Creating Healthy and Responsible Teens (CHART) Abstinence Plus Policy Mississippi Teen Pregnancy Prevention Summit AGENDA I. Teen Sexual Health in Mississippi II. Sex Education in Mississippi III. CHART: Creating Health and Responsible Teens IV. CHART Policy’s Cost to School Districts V. How You Can Help VI. Panelists/Questions Teen Sexual Health in Mississippi O Teen Health Crisis in Mississippi Teen Birth Rate over Last Five Years (2005-09) 80 Teen Birth Rate 70 60 50 40 Mississippi 30 United States 20 10 0 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Source: Vital Statistics, Mississippi State Department of Health O Teen Health Crisis in Mississippi Chlamydia Infection Rate Chlamydia Infection Rate over Last Five Years (2005-09) 900.0 800.0 700.0 600.0 500.0 400.0 300.0 200.0 100.0 0.0 Mississippi United States 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Source: Vital Statistics, Mississippi State Department of Health O Teen Health Crisis in Mississippi Gonorrhea Infection Rate over Last Five Years (2005-09) Gonorrhea Infection Rate 300 250 200 Mississippi 150 United States 100 50 0 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Source: Vital Statistics, Mississippi State Department of Health O Teen Pregnancy’s Cost to Mississippians $155,000,000 The same amount of money would buy: • Pre-K for 97% of Mississippi 4-year-olds • 1 year of 4-year college tuition for 31,624 Mississippians • 4,871 police officers • 2,666 registered nurses • 3,677 teachers Source: Mississippi Economic Policy Center; Mississippi First Teen Healthy Crisis in Mississippi: WHY? Many Teens in MS are Sexually Active • 76% of 12th Graders have had sexual intercourse – Nation: 62.3% • 50% of 9th Graders have had sexual intercourse – Nation: 31.6% Lack of Knowledge about Sexual/Reproductive Health • Abstinence-only was the state standard for years • No requirement for sex education • Many districts contracted with 3rd party groups Source: Youth Risky Behavior Surveillance. CDC & MSDH, 2009 Sex Education in Mississippi HB 999: The New Sex Education Law Key Details • Sex education requirement for public school districts • Must adopt abstinenceonly or abstinence-plus policy • July 1, 2012 deadline • No state funding New Restrictions • Restrictions on condom instruction • Opt-in Policy • Separated by gender • Curricula must be approved by the State Board of Ed “Abstinence-Only” vs. “Abstinence-Plus” Abstinence Only • Proven ineffective in reducing rates • Teens as likely to have sex before marriage • Teens less likely to use contraceptives • Teens more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior Abstinence - Plus • Far more effective in reducing teen birth/STD rates • Decreases in frequency and number of partners • Increases in use of contraceptives CHART: Creating Healthy and Responsible Teens CHART Abstinence-Plus Policy Highlights of CHART Policy • • • • Instruction must begin no later that 7th grade Must include abstinence education Taught by Health, Science, and Family/Consumer Science teachers Must have Program Coordinator and at least 1 public meeting Evidence-Based Sex Ed Curricula • Each option is age-appropriate, medically accurate, and evidence-based. • 1 elementary, 3 middle school, and 2 high school options • Curricula currently being reviewed by the State Board of Education CHART Advocacy Strategy Setting Priorities through Sexual Health Indicators* • Significantly high current teen birth rate • Significantly high 5-yr. average teen birth rate • Significantly high teen birth rate in two of the last three years • Significantly high 5-yr. average Chlamydia infection rate • Significantly high 5-yr. average gonorrhea infection rate 3-5 Indicators = Priority 1 (17) • Goal: Get 75% of districts to adopt the policy 1-2 Indicators = Priority 2 (16) • Goal: Work with community partners to get policy adopted 0 Indicators = Priority 3 (49) • Goal: Provide resources for local advocates * Sexual health indicators currently under review. CHART Policy’s Cost to School Districts Cost to the District = $0 Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) • $75 million from the Affordable Health Care Act • Funding for evidence-based comprehensive sex education • Worked with the MS State Dept. of Health to apply for state grant Through a $2 million federal PREP grant, districts that adopt the CHART policy will receive the following at no cost to the district: • Evidence-Based Curricula • Teacher Training • Technical Assistance • Data Gathering Assistance Implementing this FREE Program Five-Step Implementation Process • • • • • STEP ONE – Policy Adoption STEP TWO – Curriculum/Implementation Guide STEP THREE – Curriculum Selection STEP FOUR – Training from MSDH STEP FIVE – Curriculum Implementation How You Can Help! How You Can Help Us Get CHART Adopted • Talk to the Superintendent and School Board Members • Talk to Teachers and Administrators about CHART • Help Us Connect with District Administrators • Share CHART Information with Others • Share Your Story • Remember Four Things about CHART: Needed, Required, Proven Effective and FREE!