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Arkansas Abstinence Education Program

11,739 youth were served through the Arkansas Abstinence Education Program during the funding period from October 1, 2015-September 30, 2016.  The Arkansas Abstinence Education Program is a statewide abstinence education program targeting youth 12-19 years of age. Healthy Connections, Inc. (HCI) received the grant award in July of 2011. HCI serves youth in Polk County at Mena Middle School. The Arkansas Abstinence Education Program is funded through the Arkansas Department of Health under the Federal Title V Funds.

The following list and map are sites funded through Title V under the direction of Healthy Connections:

  • Healthy Connections, Inc. (Polk County)
  • Prevention Education Programs, Inc. (PEP) (Arkansas, Prairie and Monroe Counties)
  • Prim n Proper/Choosing to Excel (Conway, Faulkner, Garland and Pulaski Counties)
  • Reality Check, Inc. (Benton, Carroll, Washington, Crawford, Newton, Madison, Franklin and Johnson Counties)

“Choosing the Best”, the evidence based curriculum approved for use by the Arkansas Department of Health, is used for all students. The curriculum uses a combination of video vignettes, medically accurate information and hands on activities teaching the students the risks involved with being sexually active. The Curriculum also focuses on understanding the need for boundaries, learning how to “set, say and show” their own personal boundaries. All sites are required to provide 14 hours of abstinence education curriculum to the students enrolled in the program.

For more information call Healthy Connections, Inc. at 479-437-3449 ext. 134.