You talked. We listened.
The first year of the initiative (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016) has focused on planning for the community-wide initiatives. A community needs assessment was conducted in Cumberland County to learn more about how residents feel teen pregnancy is being addressed in their community, and to identify challenges and opportunities for further addressing teen pregnancy in the county.
Assessing Community Needs
Early results from NC Youth Connected Community Resident Survey* indicate that Cumberland County residents overwhelmingly support the approach NC Youth Connected is taking to teen pregnancy prevention.
In a representative phone survey of Cumberland County residents:
- 97% of residents agree that teaching teens about sexual health will help them grow up to be healthy adults.
- 9 out of 10 residents strongly agree that teens should have access to information on how to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
- Over 94% of residents believe that a teen pregnancy prevention program should be offered to teens.
- Nearly 80% of residents think that programming should include information on both abstinence and medically-accurate information on birth control and condoms.
- Over 83% of residents would be more likely to support teen pregnancy prevention programs if there is evidence that the program has contributed to lowering teen pregnancy in other places.
Final results from the NC Youth Connected needs assessment are expected June 2016. Results will include information compiled from:
- Community telephone survey*
- Focus groups with parents and teens
- Mapping pregnancy rates in the county
- Identification of gaps in both education and health care
- Identification of strategies that match needs of youth-serving agencies and organizations
From the needs assessment, NC Youth Connected will implement evidence-based programs and approaches to reduce teen pregnancy in Cumberland County – meaning programs that have been proven to work – in a way that reflects the local needs, as well as the values of the community and the opinions of its parents, leaders, and teens.
*About the survey: Clark Research Associates conducted a telephone survey of people representing the general adult population in Cumberland County (ages 18-65) from March 15-April 12, 2016. The survey is fully representative of county's residents with regard to age, race, gender, ethnic origin, military affiliation, and geographic location in the county. Almost half (48%) of respondents are parents. Households with both land and cell phone lines were included in the sample.