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November 2013

AIDS.gov Highlights New Projects Which Integrate HIV Prevention into Family Planning

Read OPA'S new blog post about our recently funded projects which provide high-impact HIV prevention services integrated with Title X family planning services in high need areas.
Posted 11/22/13


USPSTF POSTS DRAFT RESEARCH PLAN ON BREAST CANCER SCREENING–public comment

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted for public comment a draft Research Plan on screening for breast cancer. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from November 14 through December 11, 2013. In addition to the draft Research Plan, the Task Force has posted an informational video presentation, which provides an overview of the Task Force's process for developing recommendations, the draft Research Plan, and how the public can provide input. The Task Force invites the public to comment on the draft Research Plan to help in this early stage of the recommendation. To review the materials and draft Research Plan and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Name/screening-for-breast-cancer---update-in-progress. Exit Disclaimer
Posted 11/20/13

September 2013

2011 Family Planning Annual Report (FPAR) National Summary is now available.

View the PDF (1.77 MB)
Posted 9/17/13


Announcement of OPA HIV Integration Grants

September 2013--The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) is pleased to announce the 18 recipients of the Integrating Routine HIV Testing and Linkage to HIV Care and Treatment in Family Planning Services Grants.

Grantees funded in this new three-year funding cycle may receive one or both of two related components. Grantees funded for Part A have projects that provide high-impact HIV prevention services integrated with Title X Family Planning Services. Funded activities include opt-out HIV testing, linkages to care, behavioral interventions through counseling sessions, condom distribution, and sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening and treatment.

Grantees that received Part B funding will provide enhanced, bi-directional linkage services between Title X Family Planning service sites and Ryan White-funded HIV medical service sites that are either co-located with a Title X site, or have an established, collaborative relationship with a Title X service site funded under Part A. Some projects will provide family planning services for HIV positive clients either in the family planning or Ryan White-funded HIV medical service site.

The following 18 Title X grantees were funded, beginning September 1, 2013. Approximately 60 projects were awarded under Part A and 12 projects under Part B. This chart includes the grantee and the type(s) of grants(s) they were awarded.

RegionGranteePart
1HealthQuarters, IncA
1Action for Boston Community DevelopmentA
2New Jersey Family Planning League, Inc.A/B
2Public Health SolutionsA/B
2Virgin Islands Department of HealthA
2New York State Department of HealthA
3Unity Health CareA
3Family Planning CouncilA/B
3Maryland Department of Health & Mental HygieneA/B
4Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis RegionA/B
4SC Department of Health and Environmental ControlA/B
4Alabama Department of Public HealthA/B
5Indiana Family Health Council, Inc.A
5Michigan Department of Community HealthA
6Women's Health and Family Planning Association of TexasA/B
7Family Planning Council of IowaA
9California Family Health Council, Inc.A/B
9Gila River Health Care CorporationA

Click here for more information on OPA's Integrating Routine HIV Testing and Linkage to HIV Care and Treatment in Family Planning Services initiative. Please contact Vanessa A. White, MPH, Public Health Advisor, with any questions.
Posted 9/17/13


HHS Releases New Model HIPAA Notices

September 16, 2013--The Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT and the HHS Office for Civil Rights released model Notices of Privacy Practices for health care providers and health plans to use to communicate with their patients and plan members around the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The HIPAA Privacy Rule gives patients a right to be informed of the privacy practices of health care providers and health plans and of their privacy rights regarding their personal health information. Health care providers and health plans that are subject to HIPAA are required to develop and distribute a notice that provides a clear, user-friendly explanation of these rights and practices. These model notices reflect the recent regulatory changes to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and serve as the baseline for covered health providers working to come into compliance with the new requirements.
Posted 9/16/13


Announcement of OPA HIT Adoption and Implementation Grants

September 2013--The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) is pleased to announce the 23 recipients of the Adoption and Implementation of Health Information Technology in Family Planning Services Grants.

The purpose of these grants is to support Title X grantees, sub-recipients and service sites in adopting and implementing health information technology (HIT) systems to become meaningful users of HIT, including electronic health records and practice management systems. These grants also aim to support these systems to increase access to care, improve quality of care and bill third-party payers.

The following 23 Title X grantees were funded, beginning September 1, 2013. This chart includes the grantees and the regions in which they were awarded.

RegionGrantee
1Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Inc.
1Health Imperatives, Inc.
1Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
2New York State Department of Health
2Public Health Solutions
2New Jersey Family Planning Inc.
3Unity Health Care
3Family Planning Council
3Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
4Planned Parenthood Health Systems, Inc.
4Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, Inc.
5Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio
5Indiana Family Health Council, Inc.
5Planned Parenthood of MN, ND, SD
5State of Ohio - Department of Health
6Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma
6Louisiana DHH Office of Public Health
7Nebraska Dept of Health & Human Services
7Family Planning Council of Iowa
8Wyoming Health Council
9California Family Health Council, Inc.
10Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette, Inc.
10State of Alaska Department of Health & Social Services

For any questions about OPA's HIT Adoption and Implementation initiative, please contact Christine Nishiguchi, Public Health Advisor, at Christine.Nishiguchi@hhs.gov.
Posted 9/12/13

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August 2013

Provider Materials for ACA Patient Education

Hot off the press! Ten Things Providers Need to Know and Ten Things to Tell Your Patients, have now been posted on https://marketplace.cms.gov. Be sure to check https://marketplace.cms.gov regularly as many resources are already available and new materials to use for Affordable Care Act outreach and education are being developed.
Posted 8/30/13

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June 2013

Funding Opportunity Announcement–Due Date: July 15, 2013

June 2013--The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a recommendation for screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in persons at high risk for infection. The USPSTF also recommends offering one-time screening for HCV infection to adults born between 1945 and 1965. The recommendation is a "B recommendation," Exit Disclaimer meaning that there is high certainty that the net benefit is moderate or there is moderate certainty that the net benefit is moderate to substantial. This brings the USPSTF and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in line as CDC in May 2012 urged one-time screening for all people born between 1945 and 1965.
Posted 6/25/13


Funding Opportunity Announcement–Due Date: July 15, 2013

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) announces the release of a FY 2013 Funding Opportunity Announcement for the support of projects that seek either to increase the level of public awareness of frozen embryo adoption/donation or to provide services which facilitate frozen embryo adoption/donation. This notice solicits applications from public or private, non-profit or for-profit agencies that have expertise in frozen embryo adoption/donation or related fields.

For specifics about eligibility, please refer to the complete funding opportunity announcement which can be accessed at www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html. Please enter the CFDA number 93.007in the "Search by CFDA number" box.
Posted 6/19/13


Release of the U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, 2013 (US SPR). The US SPR provides guidance on how contraceptive methods can be used, and focuses on how to remove unnecessary barriers for patients in accessing and successfully using contraceptive methods. It works in tandem with the CDC's U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010 (US MEC) which provides guidance on who can use various methods of contraception.

Many of the US SPR recommendations have been adapted from global guidance provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be more specific to U.S. practices, and new topics of interest to U.S. providers have been added. These recommendations are meant to serve as a source of clinical guidance for health care providers; health care providers should always consider the individual clinical circumstances of each person seeking family planning services.

Providers can learn more about the US SPR, and find job aids, training tools, and continuing education at: http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/ UnintendedPregnancy/USSPR.htm.
Posted 6/14/13


HHS Soliciting Public Comment on Renewal of Viral Hepatitis Action Plan

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking broad public input as it begins efforts to renew the 2011 Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis to include actions which can be taken from 2014-2016. Comments must be received by 5:00 pm ET on July 5, 2013. The full notice can be found here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-05/pdf/2013-13332.pdf.
Posted 6/10/13

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May 2013

USPSTF Recommends HIV Screening for 15-65 Year Olds

Last week the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued its final recommendation regarding screening for HIV infection, recommending that clinicians screen for HIV infection in adolescents and adults 15-65 years old. Younger adolescents and older adults who are at increased risk should also be screened. USPSTF also recommended that clinicians screen all pregnant women for HIV. Both recommendations are grade A, meaning that, upon review of the evidence, USPSTF finds high certainty that the net benefit is substantial.. View the full recommendations and evidence at http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Topic/recommendation-summary/human-immunodeficiency-virus-hiv-infection-screening Exit Disclaimer
Posted 5/9/13

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April 2013

Funding Opportunity Announcement for Marketplace Navigator Grants

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the availability of new funding to support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces. Navigators are individuals and entities that will provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.

