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Keywords:

  • health;
  • unplanned pregnancy;
  • reproductive life plan;
  • preconception care;
  • life course perspective

Poster Presentation

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  2. Poster Presentation

Purpose for the Program

Given that 50% of all pregnancies are unplanned, increasing awareness and empowerment of women is essential to decrease unplanned pregnancies.

Proposed Change

The Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium recognized the need for a guidance tool for women aged 19 to 26 years that would both support the services offered under the statewide preconception care model and deliver key messaging regarding planned pregnancies. By addressing issues earlier in life such as emotional and mental health, healthy relationships, health promotion, and contraception, women are better equipped to achieve optimal wellness for a lifetime.

Implementation, Outcomes, and Evaluation

Set Your Mind. Set Your Goals is a broad health education strategy that includes preconception text messages, Web-based interactive education and support, and provides education on the life course perspective, and health promotion through peer educators and health ambassadors. This statewide initiative is underway and outcomes are being monitored by the Department of Health under the auspices of the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium.

Implications for Nursing Practice

By utilizing the various resources in this program, nurses can facilitate positive behavior change and help young women become aware of the importance of a life course perspective.