Teens Linked to Care

Rebecca Miller, Project Coordinator
740.354.8947
Rebecca.miller@portsmouthoh.org

Deb Spears, Evaluation Specialist/Health Educator
740.354.8921
Debora.spears@portsmouthoh.org

Teens Linked to Care is a comprehensive substance use prevention and sexual risk behavior reduction program for rural teens ages 13-19 funded by the CDC Foundation. The goal of the program is to create healthier adolescents by preventing substance use and reducing HIV infection and other STD’s. Objectives include increasing youth knowledge and skills, improving youth attitude and norms in support of substance use prevention and HIV/STD prevention, increasing adolescent access to youth-friendly key health services, increasing youth safety at school, and increasing adolescents’ connectedness to school and supportive adults.

The Division of Adolescent School Health (DASH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with the CDC Foundation received funding to support Teens Linked to Care (TLC), a three year, comprehensive substance use prevention and sexual risk behavior reduction program for teens in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. Portsmouth City Health Department is fortunate to be the recipient for Ohio. The Department is working with CAPE (Center for Alternative and Progressive Education) school which is located at the old New Boston High School on Glenwood Avenue. The Teens Linked to Care program consists of a Community Advisory Board (CAB) and a youth led planning and implementation group of up to 15 members each. The objectives of the program are to:

• Increase youth knowledge and skills to prevent substance us and HIV /STD infection.
• Improve youth attitudes and norms in support of substance us prevention and HIV/STD prevention.
• Increase adolescent access to youth-friendly, key health services including substance abuse and
HIV testing and treatment.
• Increase youth safety at school.
• Increase adolescents’ connectedness to school and supportive adults.
• Increase availability of positive youth development programming and opportunities for local adolescents.