Adolescent Health

HCET's adolescent health programs strive to improve behavioral, social, emotional, and sexual health outcomes for young people. Since 2004, adolescent programming supported by HCET has been delivered in a variety of settings, including schools, community centers, hospitals and clinics, juvenile detention centers, foster care agencies, and county courts. Supported focus areas include teen and unplanned pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention, positive youth development, preparation for adulthood, and healthy decision making. All programming and curricula supported by HCET are inclusive, medically accurate, age appropriate, and evidence-based.

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ECHO Project

The HCET Educating Communities for Healthy Outcomes (ECHO) project serves rural Indiana counties with high rates of HIV, Hepatitis C, teen births, unemployment, and poverty. ECHO is a teen pregnancy prevention program that targets adolescent substance use as a primary risk factor for teen pregnancy.

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IN-CAST

The Indiana Connected and Supported Teens (IN-CAST) project provides evidence-based, teen pregnancy prevention, youth development, and trusted adult programming to youth in foster care and youth involved with the juvenile justice system. Programming is provided in residential treatment and detention centers, emergency shelters, and community-based settings. Funding is provided by the Office of Population Affairs Teen Pregnancy Prevention program.

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Indiana Kids Healthy Teen Connections project

The Indiana Kids Healthy Teen Connections project provides evidence-based positive youth development and adolescent pregnancy prevention to foster care and court-involved youth and families in Marion County and greater Indiana. Programming is provided in community-based settings and the Marion County Juvenile Court. The Healthy Teen Coordinator works closely with judges and case workers at the Marion County Juvenile Court to provide education, counseling, and linkages to health care for teens and parents/guardians currently engaged in the foster care system. Funding is provided by the Indiana Kids Program through the State of Indiana.

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IN-PACT project

The IN-PACT project provides evidence-based adolescent pregnancy prevention and positive youth development programming to youth in foster care, court-involved and incarcerated teens, and LGBTQ adolescents in Indiana. Funding is provided by the Family Youth Services Bureau’s Competitive Personal Responsibility Education Project.

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WI PREP and PYD programs

WI PREP and PYD programs prepare teens for adulthood by offering adolescent programs with proven positive outcomes in counties with high teen birth rates. HCET plays a key role on the PREP/PYD Program Support team and provides grantee training and technical assistance, project coordination, and quality improvement activities. Funding is provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Curricula for Youth Workers, Professionals, and Parents:

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Virtual Learning

HCET Virtual Learning offers online learning courses designed to support health educators and other individuals teaching youth and adolescents, clinicians and family planning specialists, and all other professionals working in reproductive and sexual health. Topics include adolescent health and education, family planning, and STI education. It is a self-paced and accessible way to access up-to-date, medically accurate and inclusive training and professional development.

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Talk2Protect

This text messaging service provides an easy and convenient way for parents to access evidence-based and unbiased education and resources that will help them talk to their teens about sex and relationships to avoid teen pregnancy, STI’s and unhealthy relationships.

Text Connect to 95577 to opt in.

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It's That Easy!

A Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Children is designed to help parent educators incorporate issues of sex and sexuality into their work with families and provide guidance for important parent/child conversations.

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