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Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) for Foster Care and Adjudicated Youth

The Ohio Department of Health, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Department of Youth Services, proposes to reduce teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection rates for Ohio’s youth 14-19 years of age residing in foster care and the juvenile justice systems by educating staff in those systems to become trainers in evidence-based pregnancy prevention programming.

Youth residing in foster care and/or involved with juvenile justice agencies have unique circumstances that contribute to their increased vulnerability for unplanned teen pregnancies and higher rates of sexually transmitted infections. Youth in these systems are highly mobile, often moving between group homes, foster families, detention centers and biological families. One consequence of this mobility can be irregular or interrupted school attendance impacting learning and the opportunity to obtain health information. PREP funding will provide education outside of the school day to youth on both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS and on three adulthood preparation subjects to assist youth as they transition out of placement into independent living.

Ohio’s PREP grant has divided the state into nine regions. Each region is comprised of multiple counties. Click here for a map of the regions. Using a statewide, standardized train-the-trainer model, subgrantees will receive training and then will work regionally to train direct care staff who work with foster care and incarcerated youth. The evidenced-based curriculum, Reducing the Risk (RTR), serves as the foundation for the pregnancy prevention education curriculum along with the following adulthood topics incorporated into the curriculum:

  • healthy relationships, such as positive self esteem and relationship dynamics, friendships, dating, romantic involvement, marriage and family interactions;
  • financial literacy; and
  • educational and career success, such as developing skills for employment preparation, job seeking, independent living, financial self-sufficiency and work place productivity.

This train-the-trainer model seeks to enhance professional development at the local level for direct care staff while providing sustainability for pregnancy prevention and life skills education for youth in the foster care and juvenile justice systems.

PREP PowerPoint presentation

Below is a listing of the counties within each region and the agency assigned to work in those counties:

Counties/Regions

Northwest - Region 1 Served by Lucas County Health Department
Counties are: Williams, Fulton, Lucas, Defiance, Henry, Wood, Paulding, Van Wert, Putnam, Hancock, Ottawa, Mercer

West Central - Region 2 Served by Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio
Counties are: Auglaize, Allen, Shelby, Darke, Miami, Champaign, Clark, Montgomery, Greene, Preble, Logan, Hardin

Southwest - Region 3 Served by Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio
Counties are: Butler, Hamilton, Warren, Clermont, Clinton, Brown

South - Region 4 Served by Planned Parenthood of Southeast Ohio
Counties are: Hocking, Ross, Vinton, Athens, Pike, Jackson, Gallia, Meigs, Scioto, Lawrence, Adams, Highland, Fayette

Southeast- Region 5 Served by Belmont County General Health District in partnership with Noble and Perry County Health Departments
Counties are: Coshocton, Muskingum, Perry, Morgan, Washington, Noble, Monroe, Belmont, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson

Northeast - Region 6 Served by Northwest Canton City Health Department
Counties are: Trumbull, Portage, Mahoning, Stark, Columbiana, Carroll, Tuscarawas, Wayne, Holmes

Lake Central – Region 7 Served by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health
Counties are: Lorain, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Ashtabula

North Central – Region 8 Served by Summit County Public Health
Counties are: Summit, Medina, Ashland, Huron, Erie, Sandusky, Seneca, Wyandot, Crawford, Marion, Richland

Central - Region 9 Served by Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Counties are: Morrow, Knox, Union, Delaware, Franklin, Pickaway, Madison, Licking, Fairfield 

Resources

Health and Wellness

http://bedsider.org/clinics?zip=45219

Careers and Employment

https://www.ohiohighered.org/students/find-a-career/careers-in-demand

Contact Information:
Adolescent.health@odh.ohio.gov

Page Updated: 2/26/14

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