Mississippi has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates and sexually transmitted infection rates in the country. Teen Health Mississippi is working to lower those statistics. We believe all teens in Mississippi deserve access to high-quality sex education and youth-friendly healthcare to attain their highest level of health.

Our team works in partnership with Mississippi youth in hopes of fulfilling that vision. Our work falls primarily within three domains:

  • Policy and Advocacy—We engage youth advocates and community stakeholders to increase awareness of important policies relating to youth sexual health and champion such policies at state, local, and organizational levels.
  • Training and 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 and Initiatives—We support the implementation of programs and strategies that are informed by research and best practices to target risk and protective factors that influence youth and teen sexual health.

We are an organization dedicated to ensuring access to research-based sex education and making healthcare youth-friendly in Mississippi. We know if we successfully serve and partner with youth, everyone benefits. Youth serve on our board of directors, drive our programming, and act as advisors when developing new training and resources.

Learn more about our organization, including its history and mission, vision, and guiding principles.

Media Kit

The media kit includes up-to-date background information about Teen Health Mississippi, including our work, team, organization history, frequently asked questions and more.

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Press Releases

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Staff Biographies

Download the PDF document to read biographies for our key staff members, including:

  • Executive Director Hope L. Crenshaw, PhD
  • Deputy Director, Josh McCawley
  • Director of Education & Training, Monica Coleman
  • Director of Youth Engagement & Advocacy, Justin Lofton
  • Focus4Teens Project Coordinator, Whitney S. French, LSW
  • Pregnancy Assistance Fund Coordinator, Anupria Davenport

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Reach Out

For all press inquiries, please reach out to Amber Helsel, our director of communications, at amber@teenhealthms.org with your inquiry or for general quotes related to our work at Teen Health Mississippi. From there, we can connect you with the appropriate information, resources and point of contact for your needs.