The effects of school-based health clinics in St Paul on school-wide birthrates

D. Kirby, M. D. Resnick, B. Downes, T. Kocher, P. Gunderson, S. Potthoff, D. Zelterman, R. W. Blum

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School-based clinics in St. Paul have provided comprehensive health services, including reproductive health care, for almost two decades. This study examines the effects of those clinics on the birthrates in their respective schools, using a newly developed methodology with numerous advantages overprevious methods for estimating student birthrates. Confidentially matching the names of female students from school records with the names of mothers on birth records at the Department of Health provided birth rates for each of the St. Paul public high schools with clinics for each year between 1971 and 1986. The results show that birth rates fluctuated dramatically from one year to the next, but school-wide birthrates were not significantly lower in the years immediately following the opening of a clinic than in the years preceding it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-16
Number of pages5
JournalFamily Planning Perspectives
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1993


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