To access the funding opportunity announcement, visit: http://www.grants.gov, and search for CFDA # 93.750. For more information about Navigators, including continuing updates, visit: http://www.cms.gov/cciio/programs-and-initiatives/health-insurance-marketplaces/assistance.html
Posted 4/22/13


Funding Opportunity Announcement -- Due date: May 17, 2013

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) is pleased to announce of the availability of FY 2013 Funding Opportunity Announcement to support the adoption and implementation of health information technology (HIT) by family planning services grantees under the authority of Title X of the Public Health Service Act. This notice solicits applications from Title X grantees that propose to effectively adopt and implement HIT systems that enable providers to become meaningful users of HIT, including electronic health record and practice management systems and to use those systems to increase access to care, improve quality of care and bill third party payers. Awards will be for one year.

Public and private nonprofit entities that are Title X family planning service grantees funded as of June 30, 2013, are eligible to apply. For specifics about eligibility, please refer to the complete funding announcement, which can be accessed at www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html. Enter the CFDA number (93.217) in the "Search by CFDA number" box.

***Technical Assistance Webinar: The date for this will be announced within the next 5 days. This TA webinar will provide guidance on both the HIV integration (Part A and B) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) as well as the HIT FOA.
Posted 4/11/13


Funding Opportunity Announcement -- Amended due date: May 10, 2013

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) announcement of the availability of FY 2013 Secretary's Minority AIDS Initiative Funds and Title X funds for competitively awarded grants for Title X HIV Integration and Linkage to HIV Care and Treatment due date has been changed. These grants will provide funding for: Part A Projects to support Title X service sites in providing routine HIV testing, linkage to care, and high impact HIV prevention services integrated with Title X family planning services, and Part B Projects that provide enhanced, bi-directional linkage services between Title X and Ryan White-funded HIV medical service sites. Funding will be awarded as grants, rather than supplements.

Public and private nonprofit entities that are Title X family planning service grantees funded as of June 30, 2013, are eligible to apply. For specifics about eligibility, please refer to the complete funding announcement, which can be accessed at www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html. Enter the CFDA number (93.217) in the "Search by CFDA number" box.
Posted 4/3/13

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March 2013

OPA Announces Grant Awards for March 31 Start

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Population Affairs today announced Title X Family Planning Program grant awards to five organizations in Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia.

To view the announcement visit: http://www.hhs.gov/ash/news/2013/20130325.html.
Posted 3/26/13


USPSTF Posts Draft Research Plan on Gonorrhea & Chlamydia Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted its draft Research Plan on screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment through April 3, 2013. To review the draft Research Plan and submit comments: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Announcements/News/Item/public-comment-on-draft-research-plan-screening-for-gonorrhea-and-chlamydia Exit Disclaimer
Posted 3/20/13


Doxycycline & Tetracycline Shortages Update

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to report that doxycycline is available in limited supply and tetracycline is unavailable. Doxycycline and/or tetracycline are recommended therapy for some sexually transmitted infections and syndromes including chlamydia, nongonococcal urethritis, epididymitis and pelvic inflammatory disease.

For treatment alternatives and more information:
View Doxycycline/Tetracycline Shortage
Posted 3/5/13

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February 2013

USPSTF Seeks Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections

On January 29, 2013, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) posted for public comment its draft Research Plan on behavioral counseling to prevent sexually transmitted infections. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from January 29 through February 25, 2013. To review the draft Research Plan and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Name/us-preventive-services-task-force-opportunities-for-public-comment. Exit Disclaimer
Posted 2/5/13

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January 2013

FDA Reports Shortage of Doxycycline

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported a shortage of doxycycline on January 18, 2013. Doxycycline is a recommended therapy for some sexually transmitted infections and syndromes including chlamydia, nongonococcal urethritis, epididymitis and pelvic inflammatory disease and as an alternative treatment for syphilis in patients with a penicillin allergy.

For more information and alternative treatment regimens, view Doxycycline Shortage.
Posted 1/29/13


OPA Webinar: Responding to the FY 2013 Title X FOA

Federal staff will provide an overview of the application process and requirements for the FY 2013 Title X Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for interested applicants on February 21, 2013 from 2-3 pm eastern time. There will be time for Q & A. If you have questions but are unable to watch the live webinar, you may email your questions by February 20 COB to opa@hhs.gov. The webinar will be posted within two weeks after February 21.

The FOA for Title X family planning funding was posted on August 1, 2012. To view the FOA, go to: http://www.grants.gov/. Click on Grant Search on the right side of the screen. Enter 93.217 in the CFDA number search box.

Note that there are rolling application due dates. The next deadline is April 1, 2013. Scroll down to find the specific FOA for your region.

Posted 1/22/13


FDA approves new IUD

On January 9, 2013, the FDA announced approval of Skyla, a three-year, levonorgestral-releasing intrauterine system (IUS). Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc., the manufacturer of Mirena, the five-year levonorgestral-releasing IUS which was approved by the FDA in 2000, indicated that its new product is targeted to younger women. Skyla releases a lower dose of progestin than Mirena. It is expected to be on the market in mid-February. Read More Here
Posted 1/16/13


OPA's AIDS.gov new blog post

Family Planning Providers Key in Fight Against HIV
Posted 1/10/13


The 2011 Family Planning Annual Report is now available

This annual reporting requirement is for family planning services delivery projects authorized and funded under the Population Research and Voluntary Family Planning Programs (Section 1001 of Title X of the Public Health Service Act, 42 United States Code [USC] 300).

Annual submission of the Family Planning Annual Report (FPAR) is required of all Title X family planning services grantees for purposes of monitoring and reporting program performance (45 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Part 742 and 45 CFR Part 923). FPAR data are presented in summary form, which protects the confidentiality of individuals who receive Title X-funded services (42 CFR Part 59).

The FPAR is the only source of annual, uniform reporting by all Title X family planning services grantees. It provides consistent, national-level data on the Title X Family Planning Program and its users. View the 2011 Family Planning Annual Report here
Posted 1/10/13


Registration is NOW for new entities for 340B Drug Pricing Program

January 1-15 is the window for registration of new providers in the 340B Drug Pricing Program. New Title X providers should register NOW, as the next registration period will be April 1-15. Find out more about eligibility, requirements and the 340B program generally at http://www.hrsa.gov/opa/index.html
Posted 1/9/13

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November 2012

US Preventive Services Task Force issues draft recommendations regarding screening for hepatitis C

On Monday, November 26, 2012, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued the following DRAFT recommendation:

"The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in adults at high risk, including those with any history of intravenous drug use or blood transfusions prior to 1992 (see the Clinical Considerations Exit Disclaimer for more information on risk factors).

This is a grade B Exit Disclaimer recommendation.

The USPSTF recommends that clinicians consider offering screening for HCV infection in adults born between 1945 and 1965 (see the Clinical Considerations Exit Disclaimer for more information on birth-cohort screening).

This is a grade C Exit Disclaimer recommendation."

The Task Force posted this draft statement on its website to provide an opportunity for public comment. The full recommendation can be accessed and comments can be submitted through December 24 at http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Name/us-preventive-services-task-force-opportunities-for-public-comment Exit Disclaimer
Posted 11/26/12


US Preventive Services Task Force issues draft recommendations regarding HIV screening

On November 20, 2012, the US Preventive Services Task issued the following DRAFT recommendation:

"The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that clinicians screen adolescents and adults ages 15 to 65 years for HIV infection. Younger adolescents and older adults who are at increased risk should also be screened. See the Clinical Considerations Exit Disclaimer for more information about screening intervals.

This is a grade A Exit Disclaimer recommendation.

The USPSTF recommends that clinicians screen all pregnant women for HIV, including those who present in labor whose HIV status is unknown.

This is a grade A Exit Disclaimer recommendation."

