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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

By: Crystal Booker, Copywriter

The SC Campaign’s South Carolina Adolescent Reproductive Health Leadership Institute (SCARHLI), held an intimate conference at the Marriot in Columbia, SC just before the July 4th holiday weekend.  The institute brought together teen pregnancy prevention professionals from eleven health centers in SC to brainstorm ways to encourage access to quality reproductive health services for adolescents in their communities.  Led by Rena Dixon, Health Services Coordinator at the SC Campaign, the event gave attendees a chance to bond over the challenges and triumphs they have experienced over the past few months.

For Dominique Speaks, Family Nurse Practitioner at Hope Health, the institute was an insightful learning experience.  “There are different outlets you can take to reach teens,” said Speaks. “I enjoyed hearing about CareSouth with their art show and their Teen Scene and learning about the organization in Darlington that’s doing the condom access sites.”   

Over the coming months, teams will participate in three learning sessions and maintain regular contact with Institute Faculty through email, conference calls, and site visits.  This will provide an opportunity for each organization to share progress, setbacks and opportunities for improvement.  All conversations are geared towards sharing best practices in order to propel each organization forward in their teen pregnancy prevention efforts.

Successes shared during the event stretched beyond teen pregnancy and into STD/STI prevention as well. “Yes we’re trying to prevent pregnancy through the insertion of LARCs, but we’re trying to prevent,” said Speaks. “We’re trying to prevent STIs and the condom distribution sites actually help on the male side of things.” 

For more information about SCARHLI, please email Rena Dixon at

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