The Illinois Public Health Association has submitted a proposal to the federal Office of Adolescent Health for a five-year teen pregnancy prevention grant.
The proposal development team included the Sangamon County Department of Public Health, the Boys and Girls Club of Central Illinois, the Phoenix Center, the Springfield Urban League, Springfield Public Schools, Central Counties Health Center, Planned Parenthood of Illinois and the Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois.
The proposal targets Springfield. As a whole, Sangamon County had a two-year average teen birth rate of 38.05 per 1,000 women 15 – 19-years-of-age in 2009-2010, which was above the state rate (34.5) and the national rate (26.6) for 2013. The teen birth rates in two ZIP Code areas in Springfield, 62702 and 62703, were 65.2 and 68.7 per 1,000, significantly higher than the county rate. These two ZIP Code areas are the target area for this project.
The project, if funded, will implement an evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention project through the Springfield Public School system and implement an evidence-based after school program through four community- based organizations.
An award decision is expected in late June. If funded, the project begins July 1.