy in the county, which they estimated at $32.7 million in 2004.
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
02.07.2010; Tara Bannow
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