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Nevada, Reno Researches Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention among Youths Living in Group Care Homes

Dr. Roy Oman, the associate dean of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Community Health Sciences, recently published the article “Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Among Youths Living in Group Care Homes: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial” in the American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Oman has worked to determine whether Power Through Choices (PTC) interventions had a statistically significant effect on rates of unprotected sex in adolescents living in group care homes. Power Through Choices is an evidence-based sexual health education intervention specifically tailored to target at risk populations of adolescents living in group home settings. The study revealed that PTC had a statistically significant increase in contraceptive use and a decrease in unintended pregnancy among this population.

In addition to his most recent study, Dr. Oman has a history of studying social and behavioral sciences. Dr. Oman continues to lead the School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno, serving as the director of the undergraduate and graduate public health programs.

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