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Positive Prevention PLUS

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A comprehensive school-based sexual health education and teen pregnancy prevention curriculum to improve high school students' communication and negotiation skills that will help them communicate assertively, abstain from sexual intercourse, and use birth control effectively.

Positive Prevention PLUS, as a sexual health education and teen pregnancy prevention program designed to be delivered in schools, can be funded with prevention and health promotion dollars focused on high-risk adolescents, as well as education funds.

Improving the Use of Existing Public Funds

To the extent that existing health education and pregnancy prevention programs are not evidence-based, a local school district or community agency can consider re-directing teaching time and funds into Positive Prevention PLUS to get better outcomes.

Allocating State or Local General Funds

Local school districts may support Positive Prevention PLUS with school district funding. In addition, state and local health departments as well as city youth development offices may offer grants supporting sex education and pregnancy prevention.

Maximizing Federal Funds

Formula Funds:

  • Title IV, of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a new block grant funded at $400 million in FY 2017, provides funds to states by formula for services that keep students safe and healthy and well-rounded. ESSA specifies that activities that help to prevent dating violence and sexual abuse can be funded with Title IV funds.
  • The Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), administered by the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Service Bureau (FYSB) was funded at $75 million in FY 16, and is administered by formula to states and territories for evidence-based programs that educate adolescents on both abstinence and contraception to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) is a formula grant that states use to provide cash assistance and work supports to needy families. One of the four stated purposes of TANF funding is to prevent and reduce out-of-wedlock pregnancies and many states have used TANF to support pregnancy prevention programs.
  • The Social Services Block Grant Program (SSBG) provides states very flexible dollars to fund a variety of social service programs. State social service agencies may allocate some portion of these funds toward pregnancy programs.
  • The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is administered from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to localities to support community economic development. Fifteen percent of these funds can be used to support a wide range of public services. Cities may choose to direct some portion of these funds to pregnancy prevention programs.

Discretionary Grants:

  • HHS Office of Adolescent Health Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) grants, funded at $101 million in FY 17 are administered competitively by OAH and support evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs.
  • CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) office administers funding to support HIV, STD, and unintended pregnancy prevention.
  • The Administration for Children and Families, Family Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) also occasionally releases competitive funding requests focused on pregnancy prevention for at-risk teens.

Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships

Foundations, particularly those interested in adolescent health and pregnancy prevention and evidence-based practices, can be considered for training and curriculum purchase dollars.