Sexual and Reproductive Health Resources for Professionals Serving Youth

Young people in child welfare, juvenile justice, or experiencing homelessness focus of effort

Chapin Hall, in partnership with Child Trends and Healthy Teen Network, is developing research-based sexual and reproductive health resources for professionals who work with or on behalf of:

  • Youth involved in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems
  • Youth experiencing homelessness
  • Opportunity youth (youth who are neither working nor in school)

The project is funded through a grant to Child Trends from the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Activate, a collective made up of Chapin Hall, Child Trends, and Healthy Teen Network, will disseminate the sexual and reproductive health resources to youth-supporting professionals using both traditional and innovative strategies. Activate will also provide training and support to promote use of the resources.

Initially, the Activate team conducted a needs assessment that identified unmet sexual and reproductive health resource needs among professionals who work with or on behalf of Activate’s focal youth population. Based on the results of that needs assessment, Activate is using three approaches to develop research-informed resources.

Curation:  Curating existing resources that meet a need to make them more accessible

Adaptation:  Adapting existing resources

Creation: Creating resources where gaps currently exist

To maximize the utility of the resources, Activate will develop them using human-centered design. The resources will be publicly available on Activate’s website.

The documents available here include a brief overview of Activate and two fact sheets presenting findings from research on condom use and STIs among youth involved with the child welfare or juvenile justice system or youth experiencing homelessness.

For more information about this project to develop and promote sexual and reproductive health resources to key young populations, contact Colleen Schlecht, Dr. Amy Dworsky, Dr. Melissa Kull, or Dr. Amanda Griffin.

Download Activate Overview

Understanding Research on Condom Use

Understanding Research on Sexually Transmitted Infections