Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is announcing that Catholic Medical Center’s (CMC) Leadership in Abstinence Education Program (LAEP) has received national recognition for its work in abstinence education from the National Abstinence Education Foundation. The Outstanding Achievement Award for Building State Support for Abstinence Education in New Hampshire was recently presented to LAEP Program Coordinator Nancy Malo.
“Kids today are faced with so many choices that can put them at risk,” said DHHS Public Health Director Dr Jose Montero. “CMC’s LAEP has been instrumental in providing our youth with accurate abstinence education tools that, as part of a comprehensive strategy, will help them make healthy safe choices during a critical time of their lives.”
DHHS has been working collaboratively with CMC since 2006 to establish a teacher training and leadership center that would increase sexual abstinence until marriage through state wide delivery of evidenced based, skill based, standardized education in junior and senior high schools. The LAEP is now serving every county in New Hampshire. The partnership between the two organizations has generated interest from other states that are hoping to duplicate this unique model.