Project Connect consisted of three years of formative research and five years of implementation in 26 middle and high schools in Los Angeles. Intervention and control high schools were paired on comparable ethnic composition, STD and birth rates.
Interventions to improve the implementation of a high school condom availability program led to increased awareness of the program and an increase in receipt of condoms from the program among intervention students, relative to controls. Results were similar across gender and different levels of sexual experience. A health systems intervention to increase adolescents' access to and utilization of age-appropriate sexual and reproductive healthcare services in the community was effective in increasing sexually experienced female intervention school students' receipt of birth control in the past year, STD test/treatment in the past year, and having ever been tested for HIV, relative to controls.
Report Title: Project Connect: A Multi-Level Intervention to Reduce Adolescent STD, HIV, and Pregnancy
Agency Sponsor: CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Federal Contact: Thomas Chapel, 404-639-2116
Performer: Health Research Association, Peter Kerndt (principal investigator), Los Angeles, CA carry-over funds in FY11)
Record ID: 9593 (December 30, 2011)