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Postcard to Promote Evidence-Based Youth Interventions

NWCPHP designed a promotional postcard for the Washington State Department of Health to publicize the Washington State Personal Responsibility Education Program.

NWCPHP designed a promotional postcard for the Washington State Department of Health to publicize the Washington State Personal Responsibility Education Program.

November 17, 2014

Each year, the Summer Institute for Public Health Practice invites participants to partake in a special tradition—the chance to win a customizable postcard, based off NWCPHP's successful We Are Public Health postcard series.

"We hear so many stories about exciting programs, innovative projects, and team successes at the Summer Institute, and this postcard is a fun way for us to support the great work of our partners," said NWCPHP Outreach and Training Design Specialist, Barb Rose, MPH. "Our staff help the winner choose and develop their story idea, and think through their postcard dissemination and audience. We've had past winners use the postcard to encourage enrollment in their programs and raise awareness of their work."

At this most recent Summer Institute, a staff member from the Washington State Department of Health won the opportunity, choosing to promote the Washington State Personal Responsibility Education Program (WA PREP).

WA PREP is a prevention program created in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act to decrease disproportionate teen birth rates, pregnancies, and sexually transmitted infections among youth (primarily ages 11–18). Participants in the program learn about abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS. Additionally, youth-development topics such as healthy relationships, parent-child communication, and life skills are incorporated into the curriculum to help prepare participants for adulthood.

The multi-agency effort brings together partners from a variety of sectors and backgrounds, with the Washington State Department of Health acting as lead agency for the program. Intervention partners from the community apply and are chosen to implement a set of evidence-based interventions—all with funding, training, and technical support from WA PREP.

"This program is unique," said Mandy Paradise, WA PREP Project Coordinator. "Not only do we provide prevention curricula to youth most vulnerable to teenage pregnancy—many of whom require extra effort and skill to access—but we also partner with youth service providers outside the traditional pregnancy prevention profile."

Paradise continued: "The postcard reflects our work to help youth have happier and healthier lives by explaining the need for teen pregnancy prevention. We currently use the postcard as a reference for our existing partners and to help the public learn more about the WA PREP for Healthy Youth project."

For more information about WA PREP, contact Project Coordinator Mandy Paradise at . Or visit the WA PREP website to connect with a WA PREP representative from Cardea Services, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, or the Washington State Department of Health.

The 2015 Summer Institute will be held August 3–6, on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. More information on courses and costs will be available in early 2015.

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