Children's Aid-Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program Featured in AHRQ Innovations Exchange

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Ellen Lubell, (w) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864,
Emily Crossan, (w) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742,

NEW YORK, December 2010 – The Children’s Aid Society-Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program is featured in the December 8 issue of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Innovations Exchange, a program of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The Innovation Profile, Comprehensive Evidence-Based Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program Cuts Teen Pregnancies in Half, describes the Children’s Aid-Carrera program’s development, results and lessons learned. The program, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, applies a comprehensive approach to teen pregnancy prevention, addressing all aspects of adolescents’ lives.

The Innovations Exchange is designed to increase the development and adoption of innovations in health care delivery. The Innovations Exchange contains more than 525 searchable Innovation Profiles, 1565 searchable Quality Tools, and numerous resources to support the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s mission – to improve the safety, effectiveness, patient-centeredness, timeliness, efficiency and equity of care – with a particular emphasis on reducing the disparities in health care and health among racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.

Founded in 1984, The Children’s Aid Society-Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program is a youth development model that operates in low-income communities in New York City and has been replicated in communities across the country. Its holistic approach empowers youth, helps them develop personal goals and the desire for a productive future, and develops their sexual literacy as well as educates them about the consequences of sexual activity.

The Children’s Aid Society is an independent, not-for-profit organization established to serve the children of New York City. Our mission is to provide comprehensive support for children in need, from birth to young adulthood, and for their families, to fill the gaps between what children have and what they need to thrive. Founded in 1853, it is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving New York’s neediest children. Services are provided in community schools, neighborhood centers, health clinics and camps. For additional information, please call 212-949-4938, email, or visit