HHS Awards Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Grants
HHS awards Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program grants
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) Director Evelyn Kappeler announced today more than $86 million in teen pregnancy prevention grants to non-profit organizations, school districts, universities, and others. The 81 new grants are expected to serve more than 291,000 youth each year in communities where teen birth rates remain high.
The OAH grants support replication of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs in communities with the greatest need; increase capacity in communities to serve vulnerable youth, including homeless youth, parenting youth and those in juvenile detention and foster care; fill gaps in the knowledge of what works to prevent teen pregnancy; and test new, innovative approaches to combating teen pregnancy. These awards provide the first year of funding for a five-year grant period.
“The HHS Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program provides an opportunity for a broad range of programs to have a lasting impact on reducing teen pregnancy,” said Kappeler. “The grants are focused on reaching young people in communities where high teen pregnancy rates persist.”
“Evidence-Based” seems to be the newest terminology. I am concerned that this might not always be applied as “empirically gathered and tested” evidence. The Wiki states:
The core activities at the root of evidence-based medicine can be identified as:
-a questioning approach to practice leading to scientific experimentation
-meticulous observation, enumeration, and analysis replacing anecdotal case description, for instance, EBSCO’s Dynamed.
-recording and cataloguing the evidence for systematic retrieval.
However, in spite of the enthusiasm for EBP over the last decade or two, some authors have redefined EBP in ways that contradict, or at least add other factors to, the original emphasis on empirical research foundations. For example, EBP may be defined as treatment choices based not only on outcome research but also on practice wisdom (the experience of the clinician) and on family values (the preferences and assumptions of a client and his or her family or subculture).
I don’t know about application of the term. I can see it being mangled by Fox News Preachers.