Integrating Age Appropriate Reproductive Health into Schools
Through school-based trials and a citywide monitoring system, The Center’s Core research project will:
- Adapt existing intervention modules focusing on the reduction of sexual risk behaviors to supplement LifeSkills Training for grades 7 and 8
- Evaluate the feasibility and the impact of LifeSkills training and the enhanced LifeSkillstraining program on adolescent health and school outcomes
- Identify school and community factors that impact the implementation and outcomes of evidence based programs in schools
- Examine the impact of multiple age appropriate curricula across elementary and middle school
The research project will aim to examine both the impact of age appropriate sexual health education on health risk behaviors as well as school attendance and academic performance among adolescents. Additionally, we will be examining the school and community level factors on fidelity. The study information will be used to improve efforts to increase positive adolescent health, health behaviors and well-being.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI) Evaluation
The Center is working with the Baltimore City Health Department to evaluate the City’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI). TPPI is a component of the B’More for Healthy Babies and works to reduce teen births by improving young people’s access to age-appropriate and evidence-based health education, medically appropriate clinical services, and opportunities to engage their communities and grow as civic leaders. TPPI activities include the Know What You Want campaign, the Youth Advisory Council (YAC), and a multi-agency effort to increase access to Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs). The Center has long served as a member of the TPPI coalition and is now evaluating TPPI’s activities as well as the coalition functioning.
U Choose Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
Baltimore City’s U Choose Coalition, led by the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD), intends to decrease the overall teen birth rate of 43.3 per 1,000 teen girls by 30 percent by the end of the five-year project through reductions in disparities among African American and Hispanic teens, and to ensure sustainable delivery of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention (TPP) programs in Baltimore City. Through this project, BCHD in partnership with the Baltimore City Schools and a network of seven Title X clinics, plans to reach 15,890 adolescents aged 12-19 each year with evidence-based TPP programs implemented in middle schools, high schools, and Title X clinics in Baltimore City. U Choose is implementing It’s Your Game in middle schools, Making Proud Choices in high schools and Seventeen Days in the clinics. The Center is conducting the implementation evaluation of all project activities.
Rales Center for the Integration of Health and Education
The Ruth and Norman Rales Center for the Integration of Health and Education is redesigning school-based health programs to improve the health and thus the academic achievements and lifelong prospects for youth from low-income communities.The first fully integrated school-based health model in the United States, called “READY” (Rales Educational and Health Advancement of Youth) breaks down historical silos between educational and health-related activities. Weaving comprehensive health services and wellness programming into the school environment helps children thrive and achieve academic success.
READY offers a fundamentally new way of viewing primary care, wherein health (including mental health and oral health) services, wellness programming and prevention, and health education are delivered in the school setting, in partnership with teachers, administrators and parents. More information is available at The Rales Center website.
Beth Marshall: firstname.lastname@example.org
Children of Incarcerated Parents
This is an exploratory study that will guide future research efforts as well as the development of public policies and practices concerning children with or who have had an incarcerated parent. The research questions center around the challenges families and children face when a parent is incarcerated, the responses of public systems, and how young people with an incarcerated parent can be more fully supported. The first objective of the proposed project is to conduct a qualitative inquiry into ecosystems of children of incarcerated parents. The ecosystems to be explored include parents, secondary caregivers, peers and other informal supports, judges, parents’ parole/probation officers, police officers, case managers, and other formal supports.
Phil Leaf: email@example.com
Strategic Plan to Reduce Teen Births in Baltimore City: Five Years Later
The Center for Adolescent Health is partnering with Healthy Teen Network and the Baltimore City Health Department to develop a new Strategic Plan to Reduce Teen Births in Baltimore City. With partners, the Center is retrospectively examining data that documents the local efforts over the past five years to support the three recommendations outlined in the original report including: Increased collaboration to provide evidence-based sexuality education and confidential contraceptive services; Increased youth outreach and connection, especially among certain high risk sub- populations of Baltimore youth; and the creation of a city-wide coalition to manage this comprehensive plan, collect data, and advocate at the City and State levels. In addition to examining retrospective data, new quantitative and qualitative data collection will replicate the original data collection to both lay a foundation for the next five years of planning and allow for comparisons of context between the current landscape of programming and youth concerns and those from five years ago.
