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Helping Los Angeles Youth Make Healthy Decisions And Access Care

Helping Los Angeles Youth Make Healthy Decisions And Access Care

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA)

Now more than ever, PPLA is working to empower students to advocate for their own health by giving them the knowledge and skills to make positive decisions about their reproductive and sexual lives. We wrap around schools and communities through a multi-pronged approach that includes delivering an innovative classroom curriculum, teaching parents to effectively communicate, providing reproductive healthcare in schools, and training a cadre of dedicated high school student advocates.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • Central LA
  • East LA
  • South LA
  • County of Los Angeles
  • City of Los Angeles
  • LAUSD
  • PPLA’s comprehensive work with high school-aged youth takes place primarily in South L.A. and Boyle Heights high schools.

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Conduct research
  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Expand a pilot or a program
  • Mobilize for systems change
  • Advocate with policymakers and leaders
  • Impact decision making among teens.

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics?

  • Healthcare access
  • Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)
  • Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)
  • Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

PPLA will work to increase knowledge related to reproductive health and wellness, family planning, the key elements of healthy family communication and the importance of seeking health services. The longer term goal of our program is to reduce the incidence of unintended pregnancy, STIs and reproductive system cancers. PPLA education staff utilize our Sex Education Knowledge System (SEKS) to track information on all of our educational and outreach presentations and visits. This data management system tracks the number of presentations, participants, educational contact hours, presenters, and sites. Pre and post-tests of the Peer Advocates program measure changes in attitudes and knowledge of program participants. PPLA has also contracted with the University of Southern California and the Public Health Institute to evaluate our multi-pronged education program. Researchers found significant results regarding changes in attitudes, knowledge and behaviors after program participation.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support