Adolescent Health

Information

The Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Adolescent Health Program (Adolescent Health) provides health education, resources, and technical assistance to help teens in Wicomico County stay safe and healthy. Adolescent Health offers customizable presentations and evidence-based programming designed to help young people prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, take care of their health, form healthy relationships, and more. Services and education are provided to pre-adolescents, adolescents, parents/guardians, and community groups. 

For information about programs and services, contact Chavonda Carr: 
410-219-7489
chavonda.carr@maryland.gov


Adolescent Health presentation topics offered include, but are not limited to:

  • Abstinence
  • Communicating with children and teens about sexuality topics
  • Consent
  • Contraception (birth control)
  • Healthy decision-making
  • Healthy/unhealthy relationships
  • Human reproduction
  • Personal hygiene
  • Puberty
  • Refusal skills
  • Self-esteem 
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Teen pregnancy prevention
  • Have another idea? Give us a call!

Adolescent Health offers the three following programs

Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (GEMS)

An after school health and social club for middle school females in Bennett Middle School, Salisbury Middle School, and Wicomico Middle School. The GEMS program emphasizes abstinence from sex, drugs and alcohol, and helps girls to develop responsible behavior, self esteem, and confidence. 

GEMS uses the curriculum found here: https://www.etr.org/store/curricula/promoting-health-among-teens-abstinence-only/

Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)

PREP is a 12-session safer sex and abstinence intervention for males and females ages 12-19. Adult preparation topics such as healthy relationships, financial literacy, and career/educational success are taught as well.

PREP uses the curriculum found here: https://www.etr.org/ebi/programs/promoting-health-among-teens-comprehensive/

PREP also offers the curriculum found here: http://seventeendays.org/

True You Maryland

True You Maryland offers a comprehensive sexuality education program designed to build the following skills:

  • Life planning
  • Relationships 
  • Communication
  • Preventing unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections
  • Resisting media and peer pressure

This program is a resource intended for high school classrooms and community groups. Find the curriculum here: https://positivepreventionplus.com/.

True You Maryland provides educational workshops to parents and caregivers in Wicomico County. For more information about True You Maryland program offerings, contact Alicia Miller: 410-219-7486 or aliciam.miller@maryland.gov

Youth in Wicomico County are invited to join the Youth Advisory Board. Contact dnlong-white@salisbury.edu for more information.

Why is sexuality education important?

Sexuality education helps young people achieve positive health outcomes. Sexuality education:

  • Reduces sexuality transmitted infections,
  • Reduces unintended pregnancies,
  • Reduces dating violence,
  • Delays initiation of sexual activity,
  • Increases knowledge and skills in healthy relationships,
  • Improves communication skills, and 
  • Improves media literacy

Would you like to bring these benefits to youth in your community? Contact us to learn how!

The sexual health summary for Wicomico County teens lists data for Wicomico County teens for the year 2020. Wicomico County is ranked fifth in the State of Maryland for teen births. Over one-third of chlamydia cases in Wicomico County occur in teens. One in five gonorrhea cases in Wicomico County were among teens.

Resources

Adolescent Health connects youth, parents/guardians, and community members with services and resources in our area. 

Adolescent Health provides Teen Help Cards to youth-serving agencies, organizations, and community groups. Request cards by calling 410-219-7489 or emailing chavonda.carr@maryland.gov

Front side of Teen Help Card available through the Adolescent Health program.Back side of Teen Help Card provided by the Adolescent Health Program.




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