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Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention

While adolescent pregnancy rates in Buncombe County have decreased substantially over the past decade, it remains an important concern in our community. Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) works with many community partners to increase awareness, share resources and make it easier for parents to find information they need.

Community Outreach

Community outreach efforts address preconception health, including teen and unplanned pregnancy and STD prevention. We are working with community partners in Buncombe County, including the school systems, to improve preconception health through a community health improvement process.

Additionally Health and Human Services, along with strategic community partners are working together to implement Making Proud Choices!, an evidence-based program that provides youth with the knowledge, confidence, and skills necessary to reduce their risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV, and pregnancy.

For more information or to become involved, please contact Deborah Gentry at (828) 250-5322, or by email at

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention in Buncombe County and Asheville City Schools

The Asheville City and Buncombe County School systems provide instruction in reproductive health and safety according to the NC Healthful Living Essential Standards. The curriculum begins with growth and development instruction in the 4th grade and continues with instruction that builds on the prior year, concluding in the 9th grade.

The BC HHS school nurses collaborate with the schools to provide growth and development education in the school systems.

For more information regarding the healthful living curriculum, contact coordinators in our school systems:
Buncombe County Schools: Debbie Bryant, Healthful Living Coordinator,, Asheville City Schools:  Michele Lemell, Healthful Living & Safe Schools Coordinator,

Growth and Development
Buncombe County Schools
Asheville City Schools

Information for parents and guardians

We acknowledge that parents/guardians are the best and primary educators of sexual matters for their children. Here are some helpful resources.

Communication Guidelines for Parents and Caregivers

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Links and Resources:

National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy:
Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of North Carolina:
I Wanna Know (a resource from the American Social Health Association):
Center for Disease Control
Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Fact Sheets:
Adolescent Reproductive Health:
Information for Teens on healthy relationships and pregnancy prevention:

Statistics on teen pregnancy:
Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of North Carolina:
National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy: