The Adolescent Health Program is tasked with assuring the overall health and well being of Utah adolescents.
Utah Adolescent Health Network:
The Maternal and Infant Health Program (MIHP) continues to work on improving the health of Utah adolescents. MIHP oversees the Utah Adolescent Health Network, a group of diverse stakeholders of adolescent health from government, academic, non-profit, and community organizations. Quarterly network meetings serve as a venue for overall Adolescent Health professional development training. Meetings include a presentation or training by an expert in a general adolescent health topic, presentation discussion, and member networking and project sharing. In 2010, the network completed and released a state report: Utah Adolescent Reproductive Health Report. This report provides a snapshot of reproductive health issues pertaining to Utah adolescents. This report is available electronically on the following website:
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs:
The Utah Department of Health receives federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families for two programs addressing teen pregnancy prevention in Utah.
The first program is for Abstinence Education Programs targeting Utah youth ages 10-16 with a specific focus on youth in the Utah Juvenile Justice System, youth of Hispanic origin and/or non-White race, and youth residing in areas with birth rates higher than Utah's state rate. Total Annual Funding Awarded to Utah is $319,037. Through a competitive bid process, The Utah Department of Health (UDOH)
sub-contracted these federal funds to several community organizations.
The second program is for Personal Responsibility Education Programs (PREP). Funds must be used for a program designed to educate adolescents on both abstinence and contraception to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS, and three adulthood preparation subjects (healthy relationships, education and career success, healthy life skills). Total Annual Funding Awarded to Utah is $525,264. Through a competitive bid process, the Utah Department of Health sub-contracted these funds to several local community organizations. The target population is Utah youth ages 14-19 with a specific focus on youth in the Utah Juvenile Justice System, youth of Hispanic origin and/or non-White race, current teen moms, and youth residing in areas with birth rates higher than Utah's state rate.
For more information or questions regarding the two programs mentioned above, contact 801-273-2871.
Parents Matter Program:
In 2008, the Utah Adolescent Health Network collaborated with Planned Parenthood Association of Utah to pilot the Parents Matter program. This program was developed, implemented and evaluated with funds from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). It is an evidence-based, parent intervention designed to promote positive parenting and effective parent-child communication about sexuality and sexual risk reduction for parents of 9-12 year olds. The Adolescent Health Network was awarded a $15,000 grant to pilot the Spanish language version of this program. Three 5-week sessions were implemented, reaching out to more than 100 parents and children. Childcare, dinner, and educational materials were provided for all family members involved with the program. Each of the 2.5 hour sessions built upon the foundation laid in the previous sessions. Some of the objectives of the program were:
Provide basic information on child development and what children need to achieve their life goals.
Provide information on pre-adolescent and adolescent development.
Emphasize the influence that parents have on their child’s health and decision making.
Provide information on the pressures that children face in today’s society and what parents can do to help their children confront these issues.
Improve parent-child communication skills.
Increase parents understanding of adolescent sexual behavior.
Increase parents comfort/skills in discussing sex with their child; and
Help parents provide guidance to their children about peer pressure.
The UDOH currently has no funding available to implement the Parents Matter program, however will continue to provide the program once funds become available. For more information on this program, please visit the following website: http://www.cdcnpin.org/parentsmatter/program.asp
Plan Your Health: Live Your Life Booklet:
This resource promotes the concept of lifetime health among adolescents. It also focuses on the importance of making a life plan and deciding whether that plan includes becoming a parent someday or not. Furthermore, this tool outlines many variables and behaviors that increase the likelihood of having healthy pregnancy outcomes in the future. Whether or not a pregnancy occurs in the future, adolescents need to be aware that how they treat their body now, can directly affect birth outcomes down the road. The information provided in this tool empowers adolescents with the knowledge they need to make wise decisions about their health, life goals and reproductive future. Copies of this resource are available free of charge. To request copies, please call 801-273-2870, or send e-mail to email@example.com. The booklet is available in English and Spanish and can be viewed electronically at the following site: http://health.utah.gov/mihp/pdf/Teen_RLP_082709.pdf