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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 ages 10-19, with a focus on populations with the greatest need in order to reduce disparities in teen pregnancy and birth rates.

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. 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 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.

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 United States. 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.

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Content last reviewed on February 13, 2017