ST. PETERSBURG - Dr. Michael A. Carrera, a visionary in the field of adolescent pregnancy prevention, is visiting St. Petersburg. He was recognized at the Feb. 14 St. Petersburg City Council meeting and he will speak at All Children's Hospital on Feb. 15.
The Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention began in New York more than 25 years ago as part of the citywide Children's Aid Society.
The local program at the Pinellas County Health Department replicates his nationally recognized program that is now in 20 states throughout the nation. The Pinellas program is the only one in Florida.
Carrera is the Thomas Hunter Professor Emeritus of Health Sciences at Hunter College of the City University of New York and Adjunct Professor of Community Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.
Since 1970, Carrera has directed the Adolescent Sexuality and Pregnancy Prevention Programs for The Children's Aid Society in New York. He is serving as vice president and director of Adolescent Services at the Children's Aid Society in New York.
Carrera's program works with a selected group of middle-school students and provides them with cultural, physical and educational opportunities until they reach college age. His strategy of creating a nurturing and supportive environment for at-risk children, whom he sees as "at-promise children," has been successful in preventing teen pregnancies as well as preventing young people from dropping out of school.
Many of Dr. Carrera's program graduates have pursued college careers in a variety of fields.
The Pinellas County Health Department's Carrera program is funded by the federal Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grant through the Juvenile Welfare Board and the Children's Services Council of Pinellas County. The program is implemented locally by the Pinellas County Health Department and is based at John Hopkins Middle School in St. Petersburg.