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Program Development / 2015-present


Plan A is now available for purchase for clinics, schools, universities, community organizations, and private providers.

For more information, contact:
Aaron Plant

More information about Plan A

In 2015, Sentient Research received funding to produce a new entertainment-education video intervention to reduce unplanned pregnancies and STDs among young women age 18-19. This project is funded by the Office of Adolescent Health in an effort to increase the number of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention interventions (Rigorous Evaluation of New or Innovative Approaches to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (Tier 2B)). There are currently few interventions for older adolescents, even though this population is at disproportionate risk of unplanned pregnancies and STDs. To produce Plan A, we assembled a team of adolescent health experts, reproductive health clinic staff, and a script writer from the hit TV show East Los High. We worked very closely with the target audience throughout the process, beginning with focus groups in Philadelphia and Fresno and then by forming a review panel of target audience members who provided ongoing feedback throughout the script writing and production process. Several review panel members even made a cameo on the video. We conducted two studies of Plan A and found very high acceptability among young women ages 16-19 of diverse race/ethnicities. Plan A outcomes are currently being evaluated in a 4-year randomized controlled trial.

Sentient Research articles and conference presenations about Plan A:

Developing a Video Intervention to Prevent Unplanned Pregnancies and Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Older Adolescents.
Plant A, Montoya JA, Snow EG, Coyle K, Rietmeijer C. Health Promotion Practice. 2018 [Epub ahead of print].

Acceptability of a Plan A: An entertainment-education video intervention to prevent STIs and unintended pregnancies among young African-American and Latina women.
Plant A, Montoya JA, Falk G, Walsh S, Demby H, Rietmeijer C. Poster presented at: 2018 APHA Conference; November 10-14, 2018; San Diego, CA.

Two approaches to engaging adolescents in the development of sexual and reproductive health interventions.
Plant A. Roundtable discussion presented at: 2018 APHA Conference; November 10-14, 2018; San Diego, CA.

Acceptability of a Brief Entertainment-Education Video Intervention to Prevent STIs and Unintended Pregnancies Among Older Adolescents.
Plant A, Walter N, Murphy S, Montoya J, Rietmeijer C. Poster presented at: 2018 STD Prevention Conference; August 27-30, 2018; Washington DC.

An Adaptation of Safe in the City to Prevent STDs and Unintended Pregnancies Among Older Adolescents
Plant A, Montoya J, Coyle K, Gaarde J, Rietmeijer C. Poster presented at: 2016 STD Prevention Conference; September 20-23, 2016; Atlanta, Georgia.








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