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NORTHWEST COALITION FOR ADOLESCENT HEALTH RECEIVES $20 MILLION GRANT TO PREVENT TEEN PREGNANCY

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Amy Claussen, VP of Education & Professional Training
1-866-904-7721 x8207
amy.claussen@ppgwni.org


Published: 09.30.10| Updated: 09.30.10

EASTERN WASHINGTONPlanned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho (PPGWNI) is pleased to announce the Northwest Coalition for Adolescent Health (NWCAH) has been awarded a $20 million grant by the Office of Adolescent Health to replicate the Teen Outreach Program, an evidence-based youth development program aimed at reducing teen pregnancy.

NWCAH is comprised of six Planned Parenthood affiliates, including PPGWNI. A portion of the grant will fund programs in PPGWNI’s service area, which is comprised of the twenty eastern counties of Washington and the nine northern counties of Idaho.

The funding will allow NWCAH to replicate the Teen Outreach Program in 73 targeted sites across the northwest and will serve more than 8,000 youth over the next five years. The program will focus on areas throughout the northwest where teen pregnancy and birth rates are high and health disparities exist. PPGWNI’s project will reach 1395 students by the end of year five in Benton, Franklin, Grant, Kittitas, Spokane, Walla Walla, and Yakima counties.

“This is great news for adolescents in the communities we serve,” said Anna Franks, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho. “We know firsthand the positive effects of honest education.”

The Teen Outreach Program’s primary goal is to reduce teen pregnancy. Additional goals include decreasing academic course failure and school suspensions, increasing youth’s positive attitude toward community engagement and service, increasing the number of youth who delay onset of sexual activity, and increasing the number of youth who use protection when they become sexually active.

The Teen Outreach Program has been proven to develop positive potential of teens, leading them to more success and less risk-taking behaviors. The curriculum includes age-appropriate sessions on relationships, communication, goal-setting, and sexual health.

The project was one of five national projects awarded in full.

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PPGWNI is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization with health centers located in Ellensburg, Kennewick, Pasco,  Pullman, Spokane, Spokane Valley, Sunnyside, Walla Walla and Yakima.  PPGWNI exists to assure that all people are empowered to make reproductive health choices and have access to the quality healthcare and sexuality education services required to exercise those choices. Call 1-866-904-7721 or visit www.ppgwni.org for more information.

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