Since 2011, the Baltimore City Health Department has worked with Dr Nadine Finigan-Carr of the Ruth Young Center to address the sexual reproductive health needs of youth in out of home care in Baltimore City. The PREP program has been awarded $85,000 to continue this evaluation work in Fiscal Year 2017.
Over the course of the past five years, hundreds of youth have received a prevention intervention designed to reduce sexual risk behaviors in this vulnerable population. In addition, hundreds of child welfare and juvenile justice professionals and foster parents have received training on best practices in supporting the sexual reproductive health of the children in their care. The additional funding received will allow the program, renamed U Choose/PREP, to expand the prevention intervention to Baltimore County and the adult training statewide.