Stacy Barron, MD, Olive View Medical Center-UCLA; David L. Richards, MD, National Clinician Scholars Program, Department of General Internal Medicine – Health Services Research; Paula Tavrow, PhD, Community Health Sciences, Bixby Program in Population and Reproductive Health; Eraka Bath, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Child Forensic Services; Lesli LeGras, National Center for Youth Law.
Youth in foster care experience disproportionately high rates of unintended pregnancy, barriers to sexual health education and services, and reproductive coercion. By age 21, approximately 1/3 of youth in foster care will be parents, often unintentionally, which impacts their outcomes in multiple areas. This project will establish a reproductive health navigator at the Olive View-UCLA medical hub, where children and youth in foster care receive medical care. Through this grant, trained UCLA student/peer educators will provide pre and post-appointment support, which may include answering questions about confidentiality and supporting youth in foster care as they make decisions about contraceptives.