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HPP 194 January 2018: Stakeholder Education for Community-Wide Health Initiatives: A Focus on Teen Pregnancy Prevention

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Teen pregnancies and births continue to decline due in part to implementation of evidence-based inter- ventions and clinical strategies. While local stake- holder education is also thought to be critical to this success, little is known about what types of strategies work best to engage stakeholders. With the goal of identifying and describing evidence-based or best practice strategies for stakeholder education in com- munity-based public health initiatives, we conducted a systematic literature review of strategies used for effective stakeholder education. Over 400 articles were initially retrieved; 59 articles met inclusion cri- teria. Strategies were grouped into four steps that communities can use to support stakeholder educa- tion efforts: identify stakeholder needs and resources, develop a plan, develop tailored and compelling mes- saging, and use implementation strategies. These strategies lay a framework for high-quality stake- holder education. In future research, it is important to prioritize evaluating specific activities taken to raise awareness, educate, and engage a community in community-wide public health efforts. 


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