MSM and Clayton County Health District Partner to Promote Healthy Youth Development
Collaboration with SNAPP at The Health Promotion Resource Center at Morehouse School of Medicine provides parent resources to reduce teen pregnancy.
ATLANTA -- May 25, 2021 -- The Health Promotion Resource Center at Morehouse School of Medicine and long-time partner Clayton County Health District currently offer parents, guardians, and other caregivers programs to help reduce teen pregnancy. May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM). While NTPPM celebrates the historic decline in the teen birth rate in the United States and highlights the importance of helping adolescents reach their full potential, there are still many groups at risk.
The Adolescent Health and Youth Development program, open to youth ages 10-19, provides opportunities for adolescents to enhance their skills and improve their health. The Comprehensive Sex Education curriculum educates youth ages on both abstinence and contraception to help prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS.
Other topics in the program’s curriculum include:
- Healthy relationships
- Community awareness education events
- Healthy diet
- Tobacco/alcohol and drugs
- Service-learning projects
- Adult to youth mentoring
- Curriculum-based education
- Leadership training
- Life skills
- Physical fitness
- Nutrition counseling
- Career counseling
- Teen coalition
Carla Heath, director of Business Operations, Clayton County Health District states, “The Clayton County Health District aims to reinforce positive attitudes, healthy behaviors and activities to reduce high-risk behavior, violence, substance abuse, poor school performance and early sexual activity. Our programs are designed and developed in collaboration with families, communities, schools and other public and private organizations throughout the district.”
Connecting youth to services and opportunities that will help them maximize their strengths can help prevent teen pregnancy. Therefore, teen pregnancy prevention efforts should provide youth with opportunities for healthy and successful development. OPA’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program grantees implement effective programs that focus on developing positive outcomes for adolescents, including supporting positive youth development, preventing sexually transmitted infections, building healthy relationships, and more.
Download OPA's toolkit and follow OPA on Twitter (@HHSPopAffairs) to learn how your organization can help play a role in preventing teen pregnancy during NTPPM and all year long. For more information, please contact Victoria Broussard, program manager, Morehouse School of Medicine at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-756-5278.
About Morehouse School of Medicine
Founded in 1975, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is among the nation’s leading educators of primary care physicians, biomedical scientists, and public health professionals. An independent and private historically-Black medical school, MSM was recognized by the Annals of Internal Medicine as the nation’s number one medical school in fulfilling a social mission—the creation and advancement of health equity. MSM faculty and alumni are noted for excellence in teaching, research, and public policy, as well as exceptional patient care. MSM is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctoral and master’s degrees. To learn more about programs and donate today, please visit www.msm.edu or call 404-752-1500.