Beginning in August of 2010, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MDESE) has been awarded funds by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP). This project integrates community and school services to deliver medically accurate, culturally competent, age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education to young people ages 10-19. PREP providers are required to focus on providing services and education to those populations with the greatest disparities in reproductive health outcomes, including Hispanic/Latino youth, African-American youth, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LBGTQ) youth, youth in or aging out of foster care, youth with physical and intellectual disabilities, and expectant and parenting youth up to age 21.
PREP programs are utilizing a variety of evidence-based curricula, including the Teen Outreach Program®, Making Proud Choices!, ¡Cuídate!, and Be Proud! Be Responsible! All PREP programs are integrating three adulthood preparation subjects, Healthy Relationships, Adolescent Development and Financial Literacy as additional workshops outside of their curriculum work.
The goal of the MDPH Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) is to promote healthy behavior, responsible decision-making and increased opportunities for high risk youth. The health outcome goals of the program are:
- Decrease the teen birth rate among target populations in priority communities through increased access to evidence-based education.
- Decrease STI incidence among target populations in priority communities through increased access to medically-accurate, age-appropriate programming.
— Cambridge Health Alliance
Serving Somerville and Revere, MA
— Citizens for Citizens
Serving Fall River, MA
— Family and Children’s Service of Greater Lynn
Serving Lynn, Revere and Chelsea, MA
— Family Services of the Merrimack Valley
Serving Lawrence, MA
— Gándara Center
Serving Springfield, Holyoke and Chicopee, MA
— Lowell Community Health Center
Serving Lowell, MA