The TAPP medical program is a collaboration between Jefferson County Public Schools, the Louisville Metro Health Department, and the University of Louisville School of Medicine and School of Nursing. Medical doctors, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners, and Registered Nurses teach, assist and monitor the young women and their babies, daily. This includes information regarding the benefits of breastfeeding, instructional assistance and support once the baby arrives. Family planning and birth control information are presented to students for future planning to help prevent future unplanned pregnancies. A Women, Infants and Children (WIC) clinic also provides students with nutritional information during their pregnancy and after the baby is born (“Medical Component”).
The rising rates of teen pregnancy, in the state of Kentucky, is a serious concern. These teens have a more difficult time continuing their education with the added challenges of pregnancy and motherhood. In Louisville, the TAPP program at Westport Alternative High School was developed to assist these students.
The program not only provides academic assistance, but also an on site medical center, child care facility and other social services students can utilize without ever leaving campus. Over the past 40 years, TAPP has helped thousands of students and have a 97% graduation rate. In addition, an increasing number of students from the TAPP program are going on to college. Breastfeeding instruction and support, nutritional guidance, and a team of medical professionals complement the academic portion of the program to help ensure student success. Works Cited “Medical Component.” Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, Kentucky. 2010. Web. 15 Nov. 2010.