Adolescent Wellness Programs
The Adolescent Wellness Program staff networks with public and private groups, community organizations, and youth to provide training and technical assistance relating to adolescent development. These include the following:
Hawaii’s Adolescent Wellness Plan: Laulima In Action Framework for statewide adolescent wellness strategic plan developed by the Hawaii Adolescent Wellness Team in 1997. Laulima is also the framework for teen pregnancy prevention in Hawaii.
Abstinence Grant The Boys and Girls Club implements the nationally recognized “Smart Moves” curriculum in four sites. This curricula targets 9-12 year old youth through resistance skill education, peer mentoring, family/significant adult and community-based activities to support the program.
High and Middle School Surveys In collaboration with Department of Education (DOE) and other Department of Health(DOH) branches, the Hawaii School Health Survey Committee supports the implementation of adolescent population based surveys to monitor risk behaviors that contribute to mortality, morbidity and social problems among youth.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Training In partnership with Department of Human Services (DHS) through the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) funds, MCHB provides oversight of DHS contracts with the University of Hawaii for teen pregnancy prevention training for K-12 grade teachers, counselors, and administrators; the DOE’s Peer Education Program teachers and middle and high school students; and the Parent and Child Education Program (PACE) for elementary students and their parents through a puppet show and interactive activities.