Friday, July 31, 2015
The Office of Adolescent Health awarded $1.6 million to support one state health department and two state education departments to develop and implement programs to improve the health, educational, and social outcomes for expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families. The funds are provided through the Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF), which was established by the Affordable Care Act. Each grant is funded for a five-year project period.
These new grantees will join the existing 17 PAF grantees, as they all implement projects to strengthen pregnant and parenting teens and young adults access to and completion of education, and improve child and maternal health outcomes. Young parents receive information related to pregnancy planning and spacing with the hopes of reducing the likelihood of repeat teen pregnancies. The PAF programs also focus on improving parenting skills for mothers and fathers and strengthening parenting relationships. Programs also address preventing the likelihood of intimate partner violence.
Pregnancy Assistance Fund Grantees (FY2015 to FY2019)
|Mississippi State Department of Health||Jackson||MS||$636,939|
|Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education||Jefferson City||MO||$637,888|
|New Hampshire Department of Education||Concord||NH||$381,731|
Find more information on the Pregnancy Assistance Fund program, http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/oah-initiatives/paf/