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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Working with Publicly Funded Health Centers to Reduce Teen Pregnancy among Youth from Vulnerable Populations

Deadline: May 15, 2015

This program is a new five-year initiative to: 1) enhance publicly funded health centers’ capacity to provide youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services; and 2) increase the number of youth accessing sexual and reproductive health services by working with youth-serving systems to develop strategies to refer and link vulnerable youth to care and increasing awareness of the health centers’ services in the local community through communication efforts. All proposed strategies and approaches should contribute to the long-term outcomes of reduction in teen pregnancy and births. Sexual and reproductive health services includes services such as sexual health assessment, contraceptive and/or sexual health counseling, health exams (e.g. pelvic exam, pap test), insertion of or prescription of contraception or IUD, STD screening and/or treatment and HIV testing.

Vulnerable youth include those at risk of health disparities due to low socioeconomic status (SES), race/ethnicity, exposure to social determinants negatively affecting health (e.g., poor housing, poor education, stressful neighborhood environment, high community unemployment, etc.), being out of school, living in foster care, homelessness, having experienced trauma or abuse, geography (e.g., remote rural areas with limited services, marginalized urban communities), involvement with juvenile justice, substance abuse, being a pregnant/expecting teen, or a teen parent. Thus, vulnerability is not limited to race/ethnicity.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) supports: 1) the implementation of evidence-based clinical recommendations and youth-friendly best practices; and 2) the development and institutionalization of referral and linkage mechanisms from systems serving vulnerable youth to publicly funded health centers providing sexual and reproductive health services. Applicants will develop and implement strategies within a network of publicly funded health centers and youth-serving systems.

Amount: $9,750,000 is available for three awards; the expected first year funding amount is $650,000 and awards are up to 5 years in duration.

Eligibility: Private institutions of higher education; small businesses; city or township governments; State governments; public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; independent school districts; county governments; nonprofits; for profit organizations other than small businesses; Native American tribal governments; public and State controlled institutions of higher education; and special district governments. Applicants must propose implementing strategies and activities in a state that has teen birth rates higher than the 2013 national average (26.6 births per 1,000 female adolescents ages 15-19). In addition, proposed health centers and youth-serving systems should be in an area (county, city) with high teen birth rates (above 26.6 births per 1,000 female adolescents ages 15-19).

Link: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=274991

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