Federal Guidance

The purpose of the federally funded Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) is to:

  • Educate youth on both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS
  • Educate adolescents on at least three adulthood preparation subjects and life skills
  • Replicate evidence-based effective program models
  • Target youth ages 10-19

Statutory Authority

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, Title V, Section 513

Iowa HHS is the administrator of Iowa's PREP funding and awards contracts to community-based organizations and agencies school districts to deliver PREP programming. Local contractors deliver programs in multiple high risk counties in Iowa. IDPH Iowa HHS underwent a rigorous prioritization process that looked at a number of indicators related to teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and vulnerable populations to determine which counties would be targeted to receive programming. Agencies then proposed to deliver PREP, through a competitive selection process, in the identified high risk counties.

PREP Goals

  • Goal 1
    Delay the onset of sexual activity and reduce the rate of pregnancy, birth and STIs, including HIV/AIDS, to high risk, vulnerable and sexually active youth (ages 10-19) in high risk communities across Iowa.
  • Goal 2
    Empower Iowa youth to make healthy decisions and positive choices regarding sexual behavior as they prepare for successful adulthood.
  • Goal 3
    Increase prevention capacity and infrastructure at the state and community levels to deliver and sustain effective evidence-based services.

PREP contractors implement one of two evidence-based and evidence-informed teen pregnancy prevention programs to youth in their area based on community need and input.