Published January 2021
OPA's 2020 Year in Review
As 2021 begins, the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) is reflecting on the many accomplishments of our staff and grantees during the past year. In 2020, the Title X Family Planning Program turned 50, and the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program celebrated its 10th anniversary! Our programs have been incredibly creative in adapting to the complex challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about OPA’s grant programs and the impact our grantees have made in their communities.
Title X Turned 50!
Since it was first enacted in 1970, the Title X Family Planning Program has made quality family planning and related preventive health services accessible to millions of low-income and uninsured Americans. During the COVID-19 pandemic, grantees have adapted their programs to ensure clients continue to receive the services they need through telehealth and drive-by appointments. This year proved how flexible, innovative, and resilient our grantees are. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Title X, OPA’s website features a timeline of Title X milestones, grantee profiles, an infographic, and a partner toolkit with ready-to-use social media tools. Read the HHS blog post by Dr. Diane Foley to learn more about Title X and the grantees that make the program so successful. Join the conversation on Twitter with @HHSPopAffairs and #TitleXTurns50.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Highlights
In 2020, OPA hosted a virtual event to showcase program findings, including seven live presentations and a demonstration day with presentations from 49 grantees. OPA supported 78 Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program grants that replicate effective programs to improve optimal health for adolescents across 28 states, DC, and Puerto Rico. Grantees served over 180,000 youth and their families in 2020. OPA also funded 17 new TPP demonstration grants to develop and test new and innovative interventions. In May, OPA marked the 10th anniversary of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM), which celebrates the historic decline in the teen birth rate in the U.S. Significant declines have occurred in all 50 states and among all racial/ethnic groups, yet disparities persist and there is still work to be done. Stay tuned for details on how to celebrate NTPPM in May 2021!
Youth Voices Matter!
OPA is a leading voice in the federal government in championing the meaningful engagement of young people. Between 2017 and 2019, OPA led a Youth Listening Session collaborative pilot with 13 TPP grantees to test youth engagement strategies and develop grantee resources to lift and value the voices of the young people we serve. In 2020, OPA staff presented a session on incorporating youth voices in adolescent health programs at the virtual American Public Health Association 2020 Annual Meeting. Download the Listen Up! Toolkit to learn strategies for applying youth voices to your programs.
New "What It's Like" Videos
This year, OPA released three “What It’s Like” videos that feature youth from TPP programs sharing their perspectives on healthy adolescent relationships, positive youth development, and physical activity. At 45 to 90 seconds in length, these videos are ideal for sharing with your networks on social media.
Pregnancy Assistance Fund Program Achievements
The Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) program ended in fiscal year 2019 and its grantees closed out their projects in 2020, but the impact of the program carries on. For 10 years PAF grantees worked to improve educational, health, economic, and social outcomes and to change the lives of pregnant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families for the better. OPA staff and PAF grantees published their program evaluation findings in a September 2020 special supplement to the Maternal and Child Health Journal. Read profiles of PAF successful strategies and watch videos about the PAF program on the OPA YouTube channel.
Spread the Word with These Posts
- We are proud to join @HHSPopAffairs in celebrating 50 years of Title X! The Title X program plays a critical role in ensuring access to family planning and preventive health services across the U.S. Learn more about the program. https://opa.hhs.gov/grant-programs/title-x-service-grants/title-x-turns-50 #TitleXTurns50
- Don’t let your #YouthEngagement efforts go to waste. The new @HHSPopAffairs “Listen Up!” toolkit shares six steps that can help programs go from collecting youth perspectives to acting on them. https://opa.hhs.gov/adolescent-health#YouthListeningSession #OPAYouthVoices
- The Pregnancy Assistance Fund from @HHSPopAffairs has supported expectant and parenting youth for 10 years, helping them finish school, strengthen their relationships, and build parenting skills. https://opa.hhs.gov/grant-programs/pregnancy-assistance-fund-paf/about-paf