Evaluation of raising adolescent families together program: A medical home for adolescent mothers and their children

Joanne E. Cox, Matthew Buman, Elizabeth R. Woods, Olatokunbo Famakinwa, Sion Kim Harris

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Abstract

Objectives. This study described a medical home model for adolescent mothers and their children, and their 1- and 2-year preventive care, repeat pregnancy, and psychosocial outcomes. Methods. In this prospective, single cohort demonstration project, adolescent mothers (14-18 years old) and their children received care in a medical home. Demographic, medical and social processes, and outcomes data were collected at enrollment through 24 months. Change over time and predictors of repeat pregnancy were analyzed. Results. A total of 181 adolescents enrolled, with 79.6% participating for 2 years. At 2 years, 90.2% of children were completely immunized. Children and adolescent mothers met standards for health care visits, and adolescent condom use improved. Rates of cumulative repeat pregnancy were 14.7% and 24.6%, school attendance 77.6% and 68.7%, and employment 21.2% and 32.3% at 1 and 2 years, respectively. Conclusions. A medical home model with comprehensive and integrated medical care and social services can effectively address the complex needs of adolescent parents and their children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1879-1885
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume102
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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