The Robert C. Byrd Center for Rural Health uses innovative ideas, technology, research and advocacy to benefit rural West Virginia. Marshall Teen Talk has received funding from the Center’s Rural Health Initiative grant funded by the West Virginia Higher Educations Policy Commission. Grants for Teen Talk were received in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2020. Marshall Teen Talk also received funding from Larry and Cheryl Tweel of Huntington in 2017. Marshall Teen Talk began as a telemedicine outreach program that taught comprehensive sex education to high school students through after school programming. This program was developed by a team of medical students and residents at Marshall University School of Medicine, and led by a board certified obstetrician gynecologist, and specialist in pediatric and adolescent gynecology. Marshall Teen Talk has over time developed into an online resource for high school teens, and supplement to school based sex education.

Marshall Teen Talk Publications

Yoost JL, Durfee L, Ruley M. Acceptability of a Comprehensive Sex Education Self-Study Website for Teaching Reproductive Health: A Pilot Study Among College Students and Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident Physicians. Sexual Medicine. 2021 Feb; 9 (1).

Casey E, Urian J, Lancaster D, Yoost J. Teaching Reproductive Health through Telehealth Sessions and Online Modules to Rural High School Students. West Virginia Medical Journal. July 2018.

Yoost JL, Starcher RW, King-Mallory RA, Hussain N, Hensley CA, Gress TW. The Use of Telehealth to Teach Reproductive Health to Female Rural High School Students. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2017 Apr;30(2):193-198.

Singh R, Harsh M, Mullins K, Dunlap B, Yoost JL. Promoting Reproductive Health Using Telemedicine: A Prospective Study Among Rural Appalachian High School Teens. Marshall Journal of Medicine. 3 (2), 2017

Roth D, Nellhaus E, Ruley M, Hess A, Lamichhane R, Yoost J. A Virtual Sex Education Tool Improved Reproductive Health Knowledge Among Adolescent Girls. Sex Education. 2023 April 23 (4) 1-11

Press Coverage

How to talk to your kids about sex
WSAZ, Huntington WV
July 2019

West Virginia schools rethink sex ed
PBS Newshour
May 21, 2017