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Who's Who in Teen Pregnancy Prevention?

People throughout the​ Department of Human Services are sharing resources and working together to reduce teen pregnancy.

Here are some highlights:

Prevention programs

  • In offices in larger communities, workers are assigned to teen parent caseloads. Multnomah County efforts include weekly visits with first-time moms, part of a national research project.

  • Contact: Belit Burke - 503-947-5389, email: belit.burke@state.or.us
  • My Future-My Choice, a comprehensive sexual health education program for sixth and seventh grade students.
    Contact: Sandra Harms - 503-945-6134, email: sharms@state.or.us 

Public health

  • A full-time adolescent pregnancy prevention coordinator.
    Contact: Jessica Duke 971-673-0242, e-mail: jessica.duke@state.or.us

Mental health

  • The Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services provides some service through county mental health systems, contracts with Oregon Health Plan providers, mental health organizations and select other contractors.
    Contact: 503-945-5763

Office of Medical Assistance Programs

Child welfare

  • Foster parents and case workers address family planning, sexuality and contraception as appropriate with teens and parents.
  • Curriculum in the office's Independent Living Program, for youth becoming emancipated, includes family planning, sexuality, esteem-building.