State Alliance for Adolescent Sexual Health Releases “Call to Action Resource Document”

The State Alliance for Adolescent Sexual Health in South Carolina (SAASH) recently released a new report, the Call to Action Resource Document, which challenges school leaders, health care providers, policy makers and parents to work together to take immediate action to improve the sexual health and well-being of South Carolina’s youth.

SAASH, a multidisciplinary team of health professionals, non-profit representatives, and community leaders, issued the “call to action” to seek major changes in the way our state addresses the sexual health and well-being of our youth.

Dr. Lee Pearson, director of operations for the SC Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH), served on the committee which drafted the report.

“This document highlights with powerful clarity the myriad of challenges that face our youth and the impact of those challenges on their health—especially their sexual health,” said Pearson.  “Beyond that essential purpose, this document points to opportunities to improve the context and broader determinants of health affecting our youth, and that mission should be a shared priority for us all.”

The report makes several specific recommendations, including:

  • Uniform implementation of the Comprehensive Health Education Act (CHEA), passed by the South Carolina legislature in 1988 but never fully implemented nor monitored;
  • Investment in comprehensive, age-appropriate, medically accurate, evidence-based sexual health education;
  • An increase in the number of teen-friendly clinics to improve access to testing and screening for youth;
  • Relevant professional development for teachers responsible for providing instruction in reproductive and sexual health.

Download the Call to Action Resource Document from the SAASH website.

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