The Task Force posted this draft statement on its website to provide an opportunity for public comment. The full recommendation can be accessed and comments submitted through December 17 at http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/ Exit Disclaimer
Posted 11/20/12


Announcement: Release of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and Risk Factors for CVD among Women of Reproductive Age (Fact Sheet)

CDC has developed a fact sheet "Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and Risk Factors for CVD among Women of Reproductive Age (18-44 years)" to help bring attention to the importance of CVD prevention among women of reproductive age as a public health issue. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among women. Major risk factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol often manifest during the reproductive years (ages 18-44). Additionally, pregnancy-related conditions such as gestational hypertension and gestational diabetes are associated with increased future risk of developing cardiovascular disease. We hope this fact sheet is useful in your efforts to raise awareness about this important public health problem.
Posted 11/20/12

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October 2012

President Obama Issues Executive Order Strengthening Protections Against Human Trafficking

September 25, 2012-- President Obama issued an Executive Order - Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking In Persons In Federal Contracts. Per the Executive Order, the Administration will be providing guidance to agencies on developing appropriate internal procedures and controls for awarding and administering Federal contracts to improve monitoring of and compliance with actions to prevent trafficking in persons. The Fact Sheet: the Obama Administration Announces Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking at Home and Abroad and Fact Sheet: Executive Order Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal Contracts provide more information relating to the latest federal efforts to combat human trafficking.
Posted 10/5/12

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August 2012

New CDC STD Treatment Guidelines for Gonorrhea

On August 9, 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published "Update to CDC's Sexually Transmitted Diseases Guidelines: Oral Cephalosporins No Longer a Recommended Treatment for Gonococcal Infections," in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The most significant change is that CDC no longer recommends an exclusively oral treatment regimen for gonorrhea. It is hoped that this new protocol might slow the emergence of drug resistance by ensuring that gonorrheal infections are quickly cured. To view the full recommendation, please click http://www.cdc.gov/std/treatment/.
Posted 08/1/12


New Coverage for Women's Preventive Health Services under Affordable Care Act Begins

August 1 marks a new day for women's health! It is the turning point when insurance policies will begin a new requirement to cover preventive health care services for women. An expected 47 million women will have guaranteed access to women's preventive services with zero cost sharing under the Affordable Care Act. You can view HHS Secretary Sebelius' blog on White House.gov on Giving Women Control Over Their Health Care at http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/07/31/giving-women-control-over-their-health-care.

In addition, please visit www.healthcare.gov/preventive-care-benefits/women/ for related news on women's preventive services.

Read More about the Affordable Care Act
Posted 08/1/12


New Funding Opportunity Announcement for Family Planning Services

On August 1, 2012, the Office of Population Affairs announced the anticipated availability of Fiscal Year 2013 funds for family planning services grants. Approximately $94 million will be available for competing Title X Family Planning Services Grants in 27 areas across the United States, including identified areas in the Pacific Basin. The funding announcement seeks applications from all qualified public and private nonprofit entities, to provide voluntary family planning services, with priority for services to persons from low-income families. The "Announcement of Anticipated Availability of Funds for Family Planning Services Grants" is available in Grants.gov.

For more information visit Grants & Funding
Posted 08/1/12

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May 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released this chart which compares cervical cancer screening guidelines issued by various organizations.

View the PDF (91KB)
Posted 05/16/12

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April 2012

Announcement of Availability of FY 2012 Funds for Cooperative Agreements for Family Planning Research

The Office of Population Affairs is pleased to announce a new research funding opportunity. This announcement seeks applications for practice-based research that will test an evidence-informed model of contraceptive counseling in clinical settings. Applications are due June 11, 2012. All applications must be submitted through Grants.gov.

To access the announcement and application package:

  1. Select www.grants.gov
  2. Select 'Apply for Grants'
  3. Select 'Step 1: Download a Grant Application'

Insert the Funding Announcement Number in the format: PA-FPR-12-001

Grant Solutions
Posted 04/23/12


Announcement of Availability of FY 2012 Funds for Cooperative Agreements for Training and Technical Assistance Projects Supported by the Office of Population Affairs and the Division of STD Prevention:

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) and CDC's Division of STD Prevention is pleased to announce a new training and technical assistance funding opportunity. This announcement has two parts, Part A seeks applications for four (4) OPA national training and technical assistance centers, and Part B seeks applications for ten (10) STD-related reproductive health prevention training and technical assistance training centers to support a reduction in STD-related infertility in women and men. Applications are due June 11, 2012. All applications must be submitted through Grants.gov.

To access the announcement and application package:

  1. Select www.grants.gov
  2. Select 'Find Grant Opportunities'
  3. Select "Advance Search"

Insert the Funding Announcement Number in the format: PA-FPT-12-011 or CFDA – 93.260

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FY 2012 Funding Opportunity Announcement – Training and Technical Assistance Projects supported by the Office of Population Affairs and the Division of STD Prevention, CDC Webinar

Thursday, April 26, 2012, 12:00 PM Eastern time

This webinar will provide an overview of recently posted "FY 2012 Announcement of Availability of Funds for Training and Technical Assistance Projects Supported by the Office of Population Affairs, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, and the Division of STD Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." The discussion will include the application process, the structure of the funding announcement, the content, and objectives of the training centers and a question and answer period.

This webinar will be recorded and made available on the OPA website at http://www.hhs.gov/opa/webinar. The webinars are viewable on the OPA website two weeks from the originally scheduled call date.

Posted 04/20/12

FDA modifies warning on blood clot risk from birth control pills containing drospirenone

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has completed its review of studies regarding the risk of blood clots in women taking birth control pills containing drospirenone (DRSP). Based on this review, the FDA has concluded that DRSP-containing oral contraceptives may be associated with a higher risk for blood clots than other progestin-containing pills.

DRSP is a synthetic version of the female hormone, progesterone, also referred to as a progestin. FDA is requiring that drug labels be revised to report that some epidemiologic studies reported as high as a three-fold increase in the risk of blood clots for DRSP-containing products when compared with products containing levonorgestrol or some other progestins, whereas other epidemiological studies found no additional risk of blood clots with products containing DRSP. The labels will also include a summary of the previously released results of an FDA-funded study of the blood clot risk.

FDA recommends that women talk to their healthcare professional about their risk for blood clots before deciding which birth control method to use. Healthcare professionals should consider the risks and benefits of DRSP-containing birth control pills and a woman's risk for developing a blood clot before prescribing these drugs.

The revisions apply to the brand-name contraceptives: Beyaz, Gianvi, Loryna, Ocella, Safyral, Syeda, Yasmin, Yaz and Zarah, as well as two generic formulations (MedPage Today, 4/10/12). DRSP birth control pills are among the most popular oral contraceptives in the US, largely because they are marketed to clear up acne and alleviate other hormone-related issues.

The FDA notice can be found HERE.
Posted 04/13/12

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Feburary 2012

Long Acting Reversible Contraception Webinar

OPA held Long Acting Reversible Contraception Webinar (LARC) on February 22, 2012
Posted 02/27/12

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January 2012

Substance Abuse Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Webinar

Substance Abuse Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in Family Planning Settings webinar that OPA held on January 11, 2012.
Posted 01/18/12

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December 2011

Research and Evaluation Update Winter 2011

The October-December 2011 Research and Evaluation Quarterly Update is now available.
Posted 12/23/11

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November 2011

July-September 2011 Issue of the Journal of Family Social Work Highlights Title XX

The July-September 2011 Issue of the Journal of Family Social Work Exit Disclaimer is a special issue in which findings of Title XX interventions are highlighted! Congratulations OAPP!!!
Posted 11/17/11

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September 2011

Preliminary Results of the FDA-funded Study Suggests Approximately 1.5-fold Increase in the Risk of Blood Clots for Women

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has informed the public that it has not yet reached a conclusion, but remains concerned, about the potential increased risk of blood clots with the use of drospirenone-containing birth control pills. FDA has completed its review of the two 2011 studies that evaluated the risk of blood clots for women who use drospirenone-containing birth control pills, previously mentioned in FDA's Drug Safety Communication issued on May 31, 2011, and is continuing its review of a separate FDA-funded study that evaluated the risk of blood clots in users of several different hormonal birth control products (contraceptives). Preliminary results of the FDA-funded study suggest an approximately 1.5-fold increase in the risk of blood clots for women who use drospirenone-containing birth control pills compared to users of other hormonal contraceptives. Learn more.
Posted 09/28/11


