Date of Graduation

Summer 8-27-2014

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Dr. Alba Diaz

Abstract

This fieldwork summary report provides a synthesis of both my overall fieldwork experience at TAPP, Felton Institute’s Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting Program, and my Master of Public Health knowledge and skill sets. Since researching the huge social and economic impact that teenage pregnancy and parenting has not only on the teens and their children, but also the society at large, I strived to highlight prevention aspects to reduce repeat unwanted teenage pregnancy. So, I chose to intern at TAPP, focused my fieldwork project mainly on program development and evaluation, along with other aspects of improving wellness.

I begin this report by providing statistics to substantiate what a huge public health problem teenage pregnancy is, and how essential prevention efforts are. Afterwards, I will describe TAPP’s response to the problem, highlighting TAPP’s mission, educational efforts, provided services, research efforts, engagements in policy and advocacy, and how TAPP measures success.

Afterwards, I will describe my fieldwork experience and objectives. Here, I will highlight the theoretical foundations to better understand the problem and to inform potential interventions. Additionally, I will explain the types of interventions that were used in my project. Lastly, I will share my findings about the effectiveness of TAPP’s ability to address the public health problem of teenage pregnancy, along with which lessons learned. I will conclude with sharing the MPH competencies, core knowledge areas, and cross-cutting interdisciplinary values that I addressed during my fieldwork experience. Finally, I will reflect upon my overall fieldwork experience from both a personal and professional viewpoint.