Give’m Health: Teen Outreach Program Helping with Teen Pregnancy

A very real issue that modern America is dealing with is Teen Pregnancy and TriCounty Health is working to educate the community. In this week’s Give’m Health segment, TriCounty shares that teen pregnancy is fraught with many negative consequences. Though not directly focused on teen pregnancy or other teen related public health issues, TriCounty Health Department offers a program aimed at providing youth with the tools they need to better understand the decision making process as well as the consequences associated with their decisions. The Teen Outreach Program (TOP) is based on a National Curriculum and serves as a suicide prevention program, substance abuse prevention program, and life skills program. It is centered on building skills and teaching teens how to think instead of what to think. Katie Scholes, a Health Educator for TriCounty Health Department, has been teaching this program in schools for 3 going on 4 years now and says she has never even discussed teen pregnancy with any of the youth but has seen the teen pregnancy rates begin to decrease in part, she believes, due to this program. For more information on this program, visit www.tricountyhealth.com.

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Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.