Challenges and successes associated with implementing abstinence-plus education in a politically conservative state: Institutionalizing sex education in Mississippi
The Mississippi State Department of Health’s Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) and Mississippi First, a local non-profit organization, created the Creating Healthy and Responsible Teens (CHART) Initiative to reduce teen pregnancy, improve teen sexual health and increase responsible decision-making. This initiative involves policy tools development and enables school districts to provide abstinence-plus education programs which are evidence-based, age-appropriate, and medically accurate. School districts implementing CHART receive resources, trainings, technical assistance and support throughout the implementation process. With the help of local non-profits and coalitions, the organizations have been able to establish key projects and initiatives throughout Mississippi to aid in its ultimate goal to institutionalize sex education in Mississippi. This presentation will share successes, challenges, and key strategies for sustainability and implementation plans of projects despite working in a politically conservative state.
Learning Areas:Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Demonstrate how to use/develop local and statewide coalitions to achieve maximum results. Explain how to make comprehensive sex education a permanent component of the public education system. Discuss how to leverage current progress, initiatives, and projects for long-term sustainable sex education.
Keyword(s): Health Promotion and Education, Teen Pregnancy
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an epidemiologist and evaluator at a state health department, where I provide epidemiological and evaluation support to programs focusing on teenage STI and pregnancy prevention, maternal and child health, and improving data linkages and surveillance. I am also currently studying to receive a DrPH, concentration in epidemiology, at a certified CEPH program. Among my scientific interests has been developing strategies for health promotion and the prevention of chronic diseases and risk factors.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.