Health And Well-Being Of Baltimore’s Youth
The Baltimore City Health Department and a coalition of City and State agencies, youth-led networks, academic institutions, and community members are collaborating together to develop and evaluate the implementation and outcomes of Baltimore City’s Youth Health and Wellness (YHW) strategy, baltimoreyouthhealthandwellness.com. This is a five-year plan with the goal of ensuring that all young people in Baltimore ages 6-19 have equal opportunities to connect with the people and services they need to be healthy and successful. The Initiative has three different but related foci: Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies and Healthy Connections, all important to health and each one affecting the other. Center researchers are in the process of developing a number of reports concerning trends in health and wellbeing, geographic and other variations in Baltimore, and the outcomes or lack of outcomes from current and future initiatives.
Faith Leaders Involved in Prevention (FLIP)
The goal of the FLIP Project is to identity the health-related assets available in local congregations. Faith leaders in Baltimore, Maryland are invited to complete a congregational health survey that asks about their congregation, important health issues to their congregants and communities, as well as the resources they offer to meet these needs. Participant response will be used to help develop synergistic approaches to health promotion and prevention among youth and adults. Research finding will aid in the tailoring of health-related programs and sharing of resources across congregations.
theConnect/Baltimore City Opportunity Youth Collaborative
The Center for Adolescent Health is serving as part of Baltimore City’s Backbone for theCONNECT/ Baltimore City Opportunity Youth Collaborative. The mission of theCONNECT is to create integrated, sustainable pathways for youth ages 16-25 leading to post-secondary education, employment, and entrepreneurship opportunities with family sustaining-wages. The vision of this initiative is for all youth who are disconnected from school or employment to have access to the resources and supports needed to maximize their potential and be provided opportunities for sustainable employment. theCONNECT is a broad-based, collective impact collaborative including youth and key leaders from the government, education, business, community, and not-for-profit sectors. Through the development of an integrated network of stakeholders, linked through site-based Pathway and System Navigators, and supported through technological innovations, the network will bridge the silos and mend the gaps in services and supports for these youth. One project under discussion with the Governor’s Office of Children is the placement of GED and workforce training programs in existing Early Childhood Centers and linking with non-site based early childcare initiatives.
Philip Leaf: firstname.lastname@example.org
East Baltimore Trauma Response
Following the city’s uprising, Johns Hopkins President Ronald Daniels has asked Dr. Leaf to create the East Baltimore Community Trauma Response Program. The goal of the East Baltimore Trauma Response is to improve the health and well-being of the local East Baltimore community especially youth by systematically addressing the traumas experienced. In partnership with local residents, community leaders, clergy, educators, and health and human service professionals, we will work towards this goal by promoting safer communities, breaking the cycle of violence, identifying and helping those that have pathological stress responses, fostering resilience, and building a trauma-informed culture for those who provide services to affected individuals so that our community and city can begin the process of healing. To achieve this goals, we are in the process of creating a Trauma Response Team that will support the following activities:
- Training first responders (health professionals, police, and community) for incidents of violence involving children, youth, and families
- Developing trauma-informed community responses for mental health first aid, community supports, and clinical outreach
- Expanding trauma-informed clinical services and procedures at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Emergency Department, Trauma Surgery, and Psychiatry.
- Creating more trauma-informed institutions, including training of human resources personnel, supervisory staff, and others working with Baltimore’s children, youth, families, and those working with Baltimore’s children, youth, and families.
Summer Youth Leadership Institute
The Summer Youth Leadership Institute focuses on youth voice and authentic communication between youth and caring adults within a Restorative Practices framework, in order to spur positive, lasting change in an atmosphere that is purposefully designed to create equity, a mutual dedication and understanding of collective responsibility to actively protect and promote school pride and ownership. Each school-based Summer Institute member will serve as an ambassador of a healthy school climate and will directly address climate issues using skills that promote teamwork, organization, strong verbal and written communication, and innovative presentation skills. The 5-week Summer Youth Leadership Institute is designed to support City Schools in its examination of the social issues students confront in Baltimore City and explore how students creatively respond through organizing, political education, and identity development when part of a support system that values positive youth participation.