Outcomes from the Massachusetts Pregnant and Parenting Teen Initiative (MPPTI)

Type: Poster Presentation
Date: September 2023

Citation

Pallavi Goel, Shanyin Yang, Sharon Touw, Emily Hahn, Onesky Aupont, Lissette Gil-Sanchez, Justine Egan (Sept 2023). “Outcomes from the Massachusetts Pregnant and Parenting Teen Initiative (MPPTI)”. Presented at the 2023 CHA Academic Poster Session (poster). Boston, MA.

Abstract

Introduction: The Massachusetts Pregnant and Parenting Teen Initiative (MPPTI), funded by the MA Department of Public Health (DPH), has been in operation since 2010, with the goals of increasing life opportunities and enhancing stability among young families.

Target population: The MPPTI follows a two-generation model, serving pregnant and parenting adolescents aged 14-24 and their children. Services include child development and parenting support, healthcare referrals, education and employment support, counseling, and assistance with accessing food, transportation and other basic needs.

Objectives: The Institute for Community Health (ICH) at CHA engaged with DPH to evaluate the experience of participants with services, and to determine the impact of the program on housing stability, employment, and other life goals.

Methods: The MPPTI evaluation used a mixed methods approach, including analysis of program data and focus groups with program participants to explore the relationships between benefits and services accessed, program participation, and program outcomes. This included a review and analysis of six years (2014-2020) of participants’ administrative and outcomes data (N=772), and five qualitative focus groups with participants (N=26) in Fall 2022.

Results: MPPTI participants were significantly more likely to obtain stable housing status when comparing baseline to subsequent timepoints (3, 6, 9 and 12 months after intake). Participants under 20 years old were less likely to achieve housing stability. Focus group participants reported barriers to housing including the high cost of housing, long wait lists, complex navigation of agencies, family challenges, immigration status, and age requirements. Housing stability was also significantly associated with engagement in employment.

Discussion/Recommendations: The MPPTI program provided meaningful support for young families in MA. Recommendations include expanded funding to provide additional support, extending the age limits of the program to continue providing services to participants above the age of 24, and more precise data collection measures for housing stability. 

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