Teen Pregnancy Prevention / Delta Futures
The Delta Futures project is a comprehensive, three year program designed to work with 11 public school districts, five private school districts, five local Rural Health Clinics, and over 30 community and faith organizations to prevent teen pregnancy and lower sexually transmitted diseases. During the first full project year, July 2016 to June 2017, program staff reached 3,182 participants across 12 Delta counties.
All of the curricula are evidence-based and developed to increase acceptance among the students. The courses utilized in schools have been approved for use by the Mississippi Department of Education and are coordinated with other risk-avoidance efforts that may already be underway in those settings. All program materials are medically accurate, age appropriate, culturally and linguistically relevant, and inclusive of all youth in each community.
Moreover, this DHA program is unique in that the lessons and materials are taught by community health liaisons, professional staff trained just for this project. Early assessments show that after participating in the program, students report higher intent to use birth control, higher motivation to use birth control, and higher perceptions of risk from sexual activity.
In 2017, the Office of Adolescent Health, with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, recognized the Delta Futures as a star program for outstanding program performance.