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Clinical Tools: Clinical Tools for Providers
Reproductive Health Access Project
This website has information and clinical tools for medical professionals interested in integrating services including contraception, manual vacuum aspiration, medication abortion, and training and mentoring into their practice.

Training Tools: Archived Webinars and Webcasts
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health
Archived webinars include access to slides, audio, and transcripts. Topics cover teen pregnancy prevention, healthy relationships, engaging males in teen pregnancy, co-parenting and teens, social determinants of youth and pregnancy, the impact of the Affordable Care Act on youth, working in rural communities, and preventing pregnancy among Native American youth

Publication: Addendum—Adolescent Pregnancy: Current Trends and Issues
American Academy of Pediatrics, 2014
The purpose of this addendum is to update pediatricians and other professionals on recent research and data regarding adolescent sexuality, contraceptive use, and childbearing since publication of the original 2005 clinical report, “Adolescent Pregnancy: Current Trends and Issues.”

Resource Collection: Teen Pregnancy and Reproductive Health
Child Trends
This resource collection contains publications examining sexual activity, fertility, contraceptive use, and decision-making focused on teens and young adults.  This research aims to inform prevention of unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections and to promote healthy relationships.


Publication: Vital Signs: Preventing Repeat Teen Births
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013
Nearly one in five births to teen mothers ages 15–19 is a repeat birth. This edition of Vital Signs provides guidance to health care providers and communities to help prevent repeat teen births.

Resource Collection: Health Care Providers and Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014
Teen birth rates in the U.S. have declined to the lowest rates seen in seven decades, yet still rank highest among developed countries. This website contains resources to aid health care providers in their critical role working to further reduce teen pregnancy rates.

Toolkit: Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative: Health Care Provider Toolkit
Michigan Department of Community Health, 2010
This page provides a toolkit and resources for healthcare providers using the Michigan Quality Improvement Consortium’s Guideline, “Prevention of Pregnancy in Adolescents 12-17 Years.” Providers not using the guideline will also find valuable information and resources on adolescent sexual health.

Video: CDC Director Dr. Frieden discusses Teen Pregnancy on Medscape
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011
In a talk titled Three Winnable Battles and Other Wars, CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH discusses teen pregnancy prevention in the U.S. as one of three winnable battles.


Resource Collection: Contraceptive Access and Information
Advocates for Youth
Health care providers and pharmacy staff can play a critical role in helping teens learn about, obtain, and use contraception effectively. This site has information on contraceptive use and access for adolescents.

Resource Collection: Bedsider Providers
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
The website was created to help women access information about birth control and help support providers as they discuss birth control with patients.  Resources include interactive tools as well as shareable content.

Publication: Providers’ Prospectives: Perceived Barriers to Contraceptive Use in Youth and Young Adults
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 2008
This report outlines five key barriers faced by providers and their patients related to preventing unintended pregnancy and using contraception consistently. It also includes potential action steps that might be taken by the NC/ARHP as identified at the two advisory group meetings and echoed in a literature search.

Publication: State Policies in Brief: Minors’ Access to Contraceptive Services
Guttmacher Institute
Over the past 30 years, states have expanded minors’ authority to consent to health care, including care related to sexual activity. This publication details state policies regarding minors’ ability to consent to contraceptive services and is updated monthly.

Training Tools: Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Application of CDC’s Evidence-Based Contraceptive Method Guidance
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014
This slide set provides an overview of the current trends in teen pregnancy as well as enhanced knowledge about the CDC’s evidence-based contraceptive method guidance and how the guidance can be applied in practice. These speaker slides can be used by individuals or can be used or adapted to give presentations. (CE Opportunities will be added Late October 2014.)

Resource Collection: The Contraceptive Choice Project
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
This website provides the most up-to-date information about the CHOICE Project, publications, research findings, and dissemination efforts. The website includes an overview of their research results in “Pathway to CHOICE” as well as national resources and information about contraceptive options.

Training Tool: CDC Contraceptive Method Guidance: Slide Sets for Health Care Providers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
These slide sets are intended for health care providers who are involved in assisting patients with contraceptive method selection and use. Slide Set 1 is intended to enhance knowledge on the U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (2010).  Slide Set 2 covers the U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use (2013).

Clinical Tool: Medical Eligibility Criteria Wheel for Contraceptive Use
World Health Organization, 2008
This wheel contains the medical eligibility criteria for starting use of contraceptive methods. It is based on the Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 3rd edition and its 2008 Update. The wheel includes recommendations on initiating use of six common types of contraceptives.

Training Tool: Adolescents and Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC): A Clinical Update
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2013
The information contained in this slide set is designed to aid practitioners in making decisions about appropriate obstetric and gynecologic care. Topics include the potential role of LARCs in reducing unintended pregnancy rates among adolescents, how to provide appropriate counseling to adolescents about LARCs, how to address common misconceptions on LARC use by adolescents, and the clinical effects and characteristics of LARCs.

Training Tool: Adolescents and LARC: Fact, Fiction, and First Line Contraception
New York Promoting and Advancing Teen Health, 2014
This webinar provides guidance and information on LARC use by adolescents.  (Requires the creation of a free login.)

Clinical Tool: Emergency Contraception: A Practitioner’s Guide
Physicians for Reproductive Health, 2014
This guide aims to provide physicians and other medical practitioners with the necessary tools to offer emergency contraception (EC) to patients who need it. Included in the guide is information about BMI recommendations, as well as a comprehensive review of all EC options and an EC decision tree.


Resource Collection: Young People and Abortion
Advocates for Youth
This research guide contains news, information, and research about young people and abortion.  It also includes a PubMed newsfeed as well as links to relevant journals, other organizations, and publications from Advocates for Youth on abortion and young people.

Resource Collection: Abortion
Guttmacher Institute
This resource collection provides a variety of resources on abortion.  Resources include: fact sheets, state policy briefs, policy articles, topical briefs, research articles, reports, memos, statements, videos, and infographics. Resources cover abortion prevalence and regulation at different levels, including at the state level, in the United States, and globally.

Publication: Adolescents and Abortion: Restricting Access Puts Young Women’s Health and Lives at Risk
Advocates for Youth, 2011
This publication outlines the fact regarding abortions and adolescents in the U.S.  It includes sections on prevalence of abortions among teens, safe and unsafe abortions, and the effect of mandating parental notification.

Publication: State Policies in Brief: An Overview of Abortion Laws
Guttmacher Institute, 2014
Since the Supreme Court handed down its 1973 decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, states have constructed a lattice work of abortion law, codifying, regulating, and limiting whether, when and under what circumstances a woman may obtain an abortion. This publication highlights the major provisions of these state laws and is updated each month.

Publication: State Policies in Brief: Parent Involvement in Minors’ Abortions
Guttmacher Institute, 2014
A majority of states require parental involvement in a minor’s decision to have an abortion. Most of these states require the consent or notification of only one parent, usually 24 or 48 hours before the procedure, but a handful of states require the involvement of both parents. This publication highlights the major provisions of these state laws and is updated each month.

Training Tools: Health Care Professionals
National Abortion Federation
These educational resources include continuing medical education opportunities for health care professionals. Publications and research from NAF and its members provide data and evidence-based resources on all aspects of abortion care and delivery.

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Publication: State Policies in Brief: Minors’ Access to Prenatal Care
Guttmacher Institute, 2014
The great majority of states and DC currently allow a minor to obtain confidential prenatal care, including regular medical visits and routine services for labor and delivery. In states that lack relevant policy or case law, physicians may commonly provide medical care to a mature minor without parental consent. This publication highlights the major provisions of these state laws and is updated each month.

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