CHART Presentation in Greenville

Yesterday, I presented the CHART policy to the Greenville Public School District. This is my third presentation in Washington County, a P1 county which has the highest gonorrhea infection rate in the entire state. Two other districts in the county (Western Line and Leland) have…

CHART: Presentation at JPS Steering Committee

HB999 was the focus of yesterday’s Jackson Public Schools Steering Committee.  The committee consists of district administrators, principals, and parents.  The interest in the abstinence-plus sex education option was clearly evident, but there were several questions about how the policy would be implemented.  The Superintendent…

CHART: Durant and Columbus

During one hour on Tuesday, I was able to complete two presentations for the CHART policy. The first of these presentations was for Durant School Board (Holmes, P1), and it took place at their central office. After a brief description of the policy, I answered…

CHART: Presentation at Hollandale School Board Meeting

Before a packed house at the Hollandale School District Office, I spoke to board members about the CHART Abstinence-Plus policy. This was the first board presentation in Washington County, which is one of our Priority 1 counties. The presentation was quick and went something like…

New Legislation Affects CHART

I am writing to inform you about a recent development that may have a significant impact on our effort to reduce teen pregnancy and STD rates in Mississippi. As many of you know, Mississippi First has recently launched the Creating Healthy and Responsible Teens (CHART) initiative….

More Troubling Statistics for the CHART Initiative

While our previous updates about the CHART Initiative have focused heavily on teen childbearing, MSF also recognizes that sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are also a major problem among Mississippi teenagers.  According to health statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control, Mississippi leads the nation…

Federal Funding for CHART

As we noted in our previous Update, Mississippi First worked with the Mississippi Department of Health (MDH) to submit the state’s abbreviated application for the Personal Responsibility and Education Program (PREP).  The fund, administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was created…