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Kaia M. Gallagher & Jodi G. Drisko

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Chapter 4: The Teen Pregnancy Prevention 2000 Initiative: Community Building Through Consensus

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The Teen Pregnancy Prevention 2000 Initiative: Community Building Through Consensus
The teen pregnancy prevention 2000 initiative: Community building through consensus
Kaia M.GallagherJodi G.Drisko

When health promotion projects are community based, communities become active participants in identifying problems, mobilizing resources, and developing strategies for how these problems should be solved (Minkler, 1997). Yet how easily are such initiatives undertaken for a topic such as teen pregnancy that by its nature generates controversy and dissent? Issues such as teen sexual activity, pregnancy, and childbearing inevitably result in debates regarding how these problems should be framed and, more particularly, how they should be solved, in most instances with no clear resolution being reached (National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, 1998). Given the inability of communities to agree on the parameters ...

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