MSF Announces Focus4Teens Counties

Mississippi First recently received a $3,072,999.75 5-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Reproductive Health for the Focused Pregnancy Prevention for Mississippi Teens (Focus4Teens) project. Focus4Teens will develop the capacity of health center partners through a comprehensive training and technical…

MSF Receives $3M Grant for Focus4Teens

  Mississippi First Receives $3M Grant for Focused Pregnancy Prevention for Mississippi Teens Program Jackson, MS—Mississippi First received a $3,072,999.75 5-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Reproductive Health for the Focused Pregnancy Prevention for Mississippi Teens (Focus4Teens) project….

CHART: Parent Meetings

As the implementation process continues, several CHART school districts have held meetings where parents can learn more about the sex education curricula that will be taught in their middle and high schools this year. The parents in attendance have been able to review the curricula…

CHART: Marshall County Out, Calhoun County In

[Updated Post, 5/24/12] Recent news from two school districts has caused us to revise our list of CHART districts.  The Marshall County School District adopted CHART in the spring of 2011.  However, under the leadeship of a new superintendent that was elected this past fall,…

CHART: We’ve Met Our Goal!

The Coahoma Community College Board of Trustees voted last night to adopt the CHART policy for the Coahoma Agricultural High School.  “Aggie”, our 30th CHART district, joins the two other school districts in Coahoma County (P1) in adopting the abstinence-plus policy. This adoption announcement also…

CHART: Nine to Shine!

We have approached the home stretch in CHART advocacy.  Our primary goal has been to get 75% of our Priority 1 districts (25 of 33 districts) to adopt CHART.   As of this moment, we are only 9 districts short of reaching that goal. [Fun…

CHART: Meeting with Superintendents in Bolivar County

When Bolivar County was added to our Priority 1 list, I began preparing myself for the challenge of creating an advocacy strategy that would cover each of the county’s six public school districts.  The task ended up being much easier than I expected.  Each month,…

CHART: Presentation for North Bolivar School Board

I presented the CHART policy to the North Bolivar School Board yesterday (2/21) during their monthly meeting, which took place at the district’s central office in Shelby, MS.  This was the first presentation done in Bolivar County, one of our newly identified Priority 1 counties….

CHART: Changes Made to Priority Status

This past month, some significant changes were made to our CHART advocacy strategy.  As you know, the CHART initiative has been created in partnership with the Mississippi State Department of Health, which is administering the PREP grant that’s funding this initiative. The changes are based…