What is PREP?
The Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) aims to reduce teen pregnancies and their negative consequences, as well as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and associated risk behaviors. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (C-UPHD) receives grant funding for the PREP program.
PREP programs are expected to (1) be evidence-based, (2) provide education on both abstinence and contraceptive use, and (3) educate youth on at least three of six adulthood preparation topics. States are also encouraged to target their programming to high-risk populations, such as youth residing in geographic areas with high teen birth rates, adjudicated youth, youth in foster care, minority youth, and pregnant or parenting teens.
Congress authorized PREP as part of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). PREP is administered by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).