Politics and practice: Introducing Norplant into a school-based health center in Baltimore

P. L. Beilenson, E. S. Miola, M. Farmer

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As one element of Baltimore's effort to combat its high rate of teenage pregnancy, the Baltimore City Health Department added the implantable contraceptive Norplant to the array of services offered at one of its school- based health centers in early 1993. The initial findings with the adolescents who received this contraceptive at the school were favorable, particularly regarding condom use, parental involvement and patient acceptance of the contraceptive. This new policy garnered a significant amount of attention, both nationally and locally. It attempts to address problems that have complicated etiologies as well as diverse clinical, social, and ethical ramifications, all complicated by political realities. The Norplant experience offers useful lessons regarding controversial health initiatives that address problems facing public health practitioners today.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-311
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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