Teen Health Mississippi Hires Executive Director

Jackson, MS—Teen Health Mississippi is excited to announce the selection of Dr. Hope L. Crenshaw to serve as Executive Director. Dr. Crenshaw will officially join the team in her new role on May 15, 2018. The Teen Health Mississippi advisory board, with the generous help of a volunteer search committee, led the search process.

“With Hope’s selection, Teen Health Mississippi takes its next step in becoming a stand-alone teen health organization. Hope has been a great asset to our team over the past eighteen months in her role as Director of Education and Training, and we are excited to support her in this new position as Executive Director,” said Marni von Wilpert, Chair of the Teen Health Mississippi Advisory Board.

Hope L. Crenshaw is a native of Crenshaw, Mississippi. She graduated from M.S. Palmer High School in Marks, Mississippi, before receiving her B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Hope also received her M.A. in Sociology from Minnesota State University—Mankato. After six Minnesota winters, she returned to the warmth of the Mississippi Delta and served as a high school English and Social Studies instructor for four years at M.S. Palmer. During this time, she earned her Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi. Determined to learn more about equity and serving underserved communities, Hope pursued and completed her Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana—Champaign, with a focus on equity and data-driven decision-making.

Hope has served as the Director of Education and Training at Teen Health Mississippi since October 2016. As Director of Education and Training, she led the Mississippi Sex Education Training Cadre, a 15-member team of professional trainers who provide workshops to current and future sex educators. She also designed training modules to build healthy youth-adult interactions and developed relationships with Mississippi community leaders, school districts, colleges/universities, and faith leaders to rally their support for youth sexual and reproductive health.

Dr. Hope Crenshaw states, “I am excited about this new opportunity and challenge. My years of education and work experience paired with my dedication and commitment to the state of Mississippi have prepared me for my new role. I look forward to continuing to bring resources and knowledge to underserved communities to support the overall health and wellness of youth.”

Teen Health Mississippi is dedicated to partnering with young people to provide sustainable and holistic sexual health programs and services for youth in schools, healthcare clinics, and communities across the state. Teen Health Mississippi engages youth advocates and community stakeholders to champion important policies at state, local, and organizational levels that improve teen sexual health.

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Meet MYCouncil Member – Kally Xu

We are continuing features on our Mississippi Youth Council (MYCouncil) members. MYCouncil is made up of 10 passionate youth activists from across Mississippi that support and promote high-quality comprehensive sex education for all young people. They work to ensure that young people have a voice in the debate around what gets taught in Mississippi schools. Follow MYCouncil on Facebook.

MYCouncil 2017 Application

The 2017-2018 application process closed on June 1, 2017. We are no longer accepting MYCouncil applications.

On March 1, 2017, the Mississippi Youth Council (MYCouncil) released their application for their 4th class of passionate youth activists. MYCouncil is made up of 10 youth from across Mississippi that support and promote high-quality comprehensive sex education for all young people.

Meet MYCouncil Member -Jefferson Davis

We are continuing features on our Mississippi Youth Council (MYCouncil) members. MYCouncil is made up of 10 passionate youth activists from across Mississippi that support and promote high-quality comprehensive sex education for all young people. They work to ensure that young people have a voice in the debate around what gets taught in Mississippi schools. Follow MYCouncil on Facebook.

Meet MS Sex Education Training Cadre Member – Meg Hayden

The Mississippi Sex Education Training Cadre is a statewide training cadre comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience working with a variety of different populations and communities. The goal of this statewide cadre of trainers is to increase the capacity and comfort of sexual health educators throughout Mississippi, particularly in our CHART communities, so that they have the core skills and content knowledge to teach high-quality sex education.

Meet MYCouncil Member -Triuna Taylor

We are continuing features on our Mississippi Youth Council (MYCouncil) members. MYCouncil is made up of 10 passionate youth activists from across Mississippi that support and promote high-quality comprehensive sex education for all young people. They work to ensure that young people have a voice in the debate around what gets taught in Mississippi schools. Follow MYCouncil on Facebook.

Meet Teen Health Mississippi’s Emily Feher

Over the next few months, we will be running features on Teen Health Mississippi’s staff and partners. Teen Health Mississippi is the only organization that partners with young people to provide sustainable and holistic sexual health programs and services for youth in schools, clinics, and communities across the state. Visit our website.

Meet MYCouncil Member-Courtney Simmons

Over the next few months, we will be running features on our Mississippi Youth Council (MYCouncil) members. MYCouncil is made up of 10 passionate youth activists from across Mississippi that support and promote high-quality comprehensive sex education for all young people. They work to ensure that young people have a voice in the debate around what gets taught in Mississippi schools. Follow MYCouncil on Facebook.

MSF Announces Focus4Teens Counties

Mississippi First recently received a $3,072,999.75 5-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Reproductive Health for the Focused Pregnancy Prevention for Mississippi Teens (Focus4Teens) project. Focus4Teens will develop the capacity of health center partners through a comprehensive training and technical assistance program to provide youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services and increase the number of youth accessing and receiving these services by working with youth-serving partners. Referral systems will be developed to link vulnerable youth to care and to increase awareness of health services in the community. Mississippi First will be working with partners in Coahoma County, Quitman County, and Tunica County.

MSF Receives $3M Grant for Focus4Teens

 

Mississippi First Receives $3M Grant for Focused Pregnancy Prevention for Mississippi Teens Program

Jackson, MS—Mississippi First received a $3,072,999.75 5-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Reproductive Health for the Focused Pregnancy Prevention for Mississippi Teens (Focus4Teens) project. Mississippi First is one of three organizations nationally that was awarded funding for this five-year cooperative agreement (DP15-1508: Working with Publicly Funded Health Centers to Reduce Teen Pregnancy among Vulnerable Populations). Focus4Teens will expand access to and use of youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services for vulnerable youth ages 15-19 in regions in Mississippi with high teen birth rates. This grant will have a huge impact on teen health in Mississippi.