Adolescent Health

Information

Effective 03/18/2020, Prevention and Health Communications will offer limited services. Staff will still answer department phones.

Are you a parent or guardian of a child age 9-14? Are you having trouble talking to your child about puberty, personal hygiene or other adolescent health issues? Join our Adolescent Health Team for free online virtual sessions. Call 410-219-7489 or email chavonda.carr@maryland.gov

National Immunization Awareness Month

2020 Recommended Vaccinations For Children ages 7-18 Years old

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/easy-to-read/adolescent-easyread.html#table-teen


Available Programs

The Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Adolescent Health Program provides technical assistance, health education, and promotional efforts to reduce teen pregnancy in Wicomico County. Several community based initiatives are designed to affect teen pregnancy using Abstinence and Comprehensive Sexuality Education. Services and education are provided to pre-adolescents, adolescents, parents and community groups which are funded by the Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) and the Personal Responsibility and Education Program (PREP).

Adolescent Health presentation topics offered, but not limited to the following: 

  • Abstinence
  • Contraception
  • Puberty
  • Healthy/Unhealthy Relationships
  • Human Reproduction
  • Making Wise Decisions (Risky Behaviors)
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Refusal Skills
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention
  • Communication tips for Talking with Teenagers about Sexuality Issues

Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) Promoting Health Among Teens- Abstinence

https://www.etr.org/store/curricula/promoting-health-among-teens-abstinence-only/

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. 

Personal Responsibility and 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.

 


1 in 10 new mothers is a teen.Wicomico County is ranked 9th in the state of Maryland for teen births to girls between the ages of 15-19.  (2018 data)


 

Did you know?

  • Nearly 1/4 of teen mothers become pregnant with their second child within 24 months;
  • Daughters of teen mothers are 3 times as likely to become a teen mom themselves;
  • Sons of teen moms are twice as likely to end up in prison;
  • Only 40% of teen mothers finish high school while the other 60% are forced to dropout to care for their children.

Teen Help Card - STI Resources

 


For more information, contact: Chavonda Carr at (410) 219-7489 or chavonda.carr@maryland.gov

 



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