Research and Evaluation Update Summer 2011

The April-June 2011 Office of Population Affairs Research & Evaluation Update is now available on the OPA website! The Update is a web-based publication that includes summaries of recent OPA-supported research publications, summaries of other relevant recently published research articles, and research and evaluation updates from national organizations on a range of family planning topics. When available, links to abstracts in PubMed or full articles in open-access journals are provided.
Posted 09/01/11

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August 2011

2012 Family Planning Services Funding Opportunities

The Office of Population Affairs, Office of Family Planning, announces the availability of Fiscal Year 2012 funds for Family Planning Services grants. For further information and to apply electronically, please visit Grants and Funding or www.grants.gov for this grant funding opportunity.
Posted on 08/22/11


Cost Sharing Eliminated for Insurance Coverage of Women's Preventive Services

Historic new guidelines that will enable women with private health insurance to obtain certain preventive health services, including contraception, at no cost, were announced on August 1st by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The HHS guidance, which implements a section of the Affordable Care Act, was developed after recommendations were provided to the Department by an expert panel of the independent Institute of Medicine. The new HHS guidelines require new health insurance plans to cover women's preventive services such as well-woman visits, breastfeeding support, domestic violence screening, and contraception without charging a co-payment, co-insurance or a deductible. New health plans will need to include these services without cost sharing for insurance policies with plan years beginning on or after August 1, 2012. The rules governing coverage of preventive services allow plans to use reasonable medical management to help define the nature of the covered service that apply to women's preventive services. View the IOM Report Brief Exit Disclaimer
Posted on 08/16/11

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June 2011

OS/OASH Announces Public Health Advisor Positions

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer and better for all Americans.

This position is located within the Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (OS/OASH). OASH is led by the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) who report directly to the Secretary and whose office includes the following components: Immediate Office of the ASH, the Office of the Surgeon General, the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, the Office of Population Affairs, the Office Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, the Office of Minority Health, the Office on Women's Health, the Office for Human Research Protections, the National Vaccine Program Office, the Office of Adolescent Health, the Office of Research Integrity, the President's Advisory Council on AIDS, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, the Advisory on Committee for Blood Safety and Availability, and the Regional Health Administrators.

The mission of OASH is to protect and promote the public health of the Nation through policies and programs that apply science-based approaches that enable people to live healthier lives. OASH is a component of the Public Health Service (PHS) and its primary function is coordination of public health and science activities across HHS components. Specially, OASH is charged with leadership and development of policy recommendations "on population-based public health and science" and, at the direction of the Secretary, with coordination of initiatives that cut across various agencies and operating divisions of HHS in implementation of programs and policies at the convergence of public health and science.

The incumbents serves as an analyst in developing, monitoring, implementing, and evaluating current or projected complex, interdisciplinary public health programs involving governmental organizations and non-governmental organizations from multiple sectors at the community, State, and national levels. Develops and applies new or revised program methods, organizational structures, and technologies to carry out program objectives. Analyzes public health policies, operations, products, and services.

The announcements close on July 28, 2010. For more information refer to job announcement HHS-OS-02-2010-0022 for Grades 9-11 or HHS-OS-02-2010-0018 for Grades 12-13. You can also visit www.usajobs.gov to search by announcement numbers.
Posted on 06/26/2011


OPA Announces Anticipated Availability of Funds for Embryo Donation and/or Adoption Cooperative Agreement Projects

The Office of Population Affairs announces the availability of approximately $1.7 million of FY 2011 funding for 4 to 8 cooperative agreements related to frozen embryo donation and/or adoption. The cooperative agreements will fund projects that increase the public awareness of embryo donation/adoption or which provide services that facilitate embryo donation/adoption for individuals or couples. For more information download the attachment, visit www.grants.gov or www.grantsolutions.gov. (html) (pdf, 104 kb)
Posted on 06/06/11

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April 2011

January — March 2011 OPA Research & Evaluation Update Now Available

The OPA Research & Evaluation Update is a web-based publication that includes summaries of recent OPA-supported research publications, summaries of other relevant recently published research articles, and research and evaluation updates from national organizations. OPA Research & Evaluation Update: (pdf, 80 kb)
Posted on 04/01/11

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March 2011

New Program Instruction: Title X Grantee Compliance with Grant Requirements and Applicable Federal and State Law, including State Reporting Laws

The Office of Population Affairs releases new Program Instruction to provide guidance to Title X Family Planning service grantees regarding Compliance with Grant Requirements and Applicable Federal and State Law, including State Reporting Laws. There are three documents that accompany OPA 11-01. Title X grantee staff should be fully aware of the content included in each of these documents, and have policies, procedures, and training in place to ensure compliance with all provisions included in OPA Program Instruction 11-01, as well as the other documents. (OPA 06-01) (OPA 99-1) (Provision of Abortion-Related Services in Family Planning Services Projects)
Posted on 3/10/11

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January 2011

Now Available – MMWR Contraceptive Methods Available to Patients of Office-Based Physicians and Title X Clinics

View report
Posted on 1/14/11


FDA Vaccine Update

FDA approves the vaccine Gardasil for the prevention of anal cancer and associated precancerous lesions due to human papillomavirus (HPV) types 6, 11, 16, and 18 in people ages 9 through 26 years.
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm237941.htm
Posted on 1/13/11


OPA Research & Evaluation Update Now Available

The September to December 2010 OPA Research & Evaluation Update is now available. This web-based publication includes summaries of recent OPA-supported research publications, summaries of other relevant recently published research articles, and research and evaluation updates from national organizations. OPA Research & Evaluation Update: (pdf, 112 kb)
Posted on 1/11/11

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December 2010

Happy Birthday Title X!

December 24, 2010 marks 40 years since the Title X Family Planning program was signed into law. Forty years later, the mission of the program and its essential role in improving the health and economic well-being of individuals and families remains as compelling. Thank you to all family planning providers for your hard work and commitment in helping men and women achieve their reproductive goals by providing high quality and affordable Title X family planning services!
Posted on 12/23/10


MMWR Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2010

New STD Guidelines! This MMWR report updates previous guidelines for the treatment of persons who have or are at risk for getting STDs. View report
Posted on 12/17/10


Reproductive Health and Healthy People 2020

OPA has published a companion piece to Healthy People 2020 entitled Reproductive Health and Healthy People 2020. We've reviewed the 580 objectives included in Healthy People 2020 and highlighted 62 objectives that most directly address reproductive health. This publication is intended to assist family planning and other reproductive health professionals as they plan for the future reproductive healthcare needs of the nation.
Posted on 12/06/10

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November 2010

Obama Administration to Commemorate World AIDS Day

On Wednesday, December 1st, Obama Administration officials and leaders in the AIDS community will speak at a World AIDS Day event at the White House to reflect on the lessons learned and the path forward in the fight against HIV and AIDS in the United States and around the world. The White House World AIDS Day Event will include keynote remarks as well as a panel discussion with HIV/AIDS researchers and advocates. To view a live stream of this event visit AIDS.gov. The White House also released a World AIDS Day Presidential Proclamation.
Posted on 11/30/10

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October 2010

OPA Awards the Clinical Training Center for Family Planning Cooperative Agreement

The Office of Population Affairs announces the award of a five-year cooperative agreement to the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and its grant partner, Development Systems, Inc. (the Region VII Title X Family Planning Training Center) to continue the Clinical Training Center for Family Planning (CTCFP). The focus of the Clinical Training Center is to build capacity in the nation's federally funded family planning clinics through health care provider education, skill-building and ongoing support. Since its inception in 2006, the "CTCFP" has trained 218 Title X health care providers from across the US as family planning preceptors. CTCFP has convened two national clinical conferences attended by more than 900 nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assistants and nurse midwives. Through this award, the UMKC School of Nursing and Development Systems, Inc. will continue to provide high quality, needs-based professional education programs and facilitate networking and technical support over the next five years.
Posted on 10/04/10


OPA Issues the "Integration of HIV/AIDS Testing and Prevention Services in Title X Family Planning Projects" Supplemental Grant Awards

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) recently issued 83 supplemental grant awards for the integration of HIV/AIDS testing and prevention services in Title X family planning service projects. These competitively awarded grant supplements are funded through Title X and the Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) and align with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. The MAI funds will support projects in communities where racial and ethnic minorities are under-served or disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS.

