Building Community Support Using a Modified World Café Method for Pregnant and Parenting Teenagers in Forsyth County, North Carolina

Soren M. Johnson, Grisel Trejo, Keli L. Beck, Carrie Worsley, Hope Tranberg, Katie L. Plax, Julie M. Linton

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Study Objective: To identify community priorities, foster awareness of existing supports, and recognize barriers and opportunities to enhance support services for pregnant and parenting teens (PPTs). Design and Setting: A modified World Café event incorporated parallel, rotating focus groups with semistructured, case-based discussions of salient issues. The event was organized and took place in Forsyth County, North Carolina. Participants: Seventy-eight local health and social service professionals and 15 PPT representatives. Interventions and Main Outcome Measures: Qualitative coding was used to thematically analyze transcript data. Quantitative data pre-/post-event comparisons were made using Fisher exact test. Results: Key community-based support services for PPTs were identified. Qualitative analysis yielded 10 key codes regarding barriers and opportunities to enhance community-based support services, resulting in 4 themes. Themes included maximizing access and efficient delivery of high-quality health care, engaging a 3-generation approach to meet the current and future needs of at-risk families, focusing efforts to meet the unique needs of each teen and his/her family, and emphasizing teen self-advocacy. Pre/post survey responses were overwhelmingly positive regarding use of the modified World Café format for discussion and network building. Conclusion: The modified World Café Method offered a platform to collaboratively identify challenges and opportunities and to develop networks to improve health and well-being of PPTs. Engaging multiple stakeholders in meaningful dialogue might foster multidisciplinary, cross-sector collaboration that mitigates risk and enhances resilience among PPTs and their children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)614-619
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2018


  • ACEs
  • Community partnership
  • Health disparities
  • Pregnancy in adolescence
  • Teens
  • World Café


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