Ohio PREP Region 9 :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Ohio Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Region 9

The Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) is a statewide initiative aimed to reduce teen pregnancy, HIV and sexually transmitted infections in the state of Ohio for youth 14-19 years of age residing in foster care and the juvenile justice systems.   

The Ohio PREP Statewide Initiative is funded by The Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Service Bureau and administered by the Ohio Department of Health Office of Health Improvement and Wellness, Bureau of Maternal, Child and Family Health, School and Adolescent Health Program.


How does PREP work?

The Ohio PREP utilizes a train the trainer model consisting of three steps:

  1. Ohio Department of Health trains sub grantees staff as PREP Master Trainers
  2. PREP Master Trainers train direct care staff who work with foster care and incarcerated youth as PREP Instructors
  3. PREP Instructors provide PREP workshops to youth residing in foster care or the juvenile justice system.

The PREP Instructor Training is two days (12 hours). When an agency staff completes the PREP Instructor Training they are eligible to conduct PREP youth workshops. 

PREP is conducted throughout the state of Ohio. The state is divided into 9 different regions. Region 9 is made of the following 9 counties: Morrow, Knox, Union, Delaware, Franklin, Pickaway, Madison, Licking and Fairfield.

What topics do we cover and curriculum being used?

Reducing the Risk (RTR), the evidenced-based curriculum, is the foundation for the pregnancy, HIV and sexually transmitted disease prevention education curriculum.

Other topics include:

  • Healthy relationships, such as positive self-esteem and relationship dynamics, friendships, dating, romantic involvement, marriage and family interactions
  • Financial literacy
  • Educational and career success, such as developing skills for employment preparation, job seeking, independent living, financial self-sufficiency and work place productivity

Who can participate?

Youth must be between the ages of 14 and 19 and reside in a foster care, juvenile justice facility, independent living, or group home and or be linked with the children’s services or the judicial system.

Where are workshops held?

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Region 9 PREP conducts PREP youth workshops in Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Madison, Morrow, Pickaway and Union counties.

What agencies are eligible to participate?

Agencies are eligible to participate in the PREP program if they are a foster care agency, juvenile justice facility, agencies that provide services to youth on parole, independent living, group homes and other agencies linked to the judicial system or children services.

If you are not sure if your agency is eligible, please contact us.

Contact Us

For additional information, contact Tammy Derden, Region 9 Project Manager, at (614) 355-0658.

Visit the Meet Our Team page to contact other team members. 

PREP MapFunded by The Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Service Bureau and Administered by the Ohio Department of Health Office of Health Improvement and Wellness, Bureau of Maternal, Child and Family Health, School and Adolescent Health Program.

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