Fifteen local Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country were recognized as leaders in teen pregnancy prevention as they were selected by the Department of Health and Human Services to receive new grant funding as part of President Obama’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative.
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health today announced the grant winners for $155 million in new funding to be awarded to nonprofit organizations, states, school districts and other groups for evidence-based and innovative teen pregnancy prevention programs. The awards are an annual amount, given every year for five years.
As one of the most trusted providers of sex education, 15 Planned Parenthood affiliates were awarded grants or were part of a winning grant as a subcontractor, totaling nearly $19 million.
“As the oldest, largest and most trusted provider of sex education and pregnancy prevention in the country, we are thrilled to have this opportunity to work with the Office of Adolescent Health, states, health departments and community based organizations to make sure young people get high-quality programs that work,” said Leslie Kantor, national director of education initiatives for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
The Planned Parenthood affiliates who have been awarded teen pregnancy prevention grants are:
Planned Parenthood of New York City
Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, partners with:
Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and Northern Idaho
Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette
Planned Parenthood of Montana
Planned Parenthood of Southwest Oregon
Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region, subcontractor with Youth and Family Alliance dba Lifeworks
Planned Parenthood of Hawaii, subcontractor with Hawaii Youth Services Network and subcontractor with University of Hawaii
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, subcontractor with University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, subcontractor with The Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy
Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast, subcontractor with the University of Texas Health Science Center
Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, subcontractor with the City of Hartford
Planned Parenthood of Illinois, subcontractor with Chicago Public Schools, District #299
Planned Parenthood affiliates will be replicating programs that have generated significant evidence that they reduce teen pregnancy by helping young people to either postpone sexual intercourse or use contraception when they do engage in intercourse.
The largest single grant awarded, $4 million, was awarded to Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, which worked in partnership with Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and Northern Idaho, Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette, Planned Parenthood of Montana, Planned Parenthood of Southwest Oregon, and Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood on their application to provide teen pregnancy prevention programs across five Northwest states (Washington, Montana, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska). These local Planned Parenthood affiliates will be replicating the Teen Outreach Program (TOP), an evidence-based approach which has been proven to develop the positive potential of teens, thus leading them to more success and less risk-taking behaviors like teen pregnancy, violence, and school failure.
Planned Parenthood of New York City will replicate the evidence-based Making Proud Choices (MPC) curriculum, which is aimed at reducing rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and pregnancy among middle school-aged adolescents and to give them the tools they need to reduce their risk of STDs, including HIV/AIDS, and unintended pregnancy.
Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando will implement combined evidence-based programs that link the clinic-based intervention “Safer Sex” with Sisters Informing, Healing, Living, Empowering (SiHLE), a small group skills training based intervention to reduce risky sexual behavior among African-American adolescent females.
The new teen pregnancy prevention funding is a positive step toward addressing the United States’ high teen pregnancy rate. An estimated 750,000 teenagers will become pregnant this year, which translates into the highest rate of teen pregnancy among comparable countries, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
This funding is part of President Obama’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, which includes resources for either the replication of evidence-based programs or for research and demonstration grants to develop, replicate, refine, and test additional models and innovative strategies for preventing teenage pregnancy among. In addition, 46 states and territories applied for the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), which is designed to reduce adolescent pregnancy and help youth to develop important life skills.
“The evidence is undeniable — when young people get programs that give them the skills they need to make responsible decisions and take care of themselves, they avoid early pregnancy. We are so pleased to be part of making sure more young people get the help they need,” added Kantor.
As a health care provider, Planned Parenthood knows firsthand the power of education to help teens make responsible decisions about their health. Every year Planned Parenthood provides five million women, men, and teens worldwide with the education and services they need to prevent unintended pregnancy and protect their health.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With more than 700 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.
May 14, 2014