Teen Pregnancy Prevention

The Office of Adolescent Health is responsible for implementing and administering the national, evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program, a competitive grant program. The OAH TPP program is one of a growing number of federal programs that focus on providing evidence of what works, investing in new and innovative approaches, and fostering a culture of learning.  

Read an overview of the OAH TPP program.

Through the TPP program, OAH invests in the implementation of evidence-based TPP programs, and provides funding to develop and evaluate new and innovative approaches to prevent teen pregnancy. Evidence-based TPP programs are those that have been proven, through rigorous evaluation, to reduce teen pregnancy and/or sexual risk behaviors associated with teen pregnancy. Currently, the HHS Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence Review covers a variety of diverse programs, including sexuality education programs; youth development programs; abstinence education programs; clinic-based programs; and programs specifically designed for diverse populations and settings.    

From 2010 to 2015, OAH provided funding to its first cohort of TPP grantees. One hundred and two grantees received funding for a five-year period to implement evidence-based and evidence-informed TPP programs across 39 states and Washington DC. The first cohort of TPP projects served more than 140,000 per year, trained more than 7,000 professionals, and partnered with over 3,000 community-based organizations across the US between 2010 and 2015.  

The second cohort of grantees was awarded in July 2015. OAH received 419 applications and 81 TPP grants were awarded for a five-year project period and are expected to serve over 290,000 youth each year and over 1.2 million youth over the course of the five-year project. These grantees received funding to:

  • Support replication of evidence-based TPP programs in multiple settings in communities with the greatest need; 
  • Increase capacity of organizations to implement evidence-based TPP programs focusing on serving especially vulnerable youth, including homeless youth, parenting youth, and those in juvenile detention and foster care; 
  • Support and foster early innovations to fill gaps in the knowledge of what works to prevent teen pregnancy; and 
  • Develop and rigorously evaluate new, innovative approaches to combating teen pregnancy.  

Since the program’s inception, OAH has worked in collaboration with HHS’ Administration on Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Reproductive Health to extend the reach of teen pregnancy prevention in targeted communities.

Last updated: May 03, 2016