Winston-Salem State University has received a $400,000 grant to support an evidence-based program designed to reduce teen pregnancy in Montgomery County, N.C.
The study, a partnership between WSSU and Montgomery County schools, is directed at middle school students and is funded by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative. The first cohort will begin in August 2014 and continue over the next four years.
"The after-school program, entitled Draw the Line, Respect the Line, is a three-part health intervention designed for middle school students," said Kineka Hull, director of academic services in the WSSU School of Health Sciences, instructor in the school's healthcare management program and principal investigator for the grant. "The program encourages youth to practice abstinence, delay having sexual relationships, reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases and prevent pregnancy. We also will emphasize the development of skills needed to set personal and sexual limits."