Community Service Practicum Poster Presentation 06.20.11


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Research found that a lack of comprehensive sexual education in schools creates an increased risk for sexually transmitted diseases and unintended teenage pregnancy. The lack of access to sexual health resources not only raises the likelihood of young teenage parents to discontinue high school, but also multiplies the chances of abuse and neglect, and the possibilities of entering into the welfare system. The Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH) is an advocate for the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) in Illinois, which implements comprehensive sexual health education curricula in school-based settings. Certified health education specialists facilitated ICAH’s skills-based training program that recruited educators and youth service providers from 29 school districts in Illinois. Selected for the trainings were counties that have statistically higher teenage birth rates and STDs. Results from a 3-to-6-month follow-up evaluation of the PREP curriculum-training revealed an estimated 95 percent of participants realize that professional development in PREP curricula is crucial to the overall goal in teaching youth the skills needed to develop healthy relationships, and to prevent unintended pregnancy and the acquisition of STDs/HIV. When developing recommendations for school board policy changes, studies point to the success of PREP as medically accurate, age-appropriate, and evidence-based curricula. Amid significant societal and financial costs of the lack of comprehensive sexual education, any progress in reducing these social concerns will not only sponsor the state and national economies, but will also develop the social, emotional, and physical wellbeing for current and subsequent generations of America.

"Dear Adler Community,

The posters presented today by our CSP students represented their reflections on their community work. The posters included themes about socially responsible practice, the connection between individual and community well-being, the systemic forces that marginalize whole communities, and the actions we can take to improve our society. Over 30 community partners joined faculty and staff to help students celebrate the completion of the Community Service Practicum.

It was difficult to do, but we did identify students whose posters excelled. These students will be awarded subsidies to a professional conference in the following amounts:

1st Place Winner: $500
2nd Place Winner: $400
3rd Place Winner: $300

Because we have so many students, this year we doubled the number of students who could win.
Our first place winners are Kulkiran Nakai and XX.
Our second place winners are XX and XX.
Our third place winners are XX and XX.

Many thanks to our judges, whose decisions were made so difficult by the excellent quality of students’ posters.

Nancy J. Bothne
Director of Community Engagement

Cecil Thomas
Associate Director of Community Engagement"

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  • ICAH found92% of Illinois teachers believe students deserve accurate information on safe sex and birth control66% of Illinois classrooms do not provide comprehensive sexuality education
  • Community Service Practicum Poster Presentation 06.20.11

