OHIO PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY EDUCATION PROGRAM (OHIO PREP)
The Ohio PREP Project is a program through the Ohio Department of Health, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Department of Youth Services. The Ohio PREP Project seeks to reduce teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection rates in Ohio’s youth, ages 14-19, residing in the foster care and juvenile justice systems.
Youth in these systems have an increased vulnerability for risky sexual behaviors, often moving from home to home or from detention centers, making it difficult to learn and discuss sexual health with trusted adults or within school health classes. PREP will provide this education, outside of the school day, for these youths.
To maximize program success, Ohio was divided into nine regions each consisting of multiple counties. The Noble County Health Department, in collaboration with Belmont County General Health District and Perry County Health District, received funding from the Ohio Department of Health for Region 5, Southeast Ohio. The Counties in Region 5 are: Belmont, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry and Washington. Each region was awarded funding from the Ohio Department of Health. The funded agencies work directly with the foster care and juvenile justice agencies within their region.
Ohio P.R.E.P. is a grant program funded by The Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Service Bureau (FYSB) and administered by the Ohio Department of Youth Services in partnership with The Ohio Department of Health and The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
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