Forrest Alton

South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Forrest Alton has been involved in adolescent reproductive
health in a variety of capacities and settings for the past ten years. 
Currently serving as the Executive Director of the South Carolina Campaign to
Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Mr. Alton directs and oversees the Campaign’s
five mission based areas of programming: education, technical assistance,
public awareness, advocacy, and research.  The organization reaches over
1,000 people in each of South Carolina’s 46 counties on an annual basis.
During his tenure at the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen
Pregnancy the organization continues to expand in scope, reach and
sophistication and is now seen as a national leader in the conversation about
preventing teen pregnancy.  Forrest’s leadership has increased the
visibility of the organization beyond the scope of a traditional non-profit to
include partnerships with the business community and media outlets throughout
South Carolina.  His appearances in television, radio and print media have
reached more than four million people in the past year including a recent
article in the Wall Street Journal.  Forrest is involved in teen
pregnancy prevention efforts at the national and state level, serves on
multiple boards and committees, and is frequently sought after as a presenter
on topics including adolescent health and sexuality; science based teen
pregnancy prevention approaches; youth involvement; and support of comprehensive
sexuality education.  Forrest has authored or co-authored multiple
Campaign research projects including South Carolina Speaks 2004 an
assessment of South Carolina’s registered voters’ support of
comprehensive sexuality education.

Prior to joining the Campaign in 2002, Mr. Alton worked as
the Program Manager of an adolescent pregnancy prevention program in
Georgetown, SC.  He is a Certified Health Education Specialist who holds a
Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion from Coastal Carolina University
and a Master of Science in Public Health from the USC Arnold School of Public
Health.


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