    1. 1. + Support PREP: Personal Responsibility Education Program Kulkiran K. Nakai, M.A. The Adler School of Professional Psychology The Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH)
    2. 2. A total of 409,840 infants were born to 15-19 year olds in 2009. (Hamilton et al, 2010) “THE PROBLEM” Lack of Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (PREP) 60% of mothers nationwide who have a child before they turn 18-years-old do not graduate from high school. (Hoffman, 2006) $9.1 billion is spent annually for cost of teen childbearing at the federal, state, and local levels. (Hoffman, 2006) Approximately ¼ of teenage mothers go on welfare within the first three years of the child’s birth. (Hoffman, 2006) In 2006, an estimated 5,259 young people aged 1324 were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. (CDC, 2008) A total of 1,244,180 chlamydial infections were reported to CDC in 2009. The highest age-specific rates of reported chlamydia in 2009 were among those aged 15–19 years. (CDC, 2010)
    3. 3. Preventing “The Problem” with PREP  PREP requires replication of medicallyaccurate, evidenced-based, and age-appropriate curricula for grades 6-12  PREP designates an agenda intended to prepare adolescents on both abstinence and contraception  PREP includes pre-adulthood preparation topics: healthy life skills, educational and career success, financial literacy, adolescent development, and healthy relationships  PREP is awarded to high-risk, vulnerable, and culturally under-represented youth populations: youth in foster care and youth with HIV/AIDS, homeless youth, mothers and pregnant women under the age of 21 and their partners, as well as youth who dwell in communities with higher teen birth rates (SIECUS, 2010)
    4. 4. ICAH Supports PREP  Increase access to sexual health care and access to sexuality education for youth  Advocate with the Illinois Youth Policy Council (IYPC) to gain community and legislative support for comprehensive sexual health education  Support state and federal legislation for PREP  Encourage state school boards to change local sexuality education policies for PREP  Fund for PREP in local schools and communities  Provide free professional development trainings on how to establish and implement PREP curricula to educators and youth service providers throughout Illinois (ICAH, 2011)
    5. 5. PREP & Professional Development  The Administration on Children, Youth, and Families allocated PREP funds through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act totaling $75 million each year during the period of 2010-20141  Illinois applied for PREP in Fiscal Year (FY) 2010-20111 • IL counties with higher rates of teen pregnancy and STI’s2: • Springfield, Macomb, Edwardsville, Joliet, and Loves Park Participants included teachers from elementary schools, middle schools and high schools, administrative staff, principals, superintendants, school nurses, members from the Health Department, and a member from the Department of Child and Family Services (1SIECUS, 2010; 2IDPH; 2010 )
    6. 6. Post-Training Evaluations  Participants • • • • • appreciated: Current laws and legislation on sexual health education (PREP) Updated statistical information on STDs/HIV/Teen pregnancy for their local communities Access to the Adolescent Sexual Health Toolkit and a thorough review of available PREP curricula Participating in hands-on, interactive activities related to sexual health Discussing and exchanging ideas with other professionals  75% of participants went from “not very skilled” prior to the trainings on PREP subject material to “very skilled”  95% realize that PREP is fundamental for educators to teach youth the skills needed to develop healthy relationships and how to prevent unintended pregnancy and the acquisition of STDs/HIV
    7. 7. + PREP Works!  Delay of initial sexual activity, reduction in frequency of sexual activity, and reduction in quantity of sexual partners1,2,3  Increased condom use and contraceptive use1,2,3  Decreased unprotected sex and the acquisition of HIV/STDs and pregnancy rates1,2,3  Raising interest and demand for PREP in school, community-, and clinic-based settings1,3  Increased health awareness and education, and enhanced overall wellbeing1 (1Kirby, 2007; 2Science and Success, 2008; & 3Suellentrop, 2010)
    8. 8. ICAH Recommends  Advocate for PREP funding at local, state, and national levels  Promote PREP in schools and communities  Expand to school districts with increased health risks, and to Spanish-speaking communities  Provide free contraceptives in community-based and school-based settings  Utilize social media and public forums for parental involvement to encourage communication with youth
    9. 9. References Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010). Sexually transmitted disease surveillance, 2009. Retrieved May 2011, from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2008). HIV/AIDS surveillance report, 2006. Atlanta: US Department of Health and Human Services, 18:11. Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health. (2011). Retrieved on March 2011, from Hamilton, B. E., Martin, J. A., and Ventura, S. J. (2010). Births: Preliminary data for 2009. National Vital Statistics Reports, 59(3). Hoffman, S. D. (2006, October). By the numbers: The public costs of teen childbearing. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Retrieved March 2011, from Illinois Department of Public Health. (2010, December). HIV/AIDS/STD Sections. Retrieved March 2011, from Kirby, D. (2007). Emerging answers 2007: Research findings on programs to reduce teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease. Washington, DC: National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Science and success: Sex education and other programs that work to prevent teen pregnancy, HIV & sexually transmitted infections in the United States. (2008). Washington DC: Advocates for Youth. Retrieved March 2011, from SIECUS. (2010, October). State by state decisions: The personal responsibility program and title V abstinence-only program. SIECUS. Retrieved March 2011, from Suellentrop, K. (2010). What works 2010: Curriculum-based programs that help prevent teen pregnancy. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: Washington, DC.