The Alabama Personal Responsibility Education Program (APREP) is a federally funded program of the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families and managed by ADPH's Bureau of Family Health Services, Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Branch.
APREP provides funding to five community-based projects to educate adolescents ages 13 to 19 years on both abstinence and contraception to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS, as well as adulthood preparation topics.
The goal of APREP is to prevent pregnancy and the acquisition of STIs among Alabama youth through implementation of effective, evidence-based programming in order to promote successful transition to young adulthood. This evidence-based programming will equip youth to resist sexual risk behaviors and to make choices that will promote better health and well-being as they mature into young adulthood.
State Personal Responsibility Education Program
Signed into law on March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amended Title V of the Social Security Act to include a new formula grant program entitled the Personal Responsibility Education Program. Funds must be used for a program designed to educate youth on both abstinence and contraception to prevent pregnancy and STIs, including HIV/AIDS, as well as at least three adulthood preparation topics. In Alabama, the adulthood topics are:
- Healthy relationships, such as positive self-esteem and relationship dynamics, friendships, dating, romantic involvement, marriage, and family interactions;
- Adolescent development, such as the development of healthy attitudes and values about adolescent growth and development, body image, racial and ethnic diversity, and other related subjects;
- Healthy life skills, such as goal-setting, decision making, negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills, and stress management.
ADPH made these funds available for community organizations through a competitive selection process. The organizations had to identify high risk youth and local partnerships through which they would deliver programming. The following organizations are current grant recipients:
- Tuscaloosa County Health Department
- Emerge Community Solutions
- Dallas County Children's Policy Council
- Decatur Youth Services
Please contact the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Branch for additional information, or contact the community programs directly.
Page last updated: April 11, 2017