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Parents & Professionals

Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 4Real Health, an Orleans Teen Pregnancy Prevention Project (OTPPP), is a collaborative project facilitated by Louisiana Public Health Institute to prevent teen pregnancy, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections (STI) through the implementation of two evidence-based curricula. 

The state of Louisiana currently has the 19th highest teen pregnancy rate and the 9th highest teen birth rate in the nation12.  In New Orleans specifically, the most recent data (from 2005) has shown that youth are more than twice as likely as the national average to have had sex before the age of 133. OTPPP seeks to address the gaps in prevention and sex education that exist in Orleans Parish.

The goal of the project is to reduce the incidence of and behavioral risk factors for teen pregnancy among Orleans Parish youth, ages 14-19, by implementing and evaluating two teen pregnancy prevention evidence-based interventions (EBIs) – Health Education Program (links to Section H) and Staying Mature and Responsible Toward Sex (SMARTS) (Links to Section H) in multiple sites throughout Orleans Parish. 

1 http://www.thenationalcampaign.org/national-data/pdf/STBYST05_Preg%20Only.pdf

2 http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparemaptable.jsp?ind=37&cat=2

3 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2005.


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