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HHS Announces Programs that Would Have, but Cannot, Receive $19.4 Million in Grants for Tier 1 of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program

HHS will award $5.2 M for Tier 2
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Contact: ASH Media Office

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) announced the organizations it was prepared to issue awards to as part of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program, but to which HHS cannot issue those awards, because of lawsuits filed by organizations that opposed the funding opportunity announcement. The intended grantees would have received a total of $19.4 M to fund 41 new TPP program Tier 1 grants. These grants would have implemented a wide variety of teen pregnancy prevention curricula in diverse communities, populations, and settings across 36 States, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

One court dismissed a challenge to HHS’s funding announcements, which would have cleared the way for HHS to issue these grants. But two other courts issued orders at the end of August prohibiting HHS from issuing these grants under the funding opportunity announcement. Those suits were brought by Planned Parenthood of New York City and Multnomah County in Oregon. None of those plaintiffs will receive funds under the FY 2018 Tier 1 Funding Opportunity Announcement because the court orders prohibit it.
Tier 1 projects are ready to replicate one of two effective adolescent programs that include the protective factors shown to be effective in preventing teen pregnancy and/or sexual risk behaviors with the result of improving healthy youth decision-making and enhancing protective factors. Approved applicants chose curricula that replicated one of two evidence-based programs: the Tool to Assess the Characteristics of Effective Sex and STD/HIV Education Programs or the Systematic Method for Assessing Risk-avoidance Tool (SMARTool).

In a separate part of the TPP program not covered by those court orders, OAH is announcing $5.2 million for Tier 2 cooperative agreements to develop and test new and innovative strategies to prevent teen pregnancy, improve adolescent health and address youth sexual risk holistically by focusing on protective factors. Fourteen awards are being made to a broad range of organizations (universities, school districts, State health departments, and non-profit organizations), to implement both sexual risk reduction and sexual risk avoidance approaches, and interventions using a variety of implementation strategies and curricula.

The overall goal of the TPP program is to give youth the information and skills that will enable them to prevent pregnancy and related risks, in order to successfully navigate from adolescence into adulthood. Tier 1 and Tier 2 are designed to serve teens most vulnerable to teen pregnancy, STDs, multiple partners, and other risks associated with sexual activity.

Tier 1 approved, but unfunded awards:

Organization City State Recommended Funding Amount
Ambassadors for Christ Youth Ministries Inc. Pine Bluff AR $500,000
The East Los Angeles Community Union Los Angeles CA $500,000
County of Sacramento Sacramento CA $500,000
The Center for Relationship Education Denver CO $499,485
State of Connecticut Department of Public Health Hartford CT $500,000
Assoc. of Maternal & Child Hlth Program Washington DC $498,499
OIC of Broward County Inc. Fort Lauderdale FL $500,000
Be Strong International Inc. Palmetto Bay FL $500,000
Bethany Christian Services of Georgia Atlanta GA $500,000
Gibson Community Hospital Gibson City IL $349,936
Health Care Education and Training Inc. Indianapolis IN $500,000
Social Innovation Laboratory Emporia KS $372,194
Lake Cumberland District Health Department Somerset KY $499,007
Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center Lafayette LA $500,000
Family Services of the Merrimack Valley Lawrence MA $399,826
Child Trends Inc Bethesda MD $500,000
AFC Scholarship Foundation Inc. Waldorf MD $500,000
Bethany Christian Services of Michigan Grand Rapids MI $500,000
Asian Media Access Incorporated Minneapolis MN $500,000
Better Family Life Inc. St. Louis MO $500,000
SR1 Ridgeland MS $298,000
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Helena MT $500,000
Duke University Durham NC $500,000
New Jersey Physicians Advisory Group Inc. Fanwood NJ $500,000
Capacity Builders Inc. Farmington NM $434,009
Southern Nevada Health District Las Vegas NV $500,000
Sunset Park Health Council Inc. Brooklyn NY $500,000
Gay Men's Health Crisis Inc. New York NY $500,000
City of Columbus Columbus OH $500,000
Northwest Family Services Portland OR $500,000
Delta Community Supports Inc. Blue Bell PA $305,489
Health Rhode Island Department of Providence RI $500,000
United States Parents Involved in Education Lugoff SC $500,000
Rural America Initiatives Rapid City SD $499,995
Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee Knoxville TN $281,851
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Dallas TX $487,561
University of Texas Hlth Sci Ctr San Antonio San Antonio TX $500,000
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond VA $481,484
Unique Xpression Ministries Inc St. Thomas VI $488,409
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee Milwaukee WI $500,000
Mission West Virginia Inc. Hurricane WV $500,000

Tier 2:

Organization City State Funded Amount
Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services Tucson AZ $375,000
Morehouse School of Medicine Atlanta GA $374,773
Sexual Health Education Inc. Cedar Rapids IA $375,000
Kent Intermediate School District Grand Rapids MI $375,000
Delta Health Alliance Inc. Stoneville MS $374,943
Public Health And Human Services Montana Department Of Helena MT $375,000
National Indian Youth Leadership Development Project Inc. Albuquerque NM $375,000
Healthy Visions Montgomery OH $375,000
Thrive Inc. Oklahoma OK $375,000
Northwest Family Services Portland OR $374,463
Public Health Management Corporation Philadelphia PA $375,000
University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio San Antonio TX $373,492
Urban Strategies LLC Arlington VA $370,270
Washington State Department of Health Tumwater WA $375,000
TOTAL: $5,242,941


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Content last reviewed on September 26, 2018