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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Bureau of Population Affairs, announced more than $6 million for Title X Family Planning Research Grants, Research Center Grants to practice and evaluation grants and research on teen pregnancy prevention, as part of its work to protect and expand access to reproductive health care.
The funding aims to improve service delivery, promote the adoption of healthy behaviors and reduce existing health disparities.
This is one of several steps HHS has taken to ensure reproductive health services following the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT
Title X Family Planning Research Grants are intended to conduct research or analysis to generate information that will improve the delivery of family planning services and expand equitable access to quality sexual and reproductive health services offered in under Title X of the Public Health Services Act.
Five research organizations received a total of $2.8 million.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Research Grant projects explore new questions in teen pregnancy prevention and adolescent sexual and reproductive health to improve efficiency, effectiveness and quality of these programs for adolescents or young adults, and to reduce existing disparities.
Funded recipients will conduct research or analysis to generate information that:
- Identify factors that improve the quality, access, and equity of programs to prevent teenage or young adult pregnancy, or that reduce existing disparities.
- Identify and/or validate core program components or “active ingredients” essential for teen pregnancy prevention programs and practices to produce desired results
- Scale and conduct testing of emerging innovations in adolescent sexual health to generate early data and prepare for future rigorous impact evaluation.
Four organizations received $1.2 million.
The Center to Practice Research Grants projects will synthesize and put into practice existing research to improve adolescent health and may ultimately help reduce teen pregnancy. Projects will focus on expanding the delivery of inclusive and trauma-informed practices in adolescent sexual and reproductive health programs and care. They will focus on bringing adolescent sexual and reproductive health research to youth-serving professionals.
Two organizations received $2.1 million.
THE GREAT TREND
Since the Supreme Court’s decision, HHS has taken several steps to ensure patients’ access to reproductive health care and to provide hospitals and physicians with guidance on emergency abortions. The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act protects providers when providing legally mandated, life-saving, or life-saving abortion services as stabilizing care for emergency medical conditions, the HHS Secretary said. , Xavier Becerra, to providers in a July letter.
Becerra and CMS Administrator Brooks-LaSure sent a letter to U.S. governors urging them to work with CMS and seek Medicaid 1115 waivers to provide increased access to care for women in states where reproductive rights are under attack and who may be denied medical care.
HHS released a proposed rule that would strengthen regulations interpreting the Affordable Care Act’s non-discrimination provision and reinforce that discrimination based on sex includes discrimination based on pregnancy or related conditions.
HHS issued guidelines to about 60,000 U.S. retail pharmacies clarifying their obligations under federal civil rights laws.
HHS announced nearly $3 million in new funding to strengthen training and technical assistance for the nationwide network of Title X family planning providers.
HHS has issued guidelines to clarify protections for birth control coverage under the ACA. Under the ACA, most private health plans are required to provide contraceptive and family planning counseling at no additional cost.
“These new research grants will provide information that will help our community partners provide essential, client-centered reproductive health services,” said ADM Rachel L. Levine, Assistant Secretary of Health.
“We are excited to fund new and innovative research that will enhance the work of our grantees working to provide essential reproductive health services across the United States,” said Jessica Swafford Marcella, HHS Deputy Undersecretary for Business of Population and Director of the Office of Adolescent Health. .
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