Published April 2021
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Ensuring Access to Equitable, Affordable, Client-Centered, Quality Family Planning Services
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is proposing a new rule to revise the Title X family planning program regulations. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), entitled “Ensuring access to equitable, affordable, client-centered, quality family planning services”, is now open for comment through May 17, 2021. HHS welcomes public comment on this proposed rule.
May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
Join the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) this May for National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM). NTPPM celebrates the historic decline in rates of teen pregnancy and births in the United States and highlights the importance of helping adolescents reach their full potential.
Why Do We Need NTPPM?
Despite historic declines, the U.S. teen birth rate is still higher than that of many other countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom. Almost 172,000 babies were born to young women between the ages of 15 and 19 in the U.S. in 2019. There are especially high birth rates among vulnerable youth, including youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, youth who are homeless, parenting teens, and LGBTQ+ youth.
NTPPM is about more than preventing teen pregnancy. It’s about ensuring positive outcomes for adolescents. Connecting youth to services and opportunities that help them reach their full potential can help prevent teen pregnancy. This means engaging youth within their communities, schools, organizations, and families in a manner that is productive and constructive. Explore OPA’s resources and materials for professionals working to promote adolescent health and reduce teen pregnancy.
Teen pregnancy prevention efforts should provide youth with opportunities for healthy and successful development. OPA’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program grantees implement effective programs that focus on developing positive outcomes for adolescents, including supporting positive youth development, preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, promoting adolescent development, and more.
How to Get Involved in NTPPM
There are many ways you can show your support for NTPPM. OPA recognizes the hard work that individuals, organizations, and communities have been doing during this challenging year. Any way you can participate in NTPPM this year will help to promote adolescent health.
OPA’s NTPPM toolkit is a downloadable resource designed to help you and your organization celebrate National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. It includes sample social media posts, shareable images, newsletter copy, and a sample news release you can use to encourage your networks to celebrate with you.
- Get Active on Social Media: Post your own content or use sample social media posts to keep NTPPM at the top of your news feed in April and May. Include #NTPPM in your posts to join the conversation.
- Tune in to OPA’s Twitter Takeover: This year, TPP grantee youth will take over the OPA Twitter handle to share information about their experiences in TPP programs and in their daily lives. Follow @HHSPopAffairs and keep an eye out for our youth Twitter Takeover days!
- Update Your Organization’s Website: Tell everyone who comes to your website what you’re doing to support NTPPM and how they can participate. Use our content, including images sized for use on websites and social media channels. Download these images from the OPA website.
- Write a Blog Post or Newsletter Article: Use OPA’s sample language or write an article for your blog or newsletter about NTPPM, why it’s important, and how your organization plans to support it.
- Send a News Release: Involve your local newspaper, radio, and TV stations in NTPPM by sending out a news release. Use your own language or adapt our template.
- Get Youth Involved: Ask your youth leadership team, teen advisory board members, or another teen group in the community to send pictures or videos to post on your organization’s social media feeds. Don’t forget to tag @HHSPopAffairs and use #NTPPM in your posts!
- Work with Caring Adults to Spread the Word: Ask your partners at local middle and high schools to share information about NTPPM and resources about positive youth development with parents, guardians, and other caring adults.
- Share Information with Civic Leaders and Decision Makers: Write to your local, state, or federal decision makers about the important work your organization does, the youth you serve, your accomplishments, and the goals of NTPPM.
Spread the Word with These Posts
- National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month is about more than preventing teen pregnancy; it is about ensuring positive outcomes for adolescents. Learn how to support the young people in your community: https://opa.hhs.gov/NTPPM @HHSPopAffairs #NTPPM
- Every May, the nation celebrates National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. The #NTPPM toolkit includes a list of activities you can use to make a difference in your community. https://opa.hhs.gov/NTPPM#toolkit @HHSPopAffairs