- Two external resource links were removed due to website URL’s no longer being active.
- On September 10, a new application called Abortion Finder was released by a national site. We discovered that several of the resources to which we linked on our site, contained this new application. Knowing Idaho’s policies and laws, the content was not appropriate, and those links were removed.
We are reviewing and updating all links on our site that go to external resources and we expect that there will be more and ongoing changes.
All views and opinions expressed on external sites do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of this health district.
To decrease teen pregnancies in Idaho, the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (APP) program aims to provide youth and their parents/caregivers with access to sexual health education. Studies show that sexual health education helps teens delay sexual activity, use condoms and birth control correctly, avoid sexually transmitted diseases, and prevent pregnancy.
Unplanned teen pregnancies cost Idaho taxpayers approximately 39 million dollars a year in Medicaid, foster care, and incarceration. These figures are not surprising given that children born from teen pregnancies often have poorer mental and physical health compared to children born from planned pregnancies.
Teens and parents are encouraged to visit https://idahoteenpregnancy.com/ to learn more about saying no, STDs, birth control, teen pregnancy facts and much more.
Reducing the Risk (RTR) School Curriculum
Public Health – Idaho North Central District is looking for schools interested in implementing the Reducing the Risk (RTR) curriculum. RTR is a skills-based curriculum developed by ETR Associates. It is designed to help teens prevent pregnancy and the transmission of STDs, including HIV.
The RTR curriculum helps teens to:
- Evaluate the risks and consequences of becoming an adolescent parent or becoming infected with HIV or another STD.
- Recognize that abstaining from sexual activity or using contraception are the only ways to avoid pregnancy, HIV infection, and other STDs.
- Conclude that factual information about conception and protection is essential for avoiding teenage pregnancy, HIV infection and other STDs.
- Demonstrate effective communication skills for remaining abstinent and for avoiding unprotected sexual intercourse.