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January 1, 2013 > My Choice, My Future program receives grant funding

My Choice, My Future program receives grant funding

Submitted By Christina Torres

The success of Tri-City Health Center's (TCHC) "My Choice, My Future" program was recognized with a grant award of $50,000 by Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Program in southern Alameda County for the fourth consecutive year of program expansion.

The "My Choice, My Future" program established by TCHC at Newark Memorial High School (NMHS) in the school year 2009-2010 has demonstrated three years of positive impact on the personal development and attitudes towards sex for a cohort of 30 students. Over the past three years, the program has delivered on expectations of decreasing teen birth rates, reducing at-risk behavior, improving refusal skills and self-esteem for teen girls, as well as improving parent-teen communication regarding sexual behavior and health education. TCHC expects to grow the program to reach more teens and improve overall impact by employing metric driven approaches focused on three key components including an evidence based teen pregnancy prevention program, a culturally integrated intervention to reduce sexual risk behaviors and a clinic linkage system with needed support at the TCHC Teen City Clinic.

"We are thrilled to be able to contribute to this important program and to help build healthier communities," said Colleen McKeown, Senior Vice President and Area Manager, Kaiser Permanente, Southern Alameda County.

"My Choice, My Future program has been instrumental in helping TCHC provide much needed teenage pregnancy preventive outreach services in our community," said Alison Wakefield, TCHC Community Health Education Manager.

More information about Tri-City Health Center (TCHC) is available at: http://www.tri-cityhealth.org

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