Healthy Teen Network Awarded Grant for the Rigorous Evaluation of an Innovative Sexual Health App

Date: July 7th, 2015

HHS OAH Awards Over $86 Million in Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grants

Healthy Teen Network is pleased to share the news that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) has announced more than $86 million in teen pregnancy prevention grants to nonprofit organizations, school districts, universities, and others in the latest funding from the National Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. Eighty-one new grants will serve more than 291,000 youth each year, in communities with the greatest need. A list of award recipients and an overview of funded grant projects is available on the HHS website.

We know that countless hours of hard work went into first crafting the funding opportunity announcements by HHS staff, and then developing proposals by our colleagues and fellow applicants. Undoubtedly, reviewers faced the tough task of evaluating many worthy proposals. With all of our colleagues’ outstanding innovative work to support and empower youth happening across the country, there was stiff competition for this funding.

We extend our warmest congratulations to the award recipients, and we applaud OAH for its continued investment in the implementation of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs and funding the development and evaluation of new and innovative approaches. Evidence-based programs are just that—evidence-based, proven to be most effective through rigorous evaluation at reducing teen pregnancy and/or sexual risk-taking behaviors.

Admirably, the HHS Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program relies on evidence rather than ideology to provide our nation’s young people with access to medically accurate, age-appropriate programs and services that are proven to be effective. And new and innovative programs are cultivated…and evaluated…to be added to the list of programs known to work. This dedication to evaluation and evidence is the best way we can leverage our efforts, sustain our impact, and foster a world where all adolescents and young adults lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

Healthy Teen Network affirms the importance of sustaining this funding as critical to the sexaul and reproductive health infrascture across the country.

Healthy Teen Network Awarded Grant for the Rigorous Evaluation of an Innovative Sexual Health App

Healthy Teen Network is thrilled to announce that we have received a Tier 2B award, for the rigorous evaluation of new or innovative approaches to prevent teen pregnancy. We are one of 21 grantees who will be evaluating new interventions for preventing teen pregnancy and related risk behaviors.

Healthy Teen Network will implement and rigorously evaluate The Pulse Study, a five-year strategy to increase girls’ access to medically accurate, comprehensive, and confidential sexual health information. The goal of The Pulse Study is to put the power of sexual health information, in English and Spanish, in the hands of millions of girls through Crush, an informative, youth-engaging mobile application. We will conduct a randomized controlled trial during which we will assess changes in use of effective birth control and clinic utilization for sexual and reproductive health services.


We look forward to the advances and innovations to come, through this latest round of funding from the National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.
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