Teen Health

Helping parents and kids navigate the teen years

Free teen health programs

At Prisma Health, we offer free teen health programs, designed to help teens get through a challenging time in life. We want to give you the information you need to help make good choices toward a bright future.

Our team is available to provide Teen Talk sessions to your community group or organization. To see if Teen Talk may be coming to your area, call 803-296-CARE (2273) for more information or email us.

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About Teen Talk
Teen Talk

Teen Talk is a weekly youth development program for middle and high school students held during each participating school’s lunch period. Lunch is provided for Teen Talk participants.

Our program is a standard abstinence-based program. Community advocates use an approved youth development curriculum developed by a national adolescent health research organization. Watch video »

Our curriculum allows open discussion of youth-related topics including self-esteem, personal and family values, decision-making, communication, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, personal responsibility and accountability. Teen Talk is available in 32 Richland and Lexington county schools.

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Our programs

Freshman Focus

Teen pregnancy is a major concern for older teenagers. Prisma Health partners with local colleges to implement a college-based sexual health workshop called Freshman Focus. This 50-minute session provides accurate information to college freshmen on healthy relationships, signs and symptoms of sexually-transmitted diseases, and the appropriate use of contraceptive methods to protect against STDs and unintended pregnancy.


Parents are the most important influencers on their children’s health and decisions about sex. Recognizing this fact, our Maternal and Child Health Initiative offers free quarterly parenting sessions on puberty, communication, healthy relationships, Internet safety, drugs and alcohol and other related topics. ParenTeen sessions are free, and held for one hour at Prisma Health. Lunch is included. Sign up for monthly newsletters to stay informed about upcoming sessions at TeenTalk@PalmettoHealth.org.

Community Teen Talk sessions

We also are available to provide Teen Talk sessions to your community group or organization. To see if Teen Talk is coming to your area, call 803-296-CARE (2273).

Trumpeter: A new tune to help keep teens from smoking.

The Trumpeter campaign aims to educate and raise awareness of the dangers of smoking and for a special contest.

TrumpeterTrained speakers are available from February through May to provide free in-school presentations or an educational video can be provided for viewing. For more information about the program or to set up a free presentation at your school or organization, call 803-296-3070 or email Trumpeter@PalmettoHealth.org.

Our educational and awareness programs begin in February. Schools currently participating in the Teen Talk program will learn details about the Trumpeter Campaign from their community advocates. Schools not participating in Teen Talk will be offered a one-time assembly to sixth-grade students. Trained speakers will deliver the tobacco prevention message to students utilizing the CDC's MediaSharp curriculum. The presentation involves active student participation and a video addressing the powerful effect that media has on a young person's decision to use or not to use tobacco products.

More than 23,000 sixth-grade students have participated since the Trumpeter Campaign began in 1998, illustrating the success we have had in getting local students to start thinking about the relationship of tobacco, advertising and cancer.

Request a program

To request a Teen Talk program, return or fax our Service Request Form to the following address:

Maternal and Child Health Initiative
Office of Community Health 
Prisma Health
Post Office Box 2266
Columbia, SC 29202-2266
Fax: 803-296-3777

Prisma Health Office of Community Health Maternal and Child Health Initiative also reserves the right to decline requests and conduct site visits. If you have questions, please email or call Talarria Jackson at 803-296-3764.