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Teens need access to medically accurate, evidence-based information in order to make responsible decisions for their future. For teen pregnancy prevention education, this refers to programs that have been proven effective through rigorous evaluation to reduce teen pregnancy, behavioral risk, and/or other associated risk factors among teens.1 Evidence-based programs can be expected to produce positive outcomes consistently when implemented with fidelity.
Evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention curricula are offered to schools and youth-serving organizations in Oklahoma, Tulsa, and 24 other counties with high teen birth rates through the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Maternal and Child Health Service (MCH). The evidence-based curricula offered include Love Notes, Making A Difference!, Making Proud Choices!, and Positive Prevention PLUS.
Love Notes is a comprehensive healthy relationship education program. Its purpose is to teach youth and young adults how to build healthy, romantic relationships, as well as how to reduce their risk for dating violence, unplanned pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.
Making a Difference! is an abstinence-based sexual health education program designed to impact youths’ knowledge, attitude, and behavior in ways that can help reduce their risk for pregnancy, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Making Proud Choices! is a sexual health education program that uses a safer sex approach designed to empower youth to engage in healthy behaviors that can help reduce their risk for unplanned pregnancy, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Positive Prevention PLUS is a comprehensive sexual health education program designed to build young people’s skills for reducing their risk for unplanned pregnancy, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In addition to topics that are included in the other curricula, this program also offers topics on bullying, sexual consent, media and peer pressure, human trafficking, and internet safety.
Source: 1Office of Adolescent Health (2015) Choosing an evidence-based program and curriculum. Retrieved from http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/oah-initiatives/teen_pregnancy/training/curriculum.html
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