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Baltimore City (2007 – present)

Since 2007, through various funded projects, Healthy Teen Network has partnered with Baltimore City in support of adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Current projects include:

  • Healthy Teen Network provides capacity-building assistance (CBA) to support Baltimore City’s Maryland Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) grant. The core of the intervention includes the program assessment, CBA, implementation, and evaluation of the evidence-informed teen pregnancy prevention program, Making Proud Choices for Youth in Out-of-Home Care, and the development of an educational pregnancy prevention curriculum for service providers (2011 – present).
  • Healthy Teen Network provides capacity-building assistance to support Baltimore City implement evidence-based programs with quality and fidelity in city schools and Title X clinics, as part of the city’s U Choose Program, funded through the U.S. Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (2015 – present).
  • Healthy Teen Network leads the update to Baltimore City’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative Strategic Plan, as well as providing capacity-building assistance on evidence-based approaches and interventions (2015 – present).
Child Sex Trafficking Victims Services Initiative  (2014 – present)
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families

The Child Sex Trafficking Victims Services Initiative (CSTV) focuses on building the internal capacity of organizations to address sex trafficking among youth in the child welfare population. Healthy Teen Network, a subcontractor to the University of Maryland, School of Social Work, works with partners across Maryland to develop a screening assessment tool to identify youth who are or may be trafficked and develop training to support the utilization of the tool. Read more…

U.S. Department of Justice

In one of two grants awarded by the Department of Justice, University of Maryland was awarded $2.5 million to improve the identification, response, and support of child victims of trafficking across Maryland. This grant supports a multi-disciplinary, multi-jurisdictional approach to meeting the needs of these youth. Healthy Teen Network serves as a subcontractor on this grant, providing capacity-building assistance. Read more…

Crush, Phase II (2014 – present)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR)

Crush is a robust mobile health (mHealth) application with the ultimate intent to reduce pregnancy among Black and Latina adolescent girls. MetaMedia Training International and Healthy Teen Network developed Crush in 2013-2014 through a Phase I Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) contract funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC has advanced Healthy Teen Network and MetaMedia to SBIR Phase II to finalize Crush in 2015-2016. Read more…

The ♥Beat Project (2016 – present)
Texas A&M University

The ♥Beat Project seeks to fill an important gap in the teen pregnancy prevention programming field by developing an innovative, engaging, and technology-supported program for young people who are pregnant or parenting. These young families face multiple challenges as they strive to stay healthy, rear a healthy family, and establish relationships with caregivers, peers, and partners. Although a handful of programs have shown positive outcomes for young families, many are not available for replication, some are very expensive for low resource areas, and others are not sustainable models. The ♥Beat Project combines the elements of effective programs with technology to enhance human interaction and maximize learning opportunities to supply young mothers and fathers with the resources, information, and support they need to thrive.

Pulse (2015 – present)
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health

Healthy Teen Network will implement and rigorously evaluate Pulse, a five-year strategy to increase girls’ access to medically accurate, comprehensive, and confidential sexual health information. The goal of Pulse is to put the power of sexual health information, in English and Spanish, in the hands of millions of girls through an informative youth-engaging mobile application. Read more…

Baltimore City Projects (2007 – present)

Since 2007, through various funded projects, Healthy Teen Network has partnered with Baltimore City in support of adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Read more about past and current Baltimore City projects…

Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) (2013 – present)
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Family & Youth Services Bureau (FYSB)

Healthy Teen Network is one of five national partners on a subcontract to provide training and technical assistance to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), including the competitive, state, tribal, innovative strategies (PREIS), and competitive abstinence education (CAE) grantees to support the implementation of their plans to prevent teen pregnancy.

Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) (2011 – present)
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health

Healthy Teen Network currently subcontracts with Child Trends to provide training and TA to the 17 Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) grantees funded through U.S. Department of Health & Human Services(HHS), Office of Adolescent Health (OAH). Healthy Teen Network has been supporting the PAF grantees since 2011.  Healthy Teen Network provides capacity-building assistance for PAF grantees ranging from training, workshops, conferences, webinars, TA and coaching, and resource and tool development. Capacity-building assistance topics range from supporting pregnant and parenting teens, co-parenting, healthy relationships, engaging young fathers, interpersonal dating violence, education attainment, and continuous quality improvement.  Healthy Teen Network staff serve as task leads for the annual conference, technical assistance, and webinars.

Promoting Adolescent Health through School-Based HIV/STD Prevention and School-Based Surveillance (2012 – present)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Adolescent and School Health (CDC DASH)

Healthy Teen Network works with six other NGOs on this CDC DASH multi-prong project, to promote adolescent sexual health in schools through exemplary sexual health education (ESHE), safe and supportive environments, and sexual health services. Healthy Teen Network focuses on ESHE, providing technical assistance, customized in-person training and online learning opportunities to seventeen local education agencies.

Volt (2015 – present)
Merck and Co.

Healthy Teen Network has launched Volt, a project to generate energy around adolescent and young adult men’s (AYAM) health and well-being.  Volt seeks to increase AYAM access to and utilization of primary care, sexual and reproductive, and other health services, including immunizations from preventable diseases. Ultimately, Volt will help AYAM, both independently and with the support of caring adults, seize their own power to take charge of their health. Read more…

Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) (2011 – present)
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health

Healthy Teen Network is currently a subcontractor for Child Trends on the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI), funded through U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Office of Adolescent Health (OAH). Healthy Teen Network provides training and TA to state and local grantees to support the implementation of evidence-based interventions (EBIs) with fidelity to prevent teen pregnancy. Healthy Teen Network provides a wide range of training and TA, including tools, tip sheets, regional trainings, conferences, webinars, networking, and cluster TA calls for grantees.

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