Maintain Funding for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs
The Office of Adolescent Health, a subdivision of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is the main source of federal funding for high-quality adolescent pregnancy prevention through the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program. The initiative distributes federal grants to dozens of public and private organizations to implement and evaluate evidence-based strategies to reduce teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and risky sexual behaviors. The program was supposed to be funded through 2020, but DHHS recently notified grant recipients that their funding will instead end 2 years early on June 30, 2018. HHS reported that they were withdrawing the funding because the TPP was not aligned with the Trump administration's priorities. The abrupt funding reduction will force dozens of organizations to scale back their teen pregnancy prevention work, lay off workers, or even close entirely. Many communities rely on TPP funding to provide comprehensive, effective sex education to adolescents. HHS's heartless withdrawal of grant funding endangers both public health employees and the thousands of teenagers reached by TPP-funded programs. Contact your Members of Congress and HHS director Tom Price and urge them to reinstate funding through 2020 for the TPP. "