Tell Congress to support funding for DASH & TPPP!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Adolescent School Health (DASH) and the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) have played an essential role in maintaining sexual and reproductive health programming for young people nationwide.
DASH works to promote environments in which young people are empowered to make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health through collecting and analyzing data that informs action, developing new programming and tools to serve young people, and funding educational programming. Through these efforts, DASH has worked to not only prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancy, but ensure young people can live healthy, successful lives on their own terms.
TPPP was founded to support national evidence-based programming to support young people in maintaining their overall reproductive and sexual health. The program currently funds 91 grants to communities that are implementing teen pregnancy prevention programs and evaluating innovative approaches to preventing teen pregnancy. Through this programming, TPPP is working to fill gaps in services for young people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth, youth of color, and youth in foster care and juvenile justice systems.
Despite the intentions of TPPP, the Trump administration has repeatedly attempted to defund the program and manipulate the integrity of its standards by funding ineffective, abstinence based programming that shames and stigmatizes young people. In addition to maintaining funding for TPPP, Congress must act to ensure the program maintains its standards of evidence based programming that is free of bias or medically inaccurate information.
Together, these programs have reached over 3 million young people across the United States, and this number is only increasing. In order to continue and expand such critical programming, it is essential that advocates reach out now to demand their members of Congress to equitably fund these programs in FY 2021.
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