Governor's Talk Early Talk Often Parent Education Initiative Continues Into 2008

Contact: James McCurtis, Jr. (517) 241-2112
Agency: Community Health

December 28, 2007

The nationally recognized Talk Early & Talk Often parent education initiative aimed at helping parents of middle school youth talk with their child about abstinence and sexuality is once again available to any parent group in the school, community, health care or church setting. The free 90-minute workshop is aimed at helping parents recognize opportunities to open the door for conversation, listening, and responding with greater confidence and skill.

"The Governor recognizes that parents are the primary abstinence and sexuality educators of their children," said Project Coordinator Barbara Flis. "Continued communication at home is vital in helping our young people avoid sexual relationships they are not yet prepared for that may have serious consequences including pregnancy, HIV and sexually transmitted infections."

In the fall of 2005, a pilot program was held in 60 communities across Michigan. Talk Early & Talk Often has received high praise from parents, educators and community leaders. The program continues to be implemented statewide.

For more information on hosting a Talk Early & Talk Often workshop, please go to www.michigan.gov/miparentresources or contact Barbara Flis, Talk Early & Talk Often Coordinator at teto@michigan.gov or 248-538-7786.