HHS Press Release ~
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) Director Evelyn Kappeler announced today more than $86 million in teen pregnancy prevention grants to non-profit organizations, school districts, universities, and others. The 81 new grants are expected to serve more than 291,000 youth each year in communities where teen birth rates remain high.
The OAH grants support replication of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs in communities with the greatest need; increase capacity in communities to serve vulnerable youth, including homeless youth, parenting youth and those in juvenile detention and foster care; fill gaps in the knowledge of what works to prevent teen pregnancy; and test new, innovative approaches to combating teen pregnancy. These awards provide the first year of funding for a five-year grant period.
“The HHS Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program provides an opportunity for a broad range of programs to have a lasting impact on reducing teen pregnancy,” said Kappeler. “The grants are focused on reaching young people in communities where high teen pregnancy rates persist.”
Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program grants were awarded in four categories:
- Community Capacity Building to Support Replication of Evidence-Based TPP Programs (Tier 1A): OAH awarded a total of $5,774,252 to eight grantees to help communities build capacity to implement and evaluate programs for populations with teen birth rates well above the national average and with organizations serving youth in juvenile detention and foster care or who are homeless or young parents.
- Replicating Evidence-Based TPP Programs to Scale in Communities with the Greatest Need (Tier 1B): OAH awarded a total of $59,563,930 to 50 grantees in 31 states and the Marshall Islands to replicate evidence-based TPP programs in multiple settings in communities where teen birth rates are significantly higher than the national average. The grants focus on implementing programs in schools, clinics, and community-based settings to allow youth to receive multiple medically accurate, age appropriate, evidence-based programs during their adolescence. The programs also focus on reaching especially vulnerable youth including youth in foster care, youth in juvenile detention, expectant and parenting teens, and older youth, and those living in rural areas.
- Supporting and Enabling Early Innovation to Advance Adolescent Health and Prevent Teen Pregnancy (Tier 2A): OAH awarded a total of $2,999,988 to fund two grantees, one focused on technology-based innovations and one focused on program innovations. Each grantee will hold a national competition to select between 5-15 innovators who will receive funding to develop, test, and refine innovative products, programs, and/or processes to advance adolescent health and prevent teen pregnancy.
- Rigorous Evaluation of New or Innovative Approaches to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (Tier 2B): OAH awarded total of $18,158,473 to 21 grantees working to increase the number of evidence-based TPP interventions available by rigorously evaluating new or innovative approaches for preventing teen pregnancy and related risk behaviors. Grantees will evaluate new interventions for Latino and American Indian youth, those in foster care, incarcerated youth, LGBTQ youth, several clinic-based interventions, and several technology-based interventions.
To see a list of award recipients, visit:
To learn more about OAH’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, visit: www.hhs.gov/ash/oah