Project UNITE

Uncovering New Initiatives for Teen Empowerment

Project UNITE

Uncovering New Initiatives for Teen Empowerment 

Project UNITE is a community-academic initiative designed to explore teen pregnancy and teen parenting in rural Indiana. The goal of the project is to work with rural counties in developing a multi-level teen pregnancy prevention intervention targeting youth, parents/caregivers, and the community. The project used a Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach  to work collaboratively with rural Indiana communities to inform community-directed interventions. 

Findings and Strategies Videos

We have paired the findings from Orange County and Lawrence County with 5 main strategies that have been successful in other rural communities to prevent teen pregnancy and support pregnant and parenting teens. These strategies are presented in brief video format (each video is only a few minutes long – see below).

After viewing the videos, please complete the short feedback survey [Orange County] [Lawrence County] to share your thoughts about how Orange County and Lawrence County should proceed and take action. Make your voice heard!

For more information about Project UNITE

Orange County – contact:
Brandy Terrell, SICHC, and local Project Unite representative at 

Lawrence County – contact:
Alison Greene, Indiana University
Catherine Sherwood-Laughlin, Indiana University 

Meagan Shipley, IU Health Lawrence County 

Thank you for your support! 


IU Health Introduction




IU HEALTH Strategy 3

Project Unite – Orange County, Indiana


IU HEALTH Strategy 4

Project Unite – Orange County, Indiana


IU HEALTH Strategy 5

Project Unite – Orange County, Indiana

Link to the Video Playlist on YouTube:


We acknowledge with great appreciation the community members, youth, and school staff, administrators and teachers who participated and supported our study; our community partners worked hard and creatively to inform and contribute to the project in addition to providing excellent services; and the Center for Rural Engagement for supporting community-engaged, translational research. 

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