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About the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program

The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program is a national, evidence-based program that funds diverse organizations working to prevent teen pregnancy across the United States. OAH invests in both the implementation of evidence-based programs and the development and evaluation of new and innovative approaches to prevent teen pregnancy. The OAH TPP Program reaches adolescents age 10-19, with a focus on populations with the greatest need in order to reduce disparities in teen pregnancy and birth rates. OAH TPP Program grantees served half a million youth from FY2010-2014 and anticipate reaching 1.2 million youth in 39 states and the Marshall Islands in the next five years (FY2015-2019).

Established in 2010 with a Congressional mandate to fund medically accurate and age appropriate programs, the OAH TPP Program currently funds 84 grants to communities and five additional grants to provide capacity building assistance for funded organizations. Each of the 84 grants fall into one of the following categories:

  • Implementing evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs – those proven through rigorous evaluation to reduce teen pregnancy, behavioral risk factors underlying teen pregnancy, or other associated risk behaviors – to scale using a holistic-wide approach in safe and supportive environments, in trauma-informed ways, and with linkages and referrals to youth-friendly services to reach a large number of youth and communities;
  • Building the capacity of youth-serving organizations to implement, evaluate, and sustain evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs;
  • Supporting technology- and program-based innovations that are promising approaches to preventing teen pregnancy, but need further development before being ready for evaluation; and
  • Rigorously evaluating new and innovative approaches to preventing teen pregnancy. These are designed to fill gaps in the current evidence base and include interventions for males, Latino, American Indian, and LGBTQ youth, and youth in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, as well as interventions that are technology-based and/or in clinics, schools, and communities.

The five additional grants support the LEAD (Learn, Engage, Accelerate, and Deliver) Collaborative, a joint effort between five organizations to advance best practices and deepen the knowledge, skills, and capacity of OAH-funded TPP Program grantees in five key priority areas: (1) program implementation, (2) community mobilization and sustainability, (3) ensuring safe and supportive environments, (4) establishing and maintaining linkages and referrals to youth-friendly health care services, and (5) communications and dissemination.

During the first five years of the OAH TPP Program (Fiscal Years 2010-2014), there were 102 grantees who reached about half a million youth, trained more than 6,800 professionals, and established partnerships with over 3,800 community-based organizations across the U.S. At that time, the OAH TPP Program funded 41 rigorous, independent evaluation studies that significantly contributed to the field’s knowledge of where, when, and with whom programs are most effective. Learn more about the findings and impact of the first five years of the OAH TPP Program here.

More information about the TPP Program

OAH TPP Program Resources

To help communities implement high-quality, engaging programs, OAH provides free training materials, e-learning modules, webinars, and technical assistance. Visit the Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Pregnancy Assistance Fund Resource Center.

Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on February 13, 2017