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Dr. Robert Strack leads a process on designing a community roadmap for adolescent pregnancy prevention at a summit hosted by UNCG and the Guilford Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.
Public Health Education faculty partner with community to organize an Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Summit
Three years ago the Cone Health Foundation asked Dr. Robert Strack to write a white paper (PDF) on strategies to address adolescent pregnancy in Guilford County. One outcome of the white paper: the Feb. 14 Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Summit, which drew nearly 300 participants. A variety of stakeholders including teens and parents, community and health organizations, faith leaders, public school system staff, as well as university students, staff and faculty attended. Five local foundations banded together to fund the event, and United States Senator Kay Hagan provided a video introduction.
Dr. Strack and his team led the large group through a process of deciding the most important and changeable issues to focus on as a community. Community-wide efforts and a network of strategies came out of the summit, and continued recommendations and gatherings are planned for the ongoing effort to minimize the number of adolescents who become pregnant. To share the work of the summit, Dr. Strack and his team are making video content of the event available though UNCG's recently launched iTunesU and are writing up the process as a model for others.