Springfield Pregnant and Parenting Teen Project
Overview: The Springfield Pregnant and Parenting Teen Project (SPPTP) is a partnership between Partners for a Healthier Community, MCDI, the YWCA of Western Massachusetts, Behavioral Health Network and other community based organizations.
The Partners in the SPPTP will create an integrated service structure to formally link qualified service providers in the City of Springfield to address the broad needs of pregnant and parenting teens. The SPPTP team will serve 100 Springfield pregnant or parenting teens annually and will support them in developing an individualized graduation or GED Plan.
Teen Leadership Training
Overview: Although Massachusetts has one of the lowest teen birth rates in the US, the 2008 Massachusetts Birth report shows a disturbing and persistent trend (1). There are communities in Hampden County with teen birth rates that remain significantly above the state and national average. In 2008, the disparity in the teen birth rate across race and ethnicity was worse in Massachusetts compared to the nation. The teen birth rate for non- Hispanic Blacks was 3x higher than non-Hispanic White, a group with the lowest teen birth rate in the state. Hispanics the young people fair worse with teen birth rates almost 6x higher than non-Hispanic whites (2). In 2008, Springfield had the 6th highest teen birth rate in the commonwealth as well as significantly higher rates of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea compared to the state rate (3). These statistics indicate that adverse outcomes in adolescent reproductive health in Hampden County continue to be a persistent public health problem that compromises the future prosperity of a young person in the region.
The training is designed to provide youth with specialized leadership training in adolescent reproductive health. Engaging youth in addressing adverse reproductive health outcomes provides them with the skills to become active partners in the development and implementation of initiatives that improve the sexual health of youth in the community.
Overview: Youth First is a multi-component effort to reduce teen pregnancy and teen birth rates in Springfield and Holyoke, Massachusetts. Funded by centers for Disease Control And Prevention, the Massachusetts Alliance On Teen Pregnancy, in partnership with the Yeah! Network of Hamden County, is leading an effort to reduce teen birth rates by 10% within 5 years.