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Meet the Director

Evelyn M. Kappeler, Director of the HHS Office of Adolescent HealthEvelyn M. Kappeler is the Director of the HHS Office of Adolescent Health, a position she has held since July 29, 2012. As the director, she oversees the implementation of two grant programs, the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program and the Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF). The national evidence-based TPP program is a competitive grant program that works to prevent teen pregnancy through the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based TPP programs. The Pregnancy Assistance Fund is a competitive grant program for states and Tribal entities to support expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families. The office also launched Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow® (TAG), a national call to action for adolescent health.

Previously, Ms. Kappeler served as the Acting Director of the HHS Office of Population Affairs (OPA) where she managed the office and oversaw an expansion of the Title X National Family Planning Program; strengthened the performance and evaluation of the Adolescent Family Life Program; and revitalized OPA research and communications activities. During her tenure as a senior policy analyst in ASPE, she handled numerous special projects and policy briefings on family planning, family and child care issues, and adolescent health.

Ms. Kappeler began her career in Washington, DC, as a legislative assistant in the Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois. A graduate of the State University of New York at Brockport, she has been awarded numerous commendations and awards for outstanding government service.

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Content last reviewed on May 13, 2019