The Adolescent Health Project is based on several research components:

  • Identification of best practices nationally to prevent STDs and teen pregnancy.
  • An environmental scan of services available in our community.
  • Interviews with teens.
  • Focus groups with youth to gauge their understanding of STDs.

Among the research findings:

  • In 2012, the chlamydia rate for Douglas County was 617.6 per 100,000 population. This is significantly higher than the state rate of 366.2 and the national rate of 456.7 per 100,000.
  • There are significant racial and ethnic disparities in chlamydia and gonorrhea in Douglas County. Chlamydia rates are nearly 10 times higher for African Americans than for Caucasians.
  • Racial and ethnic disparities in teen birth rates are more pronounced in Douglas County than nationally. Rates are five times higher for Hispanics/Latinos than for Caucasians.
  • Adolescents and young adults in Douglas County have substantially higher gonorrhea and chlamydia rates compared to other age groups.

What the youth interviews revealed:

  • Perceptions of how many other adolescents were having sex were higher than what has been reported in local and national data.
  • Overall knowledge about teen pregnancy and STDs was low, with about half of the interviewees having a very rudimentary knowledge base.
  • Teen pregnancy is seen as less isolating than STDs.
  • Most of the students get their information on STDs from the internet.

Want to know more? Download the report summaries:
Teen Pregnancy and STIs – Executive Summary (PDF)
Teen Sexual Health Teen Interviews – Executive Summary (PDF)
Environmental Scan report (PDF)