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Healthy Tomorrow Alliance

About the Alliance

heThe Healthy Tomorrow Alliance is a new collaborative of Greensboro health care providers, youth-serving organizations, and the Cone Health Foundation – working together to reduce teen pregnancy. The Alliance strives to connect young people and their families to high-quality, teen-friendly health care services in Greensboro.

The Alliance will improve connections between teens and partner health care providers, while helping health centers implement proven practices for serving teens. Through training, capacity building, increased communications and marketing, and community relationships, this Alliance will work towards a healthy tomorrow for Greensboro’s youth.

The Alliance uses the TeenPlaybook.org as an online tool for young people to learn about birth control options and sexual health. The website has a clinic finder so anyone can find care tailored to young people.

Partners

Clinic Partners
Cone Health Center for Children
301 East Wendover Ave., Suite 400
Greensboro, NC 27401

Planned Parenthood South Atlantic

1704 Battleground Ave.
Greensboro, NC 27408

Guilford County Health Department - JustTEENS Clinic
1100 Wendover Ave. E
Greensboro, NC 27405

Community Partners
YWCA Greensboro

Capacity-Building Provider
SHIFT NC

Funder
Cone Health Foundation


Why 15-19-year-olds?

The Alliance aims to provide young people with the sexual health information they need to live healthy lives. By making informed choices about reproductive health, a young person can take control of their future and live for a healthy tomorrow. This Alliance will empower young women and young men to know about their options for pregnancy prevention through increased access to health care, knowledge about STI/STDs, birth control choices, and reproductive health.

The Alliance is implementing strategies to reduce teen pregnancy rates by 30% by 2020. These strategies build on the latest available research on the role of health care in empowering young people to avoid unplanned pregnancy. These cutting edge, proven strategies include improving connections to health care and increasing access to long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) like IUDs and the contraceptive implant.

Why Greensboro?

Adolescent pregnancy prevention has been a longstanding goal of the Cone Health Foundation, and one that is deeply connected to health, well-being, and quality of life in Guilford County. In 2014, Greensboro’s teen pregnancy rate was 28.6 per every 1,000 young women ages 15-19. Alliance partners are deeply committed to doing better for our youth.

As teen pregnancy rates have declined nationwide, research has increasingly pointed to the key role that quality medical care and contraceptive access have played in supporting the positive trend. Doctors, researchers, public health professionals, and medical organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics increasingly support the use of LARCs as the single most effective way to reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy. LARCs include the contraceptive implant and IUDs, and they are 20 times more effective at helping teens prevent a pregnancy than traditional go-to methods like the Pill, patch, or ring.

By training local medical teams to incorporate teen-centered health care strategies, including improving access to LARCs, and by helping youth-serving organizations connect young people to the care they need, we strive to reduce the teen pregnancy rate to 20 out of 1,000 young women by 2020.

This investment allows our community to build on the best research and the best practices to date to help Greensboro’s young people, families, and communities succeed.

Why Should Young People Find a HTA Clinic?

The staff and medical providers at participating clinics have undergone training and implemented changes to be friendly to young people. They have improved their waiting rooms to be more engaging. The nurses and doctors have been trained to ask the right questions and provide age-appropriate answers. There are often same-day appointments so young people don’t have to wait. Young people deserve care tailored for them. These clinics deliver that experience.

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Contact Us

To learn more about the Alliance or its work, please contact:

Krista Park Berry

Integrated Communications Specialist, SHIFT NC
919-226-1880 x122