The 83 HIV Integration projects were awarded to 41 Title X family planning services grantees. Through these projects, testing will be available in 478 clinics, located in 34 states, U.S. jurisdictions or commonwealths, and the District of Columbia. The purpose of the supplemental grants is to integrate HIV/AIDS prevention activities in Title X clinical service projects by expanding the availability of onsite HIV testing, counseling and related HIV referral services with a focus on implementing the 2006 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) "Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Health-Care Settings." The projects aim to reduce barriers to implementing CDC's recommendations to make voluntary HIV screening a routine part of medical care for all patients.
Posted on 10/04/10


Highlights from the Second National Title X Family Planning Clinical Conference

St. Louis, Missouri, was the site of the second biennial national Title X clinical conference, sponsored by the Clinical Training Center for Family Planning. Over 500 health care professionals working in Title X clinics around the country attended this clinically focused three day conference which was broad in scope, rich in substance, ambitious in reach and grounded in science. The conference featured expert panel question and answer sessions, scientific posters, lectures and small interactive and hands-on skills sessions, expert speakers presented the latest evidence regarding clinical family planning practice. The conference welcomed Marilyn Keefe, MPH, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Population Affairs and Susan Moskosky, MN, WHNP, Director, Office of Family Planning, who provided opening remarks and a clinical Title X update to the audience. An acknowledgement to all the hard work clinicians provide in Title X was celebrated with a Happy 40th Birthday Title X reception.
Posted on 10/04/10

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September 2010

DHHS Office of the Secretary announces OASH name change to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health

On August 31, 2010, the Secretary of Health and Human Services announced in the Federal Register that the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) is now the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH). The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health is comprised of 12 core public health offices and the Commissioned Corps, a uniformed service of more than 6,500 health professionals who serve at HHS and other federal agencies. For further information please visit the ASH website.
Posted on 09/07/10


CMS publishes the final rule on its Electronic Health Record Incentive Program

CMS published the final rule on its Electronic Health Record Incentive Program on July 28, 2010. This rule implements the provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and provides many of the parameters and requirements for the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. These regulations are effective on September 27, 2010. A copy of the final rule and many related fact sheets and other tools and documents are available at the CMS website.
Posted on 09/07/10


CDC issues the U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010

For the first time, CDC is issuing a set of recommendations for U.S. health care professionals to use when providing family planning counseling and services. The U. S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010, provides guidance on whether women and men with particular medical conditions or physical characteristics can safely use certain methods of contraception. Source: MMWR 2010;59(RR04):1–6. More information and a copy of the U.S. MEC is available at the CDC website.
Posted on 09/07/10

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August 2010

OS/OASH Announces Public Health Advisor Positions

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer and better for all Americans.

This position is located within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (OS/OASH). OASH is led by the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) who report directly to the Secretary and whose office includes the following components: Immediate Office of the ASH, the Office of the Surgeon General, the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, the Office of Population Affairs, the Office Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, the Office of Minority Health, the Office on Women's Health, the Office for Human Research Protections, the National Vaccine Program Office, the Office of Adolescent Health, the Office of Research Integrity, the President's Advisory Council on AIDS, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, the Advisory on Committee for Blood Safety and Availability, and the Regional Health Administrators.

The mission of OASH is to protect and promote the public health of the Nation through policies and programs that apply science-based approaches that enable people to live healthier lives. OASH is a component of the Public Health Service (PHS) and its primary function is coordination of public health and science activities across HHS components. Specially, OASH is charged with leadership and development of policy recommendations "on population-based public health and science" and, at the direction of the Secretary, with coordination of initiatives that cut across various agencies and operating divisions of HHS in implementation of programs and policies at the convergence of public health and science.

The incumbents serves as an analyst in developing, monitoring, implementing, and evaluating current or projected complex, interdisciplinary public health programs involving governmental organizations and non-governmental organizations from multiple sectors at the community, State, and national levels. Develops and applies new or revised program methods, organizational structures, and technologies to carry out program objectives. Analyzes public health policies, operations, products, and services.

The announcements close on July 28, 2010. For more information refer to job announcement HHS-OS-02-2010-0022 for Grades 9-11 or HHS-OS-02-2010-0018 for Grades 12-13. You can also visit www.usajobs.gov to search by announcement numbers.
Posted on 07/26/10


2011 Family Planning Services Funding Opportunities

The Office of Population Affairs, Office of Family Planning, announces the availability of Fiscal Year 2011 funds for Family Planning Services grants. For further information and to apply electronically, please visit Grants & Solutions or https://www.grantsolutions.gov for this grant funding opportunity.
Posted on 07/23/10

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July 2010

OS/OASH Announces Public Health Advisor Positions

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer and better for all Americans.

This position is located within the Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (OS/OASH). OASH is led by the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) who report directly to the Secretary and whose office includes the following components: Immediate Office of the ASH, the Office of the Surgeon General, the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, the Office of Population Affairs, the Office Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, the Office of Minority Health, the Office on Women's Health, the Office for Human Research Protections, the National Vaccine Program Office, the Office of Adolescent Health, the Office of Research Integrity, the President's Advisory Council on AIDS, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, the Advisory on Committee for Blood Safety and Availability, and the Regional Health Administrators.

The mission of OASH is to protect and promote the public health of the Nation through policies and programs that apply science-based approaches that enable people to live healthier lives. OASH is a component of the Public Health Service (PHS) and its primary function is coordination of public health and science activities across HHS components. Specially, OASH is charged with leadership and development of policy recommendations "on population-based public health and science" and, at the direction of the Secretary, with coordination of initiatives that cut across various agencies and operating divisions of HHS in implementation of programs and policies at the convergence of public health and science.

The incumbents serves as an analyst in developing, monitoring, implementing, and evaluating current or projected complex, interdisciplinary public health programs involving governmental organizations and non-governmental organizations from multiple sectors at the community, State, and national levels. Develops and applies new or revised program methods, organizational structures, and technologies to carry out program objectives. Analyzes public health policies, operations, products, and services.

The announcements close on July 28, 2010. For more information refer to job announcement HHS-OS-02-2010-0022 for Grades 9-11 or HHS-OS-02-2010-0018 for Grades 12-13. You can also visit www.usajobs.gov to search by announcement numbers.
Posted on 06/26/2011

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May 2010

U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010

U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010 (US MEC) is now available online as an "early release" MMWR Recommendations and Reports. The document can be accessed on CDC's MMWR website and the Division of Reproductive Health website.
Posted on 05/28/10


DHHS Announces New DASPA

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is pleased to announce the appointment of Marilyn J. Keefe, M.P.H., as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs (DASPA). Ms. Keefe's wealth of professional experience in the field of public health policy will serve her well in this position. As Deputy Assistant Secretary, she will manage operations and activities of the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) and its components, coordinate long-range planning; and guide program development.

