Explore OPA’s New Web Content about Adolescent Health

Newly Published OPA Web Content about Adolescent Health

OPA recently published new web content on physical health in developing adolescents. Parents and caring adults can learn how to support adolescents in making healthy food choices, being active, and engaging in their own healthcare. Adolescents and families can learn about the importance of clinical preventive services and how adolescents can take steps to manage their healthcare. Discover how healthy behavior—like good nutrition, physical activity, and staying on schedule with vaccines—supports health for adolescents into adulthood.  

OPA has published information regarding substance use in adolescence, including information about adolescent alcohol, tobacco, and drug use and how parents and caring adults can help to prevent it. Additionally, OPA has web content about mental health for adolescents, including access to mental healthcare and mental health resources.  

Forecasted Title X Funding Opportunities 

OPA has two new forecasts for Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs). OPA expects both opportunities to be posted on October 15, 2021 and applications to be due on January 15, 2022. Please share this information with your networks.  

  • The Family Planning Services Delivery Grants will focus on supporting national efforts to achieve health equity by implementing and expanding access to affordable, client-centered, quality family planning services, with a priority to provide services to low-income clients.  
  • The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the use of telehealth as a way for quality healthcare service, the Family Planning Telehealth Infrastructure Enhancement and Expansion Grants supports the expansion and improvement of family planning services via telehealth. This funding opportunity will make services accessible to vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations.  

Healthcare.gov’s Special Enrollment Period Closes August 15, 2021

Americans who need health coverage can sign up at Healthcare.gov by August 15 to receive affordable health coverage. The 2021 Special Enrollment Period offers new and existing consumers an opportunity to update or create a new application and newly enroll or change their current plan selection. Before the deadline, consumers can apply on HealthCare.gov and select a new plan and take advantage of reduced premiums, increased savings, and quality, affordable health coverage.  

HPV VAX NOW Campaign 

The Office on Women's Health (OWH) launched the second phase of its HPV VAX NOW campaign, aimed at building awareness of the risk of HPV-related cancers and increasing HPV vaccine initiation and completion rates among young men and women ages 18 to 26 in Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas. Resources may be useful for healthcare and public health professionals in other states and include information for young adults, guidance and resources for healthcare providers, a toolkit to reach young adults, and a toolkit to reach healthcare providers. 

HHS Challenge: Engaging Communities to Reduce HIV-Related Stigma and Increase Prevention and Treatment Among Racial and Ethnic Minority People 

The HIV Challenge seeks innovative and effective approaches to increase the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis medication (PrEP) and antiretroviral therapy (ART) among people who have HIV or are at increased risk for HIV. The HIV Challenge is open to the public, and HHS will award a total of $760,000 to 15 winners over three phases. Phase one submissions are due by September 23, 2021.

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