Plain Talk began in 1994 as a neighborhood-based, family-centered initiative designed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to reduce teen pregnancy and the transmission of STDs in the adolescent population. Plain Talk, also known as Hablando Claro (Spanish for "plain talk"), is a unique program that focuses on increasing the quantity and quality of adult/teen communication about adolescent reproductive health issues while simultaneously working with providers to increase access to age-appropriate reproductive health services and resources for teens.

In November 2008, PHMC became the lead agency for the Plain Talk National Replication Center, at which time the program underwent a strategic planning process to improve the program model and data collection efforts. In 2010, PHMC received a 5-year Personal Responsibility Education and Innovative Strategies award from the federal Administration for Children & Families’ – Family and Youth Services Bureau to implement and evaluate Plain Talk Philadelphia in two North Philadelphia communities.

For more information about Plain Talk, contact:

Vanessa Briggs
Program Director
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