Ms. Keefe joins OASH after having most recent recently served as the Director of Reproductive Health Programs for the National Partnership for Women & Families, an organization which promotes women's health issues, access to affordable health care, and workplace fairness. Previously, Ms. Keefe served for 13 years as Vice President for Public Policy at the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association. Prior to joining NFPRHA, Ms. Keefe worked at HHS as a program analyst for four years, with special emphasis on the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Ms. Keefe earned a Master's Degree in Public Health with a concentration in population dynamics from Johns Hopkins University in 1993; a Master's in Public Policy degree from the University of Chicago in 1986; and a B.A. in English from Columbia University in 1980.
Posted on 05/27/10

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April 2010

HHS Announces $4 Million for New Adolescent Family Life Demonstration Care Services Grants

The Office of Populations Affairs of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced evaluation-intensive Adolescent Family Life (AFL) Care Demonstration Grants totaling $4 million over five years based on performance and availability of funds.
Posted on 04/14/10


Office of Adolescent Health Funding Opportunity

The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) and the Administration on Children, Youth and Families have released the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program Tier 2 and Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Funding Opportunity Announcement. This announcement is for development and demonstration of promising teenage pregnancy models. To learn more about this funding opportunity, please visit the OAH web site at http://www.hhs.gov/ash/
Posted on 04/09/10


Funding Opportunity

Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) has released the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program Tier 1 Funding Opportunity Announcement. This announcement is for the replication of evidence-based teenage pregnancy models. To learn more about this funding opportunity, please visit the OAH web site at http://www.hhs.gov/ash/
Posted on 04/02/10


OPA Announces the Availability of Approximately $11.5 million for Integration of HIV/AIDS Testing and Prevention Services in Title X Family Planning Projects

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA), Office of Family Planning (OFP) announces the availability of approximately $11.5 million of Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 funds for competitive supplemental grants to Title X-funded service grantees. These supplemental grant awards are for HIV/AIDS prevention activities that will expand on-site HIV testing and related HIV-referral services integrated with family planning services, through incorporation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) "Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Health-Care Settings" (2006). The due date for submission is June 1, 2010.
Posted on 04/01/10


OPA Announces the Availability of Approximately $500,000 - $700,000 for One Family Planning Clinical Training Cooperative Agreement

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA), Office of Family Planning (OFP) announces the availability of funds for one cooperative agreement to establish and operate a family planning clinical training center that will serve Title X service delivery projects nationally. The successful applicant will be responsible for the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a training program that includes two components: (1) Training of clinical preceptors to work in Title X family planning service projects; and (2) conducting a national clinical training meeting every other year of the project. The purpose of this family planning clinical training cooperative agreement is to ensure that health care practitioners providing services in Title X-funded service projects have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to provide effective, high quality family planning clinical services. The due date for submission is June 1, 2010.
Posted on 04/01/10


Clinical Family Planning Training Center Cooperative Agreement Technical Assistance Conference Call

The Office of Family Planning will conduct a technical assistance conference call for potential applicants interested in applying for the 2010 Family Planning Clinical Training Cooperative Agreement. The purpose of the call is to provide useful information to all organizations interested in applying for this cooperative agreement. Individual applications will not be discussed.
Scheduled Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Posted on 04/01/10

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March 2010

Winter 2010 OPA Research & Evaluation Update Now Available

The Winter 2010 OPA Research & Evaluation Update is now available. This web-based publication includes summaries of recent OPA-supported research publications, summaries of other relevant recently published research articles, and research and evaluation updates from national organizations.

Posted on 03/08/10

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February 2010

HHS Announces New Acting Director for the Office of Population Affairs

Susan Moskosky, MS, RNC, is the new Acting Director for the Office of Population Affairs (OPA). She dually serves as Director of OPA's Office of Family Planning. Since 2001, Ms. Moskosky has provided outstanding leadership in guiding the Title X Family Planning Program nationwide, and in collaboration with the ten HHS regional offices.

In that capacity, she administered programs that provide access to contraceptive services, supplies and information. In 2008, the Title X program provided services to more than five million individuals, 90 percent of whom had family incomes at or below 200 percent of the Federal poverty level.

Her strong commitment to prevention has been instrumental in integrating HIV prevention services into Title X family planning clinics, enabling hundreds of thousands of individuals to know their status each year and ensuring that those who are found to be HIV positive are referred for needed care and treatment.

Ms. Moskosky began her federal career as a Regional Program Consultant for Family Planning in HHS Region VII, Kansas City, where she also served as the Region VII Women's Health Coordinator. She is a certified Women's Health Nurse Practitioner who spent the first 15 years of her professional career providing family planning, prenatal, and other preventive health services, as well as educating nurse practitioner students. She was the Director of one of the five original Title X-funded Women's Health Care Advanced Nurse Practitioner programs at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
Posted on 02/19/10

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January 2010

The National Plan for Action is Now Available for Review and Public Comment

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Minority Health is seeking public input from communities across the country on the proposed National Plan for Action. The Plan captures the status of health disparities in our country and proposes 20 strategies for their elimination. It is available online for public comment through February 12, 2010. More information about the public comment process can be found at: http://www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov/npa/templates/browse.aspx?lvl=1&lvlID=31
Posted on 01/13/10

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2009 and prior

Family Planning Annual Report - 2008 Final Report

The Family Planning Annual Report for 2008: [pdf]
Posted on 12/24/09


Family Planning Annual Report - 2007 Final Report (Re-issued December 2009 with Errata Sheet)

The Family Planning Annual Report for 2007: [pdf]
Posted on 12/24/09


Evaluation Report Now Available

Analysis of the Effectiveness of Title X Family Planning Providers' Use of the 340B Drug Pricing Program
The Office of Family Planning (OFP) within the Office of Population Affairs (OPA), contracted with The Lewin Group and the Guttmacher Institute to better understand the facilitators and barriers, as well as benefits and drawbacks, to Title X providers' participation in the 340B and Prime Vendor programs. The study aimed to help OPA/OFP understand the many issues contributing to Title X providers' experiences using these programs, along with alternative methods available for achieving pharmaceutical discounts. The analysis can be accessed here. Learn about "Tips on How to Begin Making the Most of 340B and Prime Vendor".
Posted on 12/18/09


Evaluation Report Now Available

Assessment of Strategies for Providing Culturally Competent Care in Title X Family Planning Clinics
The OPA Office of Family Planning (OFP) within the Office of Population Affairs (OPA), contracted with Altarum Institute to evaluate strategies for providing culturally competent care in Title X-supported family planning clinics. This assessment is critical for OFP, as efforts to improve cultural and linguistic competency directly address the Department of Health and Human Services' priority to eliminate disparities in health status, health care access, and quality as well as to promote preventive health practices to improve the overall health outcomes for all. The assessment can be accessed here.
Posted on 12/18/09


Fall 2009 OPA Research & Evaluation Update Now

Available The Fall 2009 OPA Research & Evaluation Update is now available. This web-based publication includes summaries of recent OPA-supported research publications and presentations, summaries of other relevant recently published research articles, and research and evaluation updates from federal agencies and national organizations.
Posted on 12/3/09

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New Program Instruction: 2009 H1N1 Vaccinations in Title X Family Planning Projects

The Office of Population Affairs releases new Program Instruction to provide guidance to Title X Family Planning service grantees regarding the provision of the 2009 H1N1 vaccination.
Posted on 11/04/09


HHS Awards Three New Cooperative Agreements for Family Planning Research

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announces three awards of new Family Planning Research Cooperative Agreements, totaling $800,000.
Posted on 10/25/09


Healthy People 2020 Objectives Now Available for Review and Public Comment

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has posted the proposed Healthy People 2020 objectives online. Objectives for all focus areas can be accessed at: http://www.healthypeople.gov/. The proposed Family Planning objectives can be accessed directly at: http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topicsobjectives2020/.

HHS is seeking public input from communities across the country on the proposed Healthy People 2020 objectives and will be accepting public comments about the proposed objectives online beginning October 30, 2009 and continuing through December 2009.
Posted on 10/23/09


Dr. Diana Schneider has joined OPA as the new Director of the Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE).

Dr. Diana Schneider has joined OPA as the new Director of the Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE). She is responsible for oversight of research and evaluation activities supported by the Title X Family Planning program and the Title XX Adolescent Family Life program and related special initiatives. Dr. Schneider has twenty years of experience in the field of public health, the last twelve of which have been with the federal government. Dr. Schneider received her Doctorate of Public Health in Epidemiology from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and her Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Commissioned Officer in the United States Public Health Service.
Posted on 10/13/09


HHS Awards One New Cooperative Agreement for Family Planning Male Training Center

The Office of Population Affairs announces the award of a new Title X Family Planning training cooperative agreement for a Family Planning Male Training Center (FPMTC). The training center award was made to the Family Planning Council, Inc. of Philadelphia, PA to focus on family planning and reproductive health information, education and clinical services targeting males. The purpose of this project is to provide training support to Title X-funded grantees so they have the knowledge and skills to effectively provide family planning and reproductive health information and services to males. The Family Planning Male Training Center has a project period of three years (2009 – 2012).
Posted on 10/02/09

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New Funding Opportunity for Research Project Grant Applications

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) announces a new funding opportunity announcement for family planning service delivery improvement research. The purpose of this funding announcement is to encourage applied research attention to the following areas: 1) Clinic Efficiency Models; 2) Service Integration; and 3) Targeted Populations. The funding announcement is available on www.grants.gov under funding opportunity number PAR-08-999. OPA intends to make available approximately $750,000 to support 3-4 new grants for a project period of up to three years. The deadline for applications submitted though grants.gov is: January 15, 2010.


