Our pregnancy intervention model utilizes three core components:
- An evidence-based curriculum taught with fidelity for ninth and/or tenth grade students.
- Outreach to and case management of students at risk for early pregnancy, including those already sexually active.
- Linkage of sexually active students with nearby reproductive health care services through facilitated referrals that include compliance monitoring.
Our experiences at test sites underscored the importance of curriculum fidelity. In teaching an evidence-based curriculum, school staff must teach the material as intended — without the common practice of omitting lessons or selective information.