Preventing Teen Pregnancy with ACR Health


Onondaga County has a significant teen pregnancy problem and one organization is working to combat the problem and educate teens on pregnancy and prevention.  

Teen pregnancy rates per 1,000 are some of the highest in Upstate New York, according to ACR Health. Program Supervisor Diane Kuklinski and Educator Shelby Cusson are working locally to combat the issue in Central New York.

“We have a great adolescent pregnancy prevention program that serve youth, 10 to 21 and teach them how make better choices today and tomorrow,” Diane said. “We hope that once they have this information that they will be able to make informed decisions when they are ready,” she added.

ACR Health is working to provide comprehensive, evidence-based sexual health education through their own programs. Be Proud! Be Responsible! Is an example of one of those programs, Shelby said.

They are also working to appeal to caregivers and parents in the hopes that they can have healthy conversations without shaming them, Diane said.

ACR Health is also collaborating with Planned Parenthood of Central and Western NY, Reach CNY, and Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility to provide accurate information about sexual and reproductive health care and local family planning services to be made available to teens through web-based platforms and public service announcements; and the development of a Healthy Teens Coalition.

ACR Health’s adolescent pregnancy prevention program is hosting an open house on Monday, May 13 from 5 to 7pm on Hiawatha Blvd. West in Syracuse. To learn more call (315) 475-2430 or visit

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