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University of Utah

Grantee Information
University of Utah
75 South 2000 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-8930
(801) 581-4714 (Phone)
(801) 581-3007 (Fax)

The University of Utah has expertise in wellness, family-based programming, substance abuse, HIV prevention, intimate partner violence prevention, case management, higher education, and overall coordination of fiscal and programmatic services.

Grant Project Information
Latinas Adelante: Youth Empowerment Program - Hispanic Teen Moms
Length of Project:  9/01/2012-8/31/2017
Annual Funding Level:  $300,000
Project Director: Rosemary Alvarado
E-mail: rosemary.alvarado@socwk.utah.edu

Abstract
Young Hispanic women are at high risk of teen pregnancy, contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), using alcohol and drugs, experiencing intimate partner violence, and being diagnosed with diabetes in the future. The Latinas Adelante: Youth Empowerment Program - Hispanic Teen Moms project will offer a highly innovative, intensive, family-based approach to empower Latina teen mothers who are at a high risk of unhealthy lifestyles.  The goal of this approach is to help participating Latina teen mothers achieve their potential, by building resilience, leadership skills, and a positive orientation to their academic and personal success. A total of 120 young Hispanic mothers in 11th and 12th grades at an alternative high school will learn to embrace healthy choices, avoid alcohol and other harmful substances, and prevent HIV/STDs, future unintended pregnancies, intimate partner violence, and diabetes.

The young mothers will receive intense instruction on reproductive health, substance abuse prevention, and other topics using evidence-based programs, when possible. These students will also receive tutoring and will be assigned to a case manager. Program activities will include workshops, community service opportunities, recreation and extracurricular activities, personal objectives/milestones, incentives, exposure to cultural events (art, dancing and field trips), ROPES course, structured journaling, life skills sessions, attendance at leadership conferences and other events, career counseling, hands-on career experiments, campus tours, internship opportunities, support group meetings, group instruction, and other evidence-based programs and instruction. Fathers will be invited to attend some of the sessions and events. Specific program objectives include:  academic and cultural enrichment, life skills, career development, personal development and wellness, education about injury prevention, disease prevention, reproductive health/risky sexual behavior, teen dating violence, substance use/abuse, and diabetes prevention and control.

A quasi-experimental design utilizing a pre/post-test design with a comparison group (using repeated measures) will be used to assess the effectiveness of the program. The program will collect data from focus groups, discussion groups, pre/post-test surveys and interviews. Demographic data, administrative data, grades, progress toward high school graduation, attendance, referrals, and all case management activity will be documented and collected. Preparation of college entrance exam classes and rates of students who take and pass the exams will also be documented. Additionally, selected health information will be documented, such as blood pressure and cholesterol. 

  • OMH objective(s) toward which the project’s results most contribute (check all that apply):
  • ___ Increased awareness, education, & outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health & health disparities problems

    ___ Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health & other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)

    ___ Strengthened leadership and coordination to leverage resources and enhance effectiveness and efficiency of individual and collective efforts (including, but not limited to, research and data)

    ___ Other (please specify): _____________________________________

    OMH objectives were not specifically identified.         

    • Key Healthy People 2020 objectives or sub-objectives toward which the project’s results most contribute (see Appendix 3 of OMH’s Evaluation Planning Guidelines):
    • AH-5.1: Increase the proportion of students who graduate with a regular diploma four years after starting 9th grade.
    • AH-3: Increase the proportion of adolescents who are connected to a parent or other positive adult caregiver
    • STD-1: Reduce the proportion of adolescents and young adults with Chlamydia infections
    • IVP-39: Reduce violence by current or former intimate partners
    • HIV-2: Reduce new (incident) HIV infections among adolescents and adults



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