Health Centers

As a health center, you play a key role in South Carolina. Achieving reductions in teen pregnancy rates takes a sustained commitment and investment in our young people.  In order to accomplish this goal, please consider the following actions:

Provide adolescent-friendly care.

  • Is your health center teen friendly? Find out by using our clinical best practice checklist in our Online Learning Center (OLC).
  • Bundle services by integrating positive sexual health messages across areas.  For example, during sports physicals ask about sexual history and connect the patient to services if needed.
  • Provide low cost (or free) condoms and multiple methods of contraception for youth.
  • Make sure your staff is trained to work with diverse groups of teens and uses inclusive language such as “partner” instead of “boy/girlfriend.”

Increase awareness through marketing.

  • Teens are tech savvy. Use online advertisements, websites, and social media networks to get youth connected to your services. Directing teens to is a great way to get started. The website features a birth control comparison tool and health center locator.
  • Teens want to hear from their peers. Use word of mouth marketing by encouraging youth who visit your health center to refer their friends.
  • Promote your health services through positive sexual health awareness events: World AIDS Day, National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Safe Spring Break Week, National Condom Week, STD Awareness Month, etc.

Prioritize older youth.

  • Partner with two-year colleges and colleges with no health services. In 2008, nearly 20,000 18-19 year olds attended a South Carolina technical college with no health center on campus.1
  • Collaborate with adult education programs and community-based organizations that serve older youth who may not have health services. Create a referral system for your health center.
  • Deliver your health center’s brochures to these locations and ask them to share your services with young people


Learn about the issue and  how teen pregnancy affects young people in your county.

  1. Kershner, S. & Flynn, S. (2009) Population Left Behind: An Assessment of Sexual Health Information and Services Provided by South Carolina Colleges and Universities. Columbia, SC: South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.