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Public Health Reports: Evaluation of a Mobile Phone App for Providing Adolescents with Sexual and Reproductive Health Information, New York City, 2013-2016

In a recent article in Public Health Reports, Ms. Allyna Steinberg, Ms. Marybec Griffin-Tomas and Mr. Alzen Whitten of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Ms. Desiree Abu-Odeh of Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health reported on a study of the 2013 Teens in NYC mobile phone application (app), which promoted sexual and reproductive health among NYC adolescents aged 12 to 19. The app helped users locate providers of sexual health services and contraceptive methods, offered descriptions of various contraceptive methods, and featured videos explaining what to expect when accessing sexual health services. The authors analyzed data on searches from a one specific section of the app that allowed users to find providers of sexual health services or contraceptive methods from January 7, 2013 to March 20, 2016. Results indicated that the app helped adolescents access a wide array of sexual health services and utilize less commonly used contraceptives. The authors determined that mobile apps with search functionality can effectively deliver sexual health service information to adolescents.

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Public Health Reports is the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service and has been published since 1878. It is published bimonthly, plus supplement issues, through an official agreement with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.

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