Beyond Evidence-Based Interventions for Teen Pregnancy Prevention


  • Emily Scribner-O'Pray Hennepin County



This article examines how the field of adolescent sexual health came to embrace evidence-based interventions (EBIs); whether or not this approach is effective in meeting the needs of adolescents, especially those at high risk for teen pregnancy; concerns related to the scaling up of EBIs; and identifies issues which must be resolved as we move forward.

Author Biography

Emily Scribner-O'Pray, Hennepin County

Principal Planning Analyst


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