Free Workshops Underway for MDCH's Talk Early Talk Often Parent Education Initiative

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

September 7, 2010

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 Michigan Department of Community Health's 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.

"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."

Talk Early & Talk Often has received high praise from parents, educators and community leaders. The program continues to be implemented statewide. The deadline to request a workshop for the 2010-2011 school year is Sept. 15, 2010. For information on hosting or to request a workshop, go to, email at or call Talk Early Talk Often coordinator, Barbara Flis at 248-538-7786.