Health Education & Promotion

Sexual Health Education Program Offerings

Health Education Risk Reduction Services

Health Education and Risk Reduction Services provides substance use disorder treatment facilities in Kent County with free communicable disease prevention education for their clients. Substance use disorder treatment providers may schedule group educational classes for their clients on the prevention of tuberculosis, HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and viral hepatitis. Clients will learn how infections are transmitted, identified, treated and prevented.

To schedule classes contact:

Tracy Fahner | Tracy.Fahner@kentcountymi.gov | (616) 632-7271

Reducing the Risk

Reducing the Risk (RTR) is a curriculum designed to reduce the rate of teenage pregnancy and exposure to sexually transmitted diseases. RTR has been chosen as an effective evidence-based program by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Campaign to Prevent Pregnancy. Targeted to youth between the ages of 14 and 18, the 16-session curriculum focuses on delaying or reducing the frequency of intercourse and increasing the use of contraception and condoms. RTR is intended to supplement pre-existing health and sexual education curricula. 

Topics covered include:

  • An overview of STDs, HIV, abstinence and birth control methods
  • How to obtain and use contraception
  • Risks and consequences of sexual activity
  • Decision making, negotiation and refusal skills
  • Tactics to prevent & delay sexual activity
  • Strategies to strengthen parent-child communication

Tracy Fahner | Tracy.Fahner@kentcountymi.gov | (616) 632-7271