OPA Awards Three New Family Planning Service Delivery Improvement Research Grants

The Office of Populations Affairs of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the award of three new Family Planning Service Delivery Improvement Research Grants.


Summer 2009 OPA Research & Evaluation Update Now Available

The Summer 2009 OPA Research & Evaluation Update is now available. The Update includes summaries of recent OPA-supported research publications and presentations, summaries of other relevant recently published research articles, and research and evaluation updates from federal agencies and national organizations.



grantsolutions.gov

OASH grantees may visit the GrantSolutions.gov system to electronically manage their grant portfolio.

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OPA Announces Two New Public Health Analyst Positions

The candidates selected for this position will serve as Public Health Analysts within Office of Population Affairs (OPA), Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs (OAPP) in Rockville, Maryland. For more information visit www.usajobs.gov.
Posted on 7/17/09


Family Planning - Family Planning Male Training Center Technical Assistance Conference Call

The Office of Family Planning will conduct a technical assistance conference call for potential applicants interested in applying for the 2009 Family Planning Male Training Center funding opportunity. Scheduled Date: Thursday 9 July 2009.
Posted on 6/30/09


Spring 2009 OPA Research & Evaluation Update Now Available

The Spring 2009 OPA Research & Evaluation Update is now available. This web-based publication includes summaries of recent OPA-supported research publications and presentations, summaries of other relevant recently published research articles, and research and evaluation updates from federal agencies and national organizations.
Posted on 6/15/09


OPA Announces the Availability of Funds for the Family Planning Male Training Cooperative Agreement

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA), Office of Family Planning (OFP) has issued an announcement for the availability of funding for the Family Planning Male Training Cooperative Agreement. The Announcement is for one award, ranging from $400,000 - $500,000 for up to three (3) years. The announcement seeks proposals from public and private not-for-profit entities to establish a training center with specific focus on Family Planning and Reproductive Health information, education and clinical services targeting males. For further information, refer to the full text of the award term and condition at www.grants.gov.
Posted on 6/09/09

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Review of Family Planning Program Released by the Institute of Medicine

On May 26, 2009, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released "A Review of the HHS Family Planning Program: Mission, Management, and Measurement of Results." Findings in the report are largely positive, and the report also identifies areas where there are opportunities to strengthen the program in meaningful ways. Included in the report is the recommendation that family planning be re-established as a core value in public health practice, and the report urges DHHS and Congress to support the Title X program as a leading voice for the nation's family planning effort.
Posted on 6/3/09


Report of Second Healthy People 2010 Progress Review on Family Planning Now Available

A report summarizing the second Healthy People 2010 progress review on family planning is now available on the Healthy People Web site at www.healthypeople.gov. The report includes an update on the data trends, a summary of key challenges and current strategies, and suggestions for next steps to enable further progress toward achieving the objectives.
Posted on 4/2/09


OPA Announces the Availability of Funds for the Embryo Donation and/or Adoption Awareness Program

The Office of Population Affairs announces the availability of funds for cooperative agreements under the Embryo Donation and/or Adoption Awareness program. The purpose of this funding is to increase the public's awareness of the use of frozen embryos as a family building alternative. The maximum amount of funding that will be considered for a single application under this announcement is $500,000. There is no minimum amount which can be requested. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 22, 2009. Applications for this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) may be obtained through Grants.gov at http://www.grants.gov.
Posted on 3/30/09


OPA Announces the Availability of Funds for Family Planning Research

The Office of Population Affairs announces the availability of funds for cooperative agreements for Family Planning Research. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to obtain data or research-based information which can be used to help improve the delivery of family planning services. The deadline for applications is May 26, 2009. Applications for this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) may be obtained through Grants.gov at http://www.grants.gov.
The announcement can be found here.
Posted on 3/30/09

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OPA is on Twitter.com

You can now follow OPA on Twitter. Visit https://twitter.com/opa1 to join.
Posted on 3/3/09


First Issue of OPA Research & Evaluation Update Now Available

The Office of Population Affairs, Office of Research and Evaluation has developed the first issue of the quarterly OPA Research & Evaluation Update. This web-based publication includes summaries of recently published OPA-supported research, summaries of other relevant recently published research articles, and research and evaluation updates from federal agencies and national organizations.

Posted on 2/20/09


2009 Family Planning Services Funding Opportunities

The Office of Population Affairs, Office of Family Planning, announces the availability of Fiscal Year 2009 funds for Family Planning Services grants.
Posted on 8/15/08


Family Planning Services Technical Assistance Conference Calls

The Office of Family Planning will conduct several technical assistance conference calls for potential applicants interested in applying for the 2009 Family Planning Services funding opportunities. Scheduled Date: November 5, 2008.
Posted on 10/20/08


HHS Awards Grants for Frozen Embryo Donation/Adoption Awareness

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced the award of five new Embryo Donation/Adoption Awareness Grants totaling $2.18 million. The projects are part of a public awareness campaign to educate Americans about the existence of frozen embryos available for donation and or adoption.
Posted on 10/15/08

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OAPP Announces a New Acting Director

Alicia Richmond Scott has been appointed as the Acting Director for the Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs (OAPP). Ms. Scott also serves as a Public Health Analyst with OAPP. She has worked in the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) for more than 10 years where she monitors AFL prevention and care demonstration grants. In addition to her project officer responsibilities, she provides policy and program development in areas such as teen pregnancy and reproductive health to the office and leads the annual grantee conferences and evaluation projects. Ms. Scott received her Masters degree in Social Work from Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Posted on 10/8/08


HHS Awards Four New Adolescent Family Life (AFL) Prevention Demonstration Grants

The Office of Populations Affairs of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced the award of four new Adolescent Family Life (AFL) Prevention Demonstration Grants totaling $2.8 million.
Posted on 9/26/08


New Funding Opportunity for Research Project Grant Applications

Between fiscal years 2005-2007, the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) made a series of research awards through two standing announcements-one for Title X Service Delivery Improvement research and one for Title XX Adolescent Family Life research. These announcements invited and funded research proposals, on an annual basis, for three years. A new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) - PAR-08-999 - is posted on http://www.Grants.gov. Under this FOA, OPA intends to make available approximately $750,000 to support 3-4 new grants in the years 2008, 2009, and 2010. The next submission deadlines are January 15, 2009 and 2010.
Posted on 9/22/08


Male Family Planning Research Cooperative Agreement Technical Assistance Conference Call

The Office of Family Planning will be conducting a technical assistance conference call for potential applicants interested in applying for the 2008 Male Family Planning Research Cooperative Agreement funding opportunity. Scheduled Date: 16 July.


OPA Announces the Availability of Approximately $1.5 million for the Male Family Planning Research Cooperative Agreements

The Office of Population Affairs announces the availability of funds to test a comprehensive service delivery model and evaluate its effectiveness and replicability in Title X clinics. OPA is requesting applications from public and private non-profit organizations that are interested in participating in a multi-site research study testing a comprehensive family planning delivery model for males. OPA expects to make new awards to five project sites with a first year award of $225,000 and one coordinating center with a first year award of $375,000. FY2008 funds will be awarded to funded projects for a period of up to five years. The due date for submission is July 25, 2008.

