Hartford Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative
The Hartford Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (HTPPI)i s a project run by the City of Hartford Department of Health and Human Services. Between 2010 and 2015, the initiative was funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It sought to reduce teen birth rates by 10% in five years. The initiative succeeded in meeting its goal – from 2010 to 2014 teen birth rates decreased by 40% in Hartford.
The initiative now seeks to reduce teen birth rates in Hartford by an additional 10% by 2020. It endeavors to meet this goal by providing evidence-based sexual health programs, increasing young people’s access to clinical services, and engaging in community outreach in a sustainable and culturally sensitive manner.
CWEALF is responsible for leading the evaluation of this grant, and works with researchers from The Institute for Community Research. Evaluation activities include:
- Measuring program outcomes by surveying several hundred youth annually
- Training program facilitators on evaluation methods
- Evaluating the initiative’s effectiveness
- Maintaining comprehensive records of all initiative activities
- Collecting, managing, and analyzing initiative activity data
- Reporting outcome data to funders and project partners
- Annual evaluation of the initiative’s progress
CWEALF also participates in a program planning team called the Core Partner Leadership Team that also consists of staff from City of Hartford Department of Health and Human Services and Planned Parenthood of Southern New England.