ERIC Number: ED474734
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Building Emergency Contraception Awareness among Adolescents. A Toolkit for Schools and Community-Based Organizations.
Simkin, Linda; Radosh, Alice; Nelsesteun, Kari; Silverstein, Stacy
This toolkit presents emergency contraception (EC) as a method to help adolescent women avoid pregnancy and abortion after unprotected sexual intercourse. The sections of this toolkit are designed to help increase your knowledge of EC and stay up to date. They provide suggestions for increasing EC awareness in the workplace, whether it is a school district, a school, a school-based or school-linked health center, or a community-based organization (CBO). The toolkit is divided into six sections. Section 1 provides basic information about EC pills--what they are, how they work, their efficacy and safety, where to obtain them, and the cost. Section 2 makes the case that teens should know about EC, prepares adults to increase access and awareness among teens, as well as their own peers, and identifies resources for keeping current on the issues. Section 3 explains why pregnancy prevention matters to schools and how to increase EC awareness in schools and respond to questions that may arise in the school context. Section 4 addresses EC issues specific to school-based health centers, including activities to increase EC awareness among clinic and school staff. Section 5 describes steps that CBOs can take to increase EC awareness among adults who work with teens, and teens themselves, both in partnership with schools and in their own community programs. And section 6 provides a brief overview of evaluation for both schools and CBOs and suggests some basic, low-cost program evaluation strategies. The toolbox contains tools to build EC awareness, including sample letters, articles, forms, protocols, and instruments. (GCP)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Community Organizations, Contraception, Females, Health Education, Program Evaluation, Resources, School Health Services, Sexuality
Academy for Educational Development, 100 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10011. Tel: 212-243-1110; Fax: 212-627-0407; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: www.aed.org. For full text: http://scs.aed.org/ECtoolkit3283.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Practitioners; Counselors
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development, Inc., New York, NY.