HHS awards grants to promote abstinence education for teenagers – Newsletter: web site address: www.aafp.org/afp

HHS awards grants to promote abstinence education for teenagers – Newsletter: web site address: www.aafp.org/afp – Brief Article

Matthew Neff

HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson recently announced 95 new community-based abstinence education grants totaling $27.7 million to assist communities in the creation and implementation of abstinence-only education and related programs for young people 12 to 18 years of age. The HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration awarded 40 implementation grants totaling $18.3 million and 18 planning grants totaling almost $1.6 million to public and private entities such as community-based and faith-based organizations, hospitals, health centers, school systems, and other youth services agencies. A separate HHS entity, the Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs, released $7.8 million in grants for 37 abstinence demonstration projects to be run by public and private agencies, universities, hospitals, and faith-based organizations. The abstinence education programs are designed to reduce the number of adolescents who have engaged in premarital sexual activity, thereby reducing the number of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. “Abstinence education programs create an environment within communities that supports teens in their decision to remain abstinent until marriage,” said Secretary Thompson.

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