|Community Colleges and Contraception|
by Emily Bridges, Director of Public Information Services
There was an interesting article on CNN about access to reproductive health care services at community colleges.
Says the author:
In South Carolina, for example, only 6 percent of two-year schools have on-site health centers. This compares with 85 percent of four-year schools in that state.
Plus, according to the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance system, over 60% of teens in 12th grade have ever had sex - that is, the majority of young people who are about to enter college have already had sex. It's clear that students at many community colleges could benefit from better contraceptive supplies and services. But that takes money, which with the higher student load, is scarce. Reproductive health is just one more reason why community colleges need more funding from lawmakers.
Preparing young people for a healthy future includes helping them protect their sexual health and prevent pregnancies they don't want. Birth control IS preventive medicine, and it's really high time we acknowledged that at every level of society.
In the meantime, the Great American Condom Campaign has over 80 SafeSites at community colleges: instances where because condom availability on campus is low, students have volunteered to distribute free condoms to their peers. If you attend a community college and are interested in becoming a Great American Condom Campaign SafeSite, sign up for our mailing list (top right) or check back in about 2 months when applications open again. Or check out this list of how students, teachers, and administrators at community colleges can contribute to improving contraceptive access on their campuses.