Teen Health Mississippi is a made up of a team of passionate individuals who work with their hearts, hands, and minds to improve the sexual health of Mississippi teens so that they may grow into healthy adults and move Mississippi forward. Our organization works to build the capacity of adults who serve Mississippi teens, such as teachers and healthcare providers, so that they may meet the unique sexual health needs of Mississippi teens. We also advocate for policies that contribute to an environment in which teens are able to live safe and healthy lives. We envision a Mississippi built on a foundation of healthy communities in which all teens have access to high-quality sex education and youth-friendly healthcare services.
All of Teen Health Mississippi’s work is conducted in partnership with youth and falls within three primary domains:
- Policy & Advocacy – We engage youth advocates and community stakeholders to increase awareness of important policies relating to teen sexual health and champions policies at state, local, and organizational levels that improve teen sexual health.
- Capacity Building – We provide training and resources to build the capacity of youth-serving adults and organizations to effectively implement strategies, programs, and services that are guided by research and key positive youth development practices.
- Programs & Initiatives – We support the implementation of programs and strategies that are informed by research and best practices that target risk and protective factors that influence teen sexual behavior.