Assessing community health needs to target teen pregnancy prevention programs

March 21, 2017 | Press Releases & Announcements

CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy faculty, Dr. Glen Johnson, has co-authored “A Community Needs Index for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program Planning: Application of Spatial Generalized Linear Mixed Models.”

This study uses a generalized linear mixed modeling method to quantify community needs with respect to risky adolescent sexual behavior, while adjusting for other community level variables and stabilizing estimates in areas with small populations.

This study illustrates how the application of generalized linear mixed models can provide a solution for community health needs assessment when targeted toward a particular health outcome that needs to be “risk-adjusted” for other non-target community-level variables while also taking into account effects of geographic clustering. This approach allows more objective, data-based, decision making for funding allocation and is a valuable tool for program planning.


Johnson, Glen D., Kristine Mesler, and Marilyn A. Kacica. “A Community Needs Index For Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program Planning: Application Of Spatial Generalized Linear Mixed Models”. Maternal and Child Health Journal (2017): n. pag. Web.