Illustration of a teacher in front of a chalkboard with the words "Georgia Personal Responsibility Education Program" written on it

Personal Responsibility Education in Georgia

by Claire Miller

After being signed into law in 2010, the Affordable Care Act established the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), which enables states to distribute grant funding to public and private agencies educating high-risk teens and youth on both abstinence and contraception in preventing unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS.

So, how is Georgia implementing PREP?

Thanks to funding from the Georgia Department of Human Services, Professor Emerita and Principal Investigator Sheryl Gowen, Associate Professor Janice Fournillier and four graduate students evaluated Georgia PREP programs at seven community-based organizations and eight public health agencies across eight different counties as they completed their fourth year of funding.

Gowen, Fournillier and team found that Georgia PREP met or exceeded 90 percent of its goals in its fourth year, building capacity at 16 organizations implementing evidence-based personal responsibility curriculum.

Moving forward, they recommend these organizations offer incentives for youth participation and parental engagement, and encourage Georgia PREP state coordinators to review reports from local agencies monthly to identify and address any issues that may come up in offering this programming to students.