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OPA Announces the Availability of Approximately $1.5 million for Natural Family Planning Research Grants

The Office of Population Affairs announces the availability of funds to strengthen the evidence base for NFP practices through the study of social and cultural factors that influence NFP use and document its effectiveness in preventing unintended pregnancies. OPA is requesting applications from public and private non-profit organizations, including community-based organizations. OPA expects to make new awards to five to ten projects sites with annual awards from $150,000 to $200,000. FY2008 funds will be awarded to funded projects for a period of up to three years. The due date for submission is July 25, 2008.


Family Planning Regional Training Technical Assistance Conference Call

The Office of Family Planning will be conducting a technical assistance conference call for potential applicants interested in applying for the 2008 Family Planning Training funding opportunity. Scheduled Date: June 4, 2008.


OPA Announces the Availability of Approximately $4.7 million for Family Planning Regional General Training and Technical Assistance Projects

The Office of Population Affairs announces the availability of funds to establish and operate one general training and technical assistance project in each of the ten Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Public Health Service (PHS) Regions. The purpose of the family planning general training program is to ensure that all levels of personnel working in Title X family planning service projects have the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for the effective delivery of high quality family planning services. The due date for submission is June 30, 2008.


HHS Announces the Availability of $15.4 million for Expanded Title X Family Planning Services

The Office of Population Affairs announces the availability of supplemental expansion funds for the purpose of expanding clinical family planning services through existing family planning services grant projects funded under Title X of the Public Health service Act. This is anticipated to result in additional services to populations in need of services, particularly low-income individuals who are not currently accessing services.


OPA Posts a New Funding Opportunity Announcement for 4 to 5 Cooperative Agreements in the Embryo Donation and/or Adoption Public Awareness Campaign

The purpose of the 3 year agreement is to continue to educate Americans about the existence of frozen embryos (resulting from in-vitro fertilization) which may be available for adoption. Grant awards will range from $350,000 to $500,000. The application deadline is June 16, 2008.

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New Funding Opportunity for Research Project Grant Applications

The Office of Populations Affairs (OPA) has posted a new funding opportunity for Research Project Grant (R01) applications from organizations that propose to conduct relevant studies which will promote improvements in the delivery of services in the Title X family planning program administered by the Office of Family Planning in OPA. The purpose of this grant announcement is to encourage applied research attention to the following areas: 1) Clinic Efficiency Models; 2) Service Integration; and 3) Targeted Populations.


OASH Discontinues Use of the Federal Register to Announce Funding Opportunities

Effective immediately, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), Office of Grants Management will no longer publish information about new competitive grant funding opportunities in the Federal Register. To obtain information about current grant funding opportunities, grantee organizations may visit GrantSolutions.gov where you will be able to view the opportunities and submit applications electronically. If you are a new applicant organization, that has never had a grantee relationship with a grant program serviced by the OASH Grants Management Office, then please visit Grants.gov where you will be able to view the opportunities and submit applications electronically.

Title X Family Planning Provider Database

The Title X Family Planning database provides the ability to search for Family Planning providers in your area.

aids.gov logoAIDS.gov Website

The Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new website, AIDS.gov. This website serves as an informational gateway to Federal domestic HIV/AIDS information, programs, and resources. AIDS.gov is designed to help you, the user, locate the information you need regarding HIV/AIDS quickly and easily.

4Parents.gov

Parents can have a strong, positive influence on the decisions their teens make about risk behaviors. 4Parents.gov and a "Parents, Speak Up!" guide provide parents with the information and tools they need to start those sensitive conversations that will help their teens make the healthiest choices. "Teen Chat" is a similar guide for teens.


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HHS announces new Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs

Susan Orr, Ph.d., was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs (DASPA) on February 3, 2008. Dr. Orr was first appointed as the Acting DASPA on October 15, 2007. In this position, Dr. Orr advises the Assistant Secretary for Health on issues regarding population affairs, and is responsible for carrying out the provisions of the Family Planning and Adolescent Family Life (AFL) programs authorized by Title X and Title XX of the Public Health Service Act.

Since May 14, 2001, Dr. Orr previously served as the Associate Commissioner of the Children's Bureau, in the Administration on Children, Youth and Families and under the Assistant Secretary of the Administration of Children and Families, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Prior to joining the Bush Administration, Dr. Orr was the Senior Director for Social Policy at the Family Research Council; prior to that she served as Director of the Center for Social Policy at the Reason Public Policy Institute. Dr. Orr previously served at the Administration on Children, Youth and Families during 1992-98 as a Special Assistant to the Commissioner, and as a Child Welfare Program Specialist at the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect.

Dr. Orr received her bachelor's degree in politics at the University of Dallas; both her M.A. and Ph.D. in government are from the Claremont Graduate School. She has published in the fields of political philosophy, American government, and child and family policy, in both academic and general audience publications.


OPA Announces New Funding Opportunity for Adolescent Family Life Prevention Programs

The Office of Population Affairs announces the availability of funds for new prevention demonstration grants through the Adolescent Family Life program. These grants will assist projects to develop, implement and evaluate multi-site primary abstinence education programs targeting youth ages 12-18 with "enriched" program models.


Family Planning Services Technical Assistance Conference Calls

The Office of Family Planning will conduct several technical assistance conference calls for potential applicants interested in applying for the 2008 Family Planning Services funding opportunities. Scheduled Date: February 6, 2008 at 2PM Eastern Time. Dial-in number: 877-597-8933

 

HHS Awards $10.3M for Expanded HIV Testing and Prevention Services in Title X Family Planning Projects

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), today announced 77 supplemental grant awards in 34 states or territories for the integration of HIV/AIDS testing and prevention services in Title X family planning service grantee projects.


HHS Awards a Cooperative Agreement to Implement a National Family Planning Training Center

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced a cooperative agreement to develop and implement a National Family Planning Training Center (NTC) with total funding of $500,000.

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HHS Awards Four New Grants to Improve Delivery of Family Planning Services

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, today announced the award of four new Family Planning Service Delivery Improvement (SDI) Research Grants totaling $746,826.


HHS Awards Three New Embryo Adoption Public Awareness Grants

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), today announced the award of three new Embryo Adoption Public Awareness Grants totaling $984,390. The projects are part of a public awareness campaign to educate Americans about the existence of frozen embryos available for donation and/or adoption.


2008 Family Planning Services Funding Opportunities

The Office of Population Affairs, Office of Family Planning, announces the availability of Fiscal Year 2008 funds for Family Planning Services grants. For further information and to apply electronically, please visit the GrantSolutions.gov system.


HHS Announces $7.8 Million for New Adolescent Family Life Prevention Demonstration Grant Projects

The Office of Populations Affairs of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced evaluation-intensive Adolescent Family Life (AFL) Prevention Demonstration Grants totaling $7.8 million over five years based on performance and availability of funds.

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HHS unveils "Parents Speak Up" National Campaign

This PSA campaign and new Web site will help parents talk to their kids about waiting to have sex.


Abstinence Education Evaluation Conferences

Two national conferences on "Abstinence Education Evaluation: Strengthening Programs through Scientific Evaluation" have been held under the leadership of OPA in co-sponsorship with the Administration on Children and Families (ACF). The first conference was held in Baltimore in 2005 and the second followed at the same location in March, 2007. In each instance, submissions describing evaluation results from abstinence education projects funded by OPA/OAPP and ACF were solicited, and an independent peer review process was carried out to select paper manuscripts and poster abstracts for conference presentation. In addition, state-of-the art presentations/discussions were featured along with technical assistance to improve program evaluations. (For detailed information on the more recent conference in March 2007, please visit the Abstinence Education Evaluation Conference Web site.)


OFP Announces FY 2006 Service Delivery Improvement Research Grant Awards

The Office of Family Planning (OFP), announces the award of FY 2006 Service Delivery Improvement Research Grants.


OPA Special Studies

The Office of Population Affairs has developed several evaluation projects with support from one-percent funding distributed by the Assistant Secretary for Health. The most recent projects include assessments of youth development approaches, parent involvement strategies, Title X evaluation needs, promising practices in couples-based family planning service delivery, strategies for addressing intimate partner violence, and the design of a cross-site evaluation for Title XX programs. In addition, the OPA completed two special studies examining HIV prevention and language assistance activities in Title X family planning clinics. The executive summaries are now available.

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