Current TPP Research & Evaluation Grant Awards

Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Pregnancy Prevention Research Grant Awards

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Annual Funding: $620,746
Period of Performance: September 30, 2020-September 29, 2022 
Project Overview: This project plans to leverage four large data sets of ethnically diverse pre- and early adolescent youth drawn from randomized trials of sexual risk reduction and healthy relationship promotion interventions. The study aims to identify the core components of these interventions most strongly associated with positive impacts on sexual health and reductions in sexual health disparities. It will also delineate moderators and mediators of TPP program outcomes. The large sample will allow them to overcome the methodological limitations of prior efforts and determine which factors are most impactful in preventing, and reducing disparities, in adverse sexual health outcomes.

The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Annual Funding: $959,140
Period of Performance: September 30, 2020-September 29, 2022 
Project Overview: This project aims to examine the importance of delivery and neighborhood settings of teen pregnancy prevention programs as well as understand for whom these programs are most effective. The project uses evaluation data from 11 studies of five program models (four evidence-based and one evidence-informed) from the HHS Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence Review. Multilevel modeling analyses will be used to examine combinations of setting and youth characteristics to determine under what conditions are TPP programs most and least effective in preventing teen pregnancy.

Oregon Health and Science University
Annual Funding: $501,116
Period of Performance: September 30, 2020-September 29, 2022 
Project Overview: This project is using a socio-ecological framework to assess the impact of social determinants of health, specifically immigration and community-level vulnerability, on reproductive health outcomes among Latina adolescents. They will be analyzing survey data from the United States and Mexico. Results from this study will allow pregnancy prevention programs to integrate a targeted socio-ecological approach as part of evidence-based pregnancy prevention interventions.

FY 2020 Research to Practice Center Grant Award for Adolescent Health Promotion in Order to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy

Child Trends, Inc
Annual Funding: $1,092,000
Period of Performance: September 30, 2020-September 29, 2022
Project Overview: Child Trends, Inc. in partnership with Chapin Hall and Healthy Teen Network, will develop and disseminate research-based practice resources for professionals who work with youth. The Center aims to bridge the gap between research and practice especially among youth who have experience with the child welfare and/or juvenile justice systems, youth who experience homelessness, and youth who are neither working nor in school. The Center will form a Research Alliance composed of youth, professionals, researchers, and policy makers who work in or with youth and other collaborators to gather, synthesize, and disseminate information about effective and promising teen pregnancy prevention and health promotion policies and practices. The alliance also aims to equip professionals in youth-serving systems with consistent and accurate resources to address teen pregnancy prevention and broader health promotion needs and facilitate a dialogue on optimal adolescent health and teen pregnancy prevention between researchers and professionals.

FY2020 Teen Pregnancy Prevention Tier 2 Phase 2 Grant Awards- Rigorous Evaluation of Promising Interventions

Child Trends, Incorporated
Annual Funding: $980,000
Period of Performance: July 1, 2020-June 30, 2023
Project Overview: Child Trends, along with their partners Identity and University of Maryland, proposes to implement and rigorously evaluate El Camino, a sexual risk reduction intervention developed for and with Latinx teens. The overarching goal of this project is to reduce adolescent childbearing and STIs and promote educational attainment and optimal health among Latinx adolescents. The proposed research will contribute to the limited number of culturally tailored sexual risk reduction programs for Latinx teens available for English- and Spanish- language implementation settings, and will be implemented in high-need high schools in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Children’s Hospital Corporation
Annual Funding: $999,999
Period of Performance: July 1, 2020-June 30, 2023
Project Overview: This project plans to implement a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy of a counseling plus health intervention for young women, 18- to 19-years old, who experience depression. This group tends to have a disproportionately high risk of adverse sexual and reproductive health outcomes and are currently underrepresented in teen pregnancy prevention programming. The intervention, Momentary Affect Regulation – Safer Sex Intervention (MARSSI), aims to reduce unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections in adolescent/young adult women with depression. The Policy and Research Group is the independent evaluator implementing the randomized controlled trial.

Public Health Management Corporation
Annual Funding: $906,500
Period of Performance: July 1, 2020-June 30, 2023
Project Overview:  This project will conduct a randomized controlled trial of Talking Matters, a promising, innovative program for 14- to 19-year old Black adolescents recruited from school- and community-based settings in Philadelphia. The program includes two group-level intervention tracks:  1) five adolescent-focused sessions, and 2) three adult-focused sessions. Grounded in behavioral change theories and motivational interviewing, the Talking Matters program aims to reduce adolescents' teen pregnancy and STI/HIV risk and strengthen protective factors to improve optimal health.

Urban Strategies, LLC
Annual Funding: $827,818
Period of Performance: July 1, 2020-June 30, 2023
Project Overview: Urban Strategies is conducting a rigorous evaluation of Project With, literary-based curriculum delivered to justice-involved youth, 15 to 19-years old, who are in probation youth camps in Los Angeles County, California. The primary component of the program is a 12-lesson literary-based curriculum focused on self-regulation, impulse control, planfulness, relationship skills, risky behaviors, and health development. Lessons include creating student poetry, short stories, and discussions based on excerpts from films and other videos. Other components of the program include shared meals with trained Youth Advocates, monthly follow-up meetings, mentoring, and goal setting that occurs after the program ends and after youth are released from the probation camp.