Adolescent Girls – Ohio Department of Health

Adolescent Girls Needs Assessment Community Forums: A SWOT

Analysis to Determine Priority Needs and a Call to Action

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) commissioned the Community and Youth Collaborative Institute at The Ohio State University (CAYCI-OSU) to conduct a SWOT Analysis across 9 Ohio Communities.

  1. Butler County
  2. Canton-Stark
  3. Cincinnati-Hamilton
  4. Columbus
  5. Cleveland-Cuyahoga
  6. Youngstown-Mahoning
  7. Dayton-Montgomery
  8. Summit County
  9. Toledo-Lucas County

There were several evaluation goals:

  • Reduce Risk behavior outcomes-teen pregnancy, substance abuse and obesity
  • Identify the specific needs and capacity to deliver PYD activities within each of the nine Ohio Equity Institute funded communities
  • Plan community based discussions to identify current level of available activities and participation in PYD for girls ages 11-4 years old
  • Identify community level needs to enhance and expand available activities
  • Identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
  • Specific call to action needs within OEI communities to support youth development skills within adolescent girls for long term goal of reducing risk behaviors

The CAYCI-OSU analysis began in January 2018 and continued through June 2018. In conclusion one state-report was produced synthesizing the stakeholder voices across all nine communities. The final state-wide report and can be found here: Addressing Infant Mortality through Positive Youth Development Opportunities for Adolescent Girls

We know that one community forum alone is not sufficient for fully understanding the complexities of adolescent needs and priorities in a community. We assume these forums will formalize some initial call-to-action priorities, but most importantly also engender excitement and readiness among leaders in the nine communities. We assume, if we do this right, local and state leaders will learn from the process and continue to mobilize their efforts to support PYD and prevention activities for young adolescent girls in Ohio. We are hopeful ODH will continue to provide leadership in this area for the state and locals so that there may be better outcomes for young people, especially young adolescent girls, in the future.

For more information on the Ohio Department of Health – Adolescent Girls Forums, Ohio Adolescent Health Partnershipplease visit their website: https://www.ohioadolescenthealth.org/