While teen pregnancy rates fluctuate, sexually transmitted infection in our region’s youth is a significant, ongoing concern.
Empowering teens to make healthy choices about their sexuality not only reduces unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, but it also improves life outcomes for teens and their families. The following programs are provided to select schools and are made available to other community groups, such as those affiliated with the local justice system.
Choosing the Best is a middle school curriculum used to teach young teens about the health advantages of delayed sexual activity. It currently is provided in Marion and Washington counties.
Reducing the Risk is a high school curriculum that addresses abstinence, basic anatomy and physiology and the prevention of sexually transmitted infection and teen pregnancy. During the 2014-15 school year, the Lincoln Trail District Health Department and select area schools are completing participation in a two-year national study that will measure the affects of Reducing the Risk. In 2015, the health department will offer the program to any school interested.