Morehouse coming to Fairmont to discuss teen pregnancy

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Representatives from the Morehouse College School of Medicine will be presenting a program at Thursday’s Educational Prosperity Initiative meeting on teen pregnancy.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m., at the Fairmont Community Center, 242 Blanton St., Griffin, and is open to the public. The title of the program is “Replicating Evidenced Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs to Scale in Communities With the Greatest Need.”

The program is the result of a grant received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and coordinated through the Office of Adolescent Health. Local providers implementing the program will also be participating in the presentation, according to EPI Chairperson Jewell Walker-Harps.

“This is an attempt to provide information to the entire community of services and programs available and designed to help combat the serious problem of teenage pregnancy” in many communities, Walker-Harps said. “We plan and struggle to identify aspects of a healthy community. This issue rates high on the list.”

According to Cynthia Tidwell, president of the Spalding Collaborative Authority for Families & Children, “this topic has come to the floor of the group many times and that we have also received a presentation from another group, however, this is the first time that the EPI or parent body has shared the presentation with the community.”

Tidwell firmly pointed out that the Collaborative is not a provider of services but serves as a facilitator. EPI is an affiliate of the Collaborative.

Following the regular meeting, Thursday, there will be a conference session with staff of the Griffin-Spalding School System, Spalding County Collaborative Executive Committee and invited Health Committee chairs, Walker-Harps said.

“The Educational Prosperity Committee urges the public to attend the regular meeting,” she said.

Griffin Daily News
September 30,2015