Health & Science

Planned Parenthood awarded federal grant for teen pregnancy prevention work

Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho will use a federal grant to implement evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs in high-need communities in the region, including Franklin County.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health will provide about $950,000 a year for five years for the work.

The program will reach about 2,000 youths a year in four communities with high teen pregnancy rates. They are Yakima, Franklin and Okanogan counties and the city of Spokane.

“The numbers in these counties clearly indicate that communities must provide access to age-appropriate, medically accurate, evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs at multiple times over the course of adolescence in order to achieve lasting impact and significant reduction in teen pregnancy rates. That’s exactly what this program achieves,” said Ian Sullivan, education manager, in a news release.

Karl Eastlund, CEO, added that, “Our goal at Planned Parenthood has always been to provide the resources and tools for young people to make the healthiest choices possible, to take charge of their futures, and achieve their dreams. We greatly appreciate the support and involvement our community partners and (Office of Adolescent Health) for the opportunity to implement this program.”