Overview and Inventory of HHS Efforts to Assist Incarcerated and Reentering Individuals and their Families . Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP): Research and Demonstration Programs and Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) - Tier 2 (FY 10-15)


Funding Mechanism: Cooperative Agreements

Total Available Funding: $25 million

Number of Awards: 19

Average Award Amount per Year: Ranging from $400,000 to $1 million per year

Length of Project Period: 5 years

Federal Partners: Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

Summary: The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) and the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) collaborated in funding competitive discretionary grants under two similar programs to support innovative youth pregnancy prevention strategies which are medially accurate and age appropriate. This single application process was developed to link the two programs which share a common goal and to help reduce the application burden on potential applicants by eliminating the need either to determine which program to apply for or to submit two applications.

TPP and PREP - Tier 2 is part of the larger OAH TPP Initiative which will support research and demonstration programs that will develop, replicate, refine, and test additional models and innovative strategies for preventing teenage pregnancy under the TPP program, and to implement innovative strategies for preventing teenage pregnancy and target services to identified populations under PREP. These populations include high-risk, vulnerable, and culturally under-represented youth populations, including youth in foster care, homeless youth, youth with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women or mothers who are under 21 years of age and their partners, and youth residing in areas with high birth rates for youth.

Background: The purpose of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative – Tier 2, funded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (Public Law 111-117), Division D, Title II of the Act, is to support research and demonstration grants to develop, replicate, refine and test additional models and innovative strategies for preventing teenage pregnancy. Programs funded demonstrate that they can carefully document the intervention for possible replication by others, demonstrate the capacity to conduct a process and outcome evaluation, and plan for the dissemination of findings through various means, including but not limited to, publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal. Funded projects are expected to address teenage pregnancy prevention and related risk behaviors in youth in communities with high need as demonstrated by high rates of teen birth or pregnancies or other associated sexual risk behaviors.

This program aims to increase the capacity of communities to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions for dissemination and replication by others. Funded projects must show that the proposed intervention is (a) based on some preliminary evidence as effectiveness, (b) a significant adaptation of an evidence-based program, or (c) is a new and innovative approach to teenage pregnancy prevention.

On September 30, 2010, OAH and ACF funded in two ranges:

  • Range A: $400,000 to $600,000 per year
  • Range B: $600,000 to $1,000,000 per year

Selected Grantees:

State of Alaska, Division of Public Health, Section of Women’s, Children’s & Family Health ( Anchorage, AK)

The State of Alaska, Division of Public Health, Section of Women’s, Children’s, and Family Health will implement a Making Proud Choices! adaptation using trained peer health educators. The project will target youth ages 11-19, in five communities: Anchorage, the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Kotzebue, and Bethel. Participants will be drawn from behavioral health residential facilities, alternative high schools, juvenile detention centers, foster care, and transitional housing; additionally, the project will serve Alaska Native youth living in rural areas that experience high teen pregnancy rates.

Contact: Sophie Wenzel, 907-269-3466, sophie.wenzel@alaska.gov

Complete state-by-state grantee lists available at:  http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/09/teenpregnancy_statebystate.html and http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/prevention/grantees/research.html

Future Prospects:  Dependent on appropriation


Evelyn Kappeler
Acting Director, Office of Adolescent Health
Phone: 240-453-2837
Email: Evelyn.Kappeler@hhs.gov


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