The Teen Health Mississippi team is a group of dedicated individuals who work tirelessly to promote the vision of Teen Health MS.
Interim Executive Director of Teen Health Mississippi
Emily is responsible for overseeing Teen Health Mississippi programming and growth. Teen Health MS currently includes all the teen sexual health initiatives of Mississippi First. Emily provides trainings for evidence-based comprehensive sex education curricula, professional development opportunities for educators teaching sex education and other related courses, and supports other Teen Health MS staff to provide youth-friendly trainings to health centers. She also works with partnering organizations and school districts to provide immediate training/professional development for relevant educators and works to increase access to youth-friendly health centers. Emily is based in the Jackson, Mississippi office.
Josh provides issue education and advocacy for local- and state-level policies related to teen sexual and reproductive health. He provides district advocacy for the CHART abstinence-plus policy in addition to providing teacher trainings on the CHART sex education curricula, grades K-5 human growth and development education curricula, and other professional development opportunities. He also works with local communities to improve teens’ access to general health services. Josh is based in the Jackson, Mississippi office.
Director of Community Engagement/F4T Project Coordinator
Sara supports and coordinates Focus4Teens, a 5-year initiative with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to work with publicly funded health centers and youth-serving organizations to improve teen health and reduce teen pregnancy among youth from vulnerable populations in Coahoma, Quitman, and Tunica Counties in the Mississippi Delta. Sara is based in the Clarksdale, Mississippi office.
Hope L. Crenshaw, Ph. D
Director of Education and Training
Hope provides trainings for evidence-based comprehensive sex education curricula, professional development opportunities for educators teaching sex education and other related courses, and workshops and resources for parents. She works with partnering organizations and school districts to provide immediate training/professional development for sex education teachers. She will also improve the monitoring and evaluation systems for Teen Health Mississippi’s sexual health work while supporting the strategic growth of the organization. Hope is based in the Clarksdale, Mississippi office.
Director of Youth Programming
Chris will help Mississippi First and Teen Health Mississippi improve and expand our work to increase access to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive healthcare services. He also works to engage youth across the state in order to inform and support all of our teen health work, which includes improving sex education and championing better teen health policies. Chris is based in the Jackson, Mississippi office.
Marni von Wilpert, Advisory Board Chair
Kathryn Carroll, Advisory Board Member
Sanford Johnson, Advisory Board Member