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Maria is the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Lead Program Specialist and oversees the Optimal Health for Montana Youth (OHMY) Program for the state of Montana. She monitors local program implementation of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention efforts, including providing technical assistance, contract management, and program monitoring to local communities. Maria’s work specifically contributes to achieving OHMY's goal of helping Montana youth achieve optimal health through healthy behavior development and the strengthening of protective factors.
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is the statewide agency for public health that administers numerous programs with the aim to improve and protect the health of Montanans by creating conditions for healthy living. The Adolescent Health Section of the Department works to improve the health of Montana youth by focusing on teen pregnancy prevention a Healthy Young Parent Program and Sexual Violence Prevention and Victim Services Program.