By Gabrielle Levy
The Hill reported Friday that the decision last month to pull the plug two years early on five-year grants made as part of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program came in some cases with no notice and no explanation. The Department of Health and Human Services informed 81 organizations participating in the program that their grants, totaling $213 million, would end in June 2018. Officials said in a statement the decision was due to "very weak evidence of positive impact of these programs."
The paper also talked to Dr. Leana Wen, health commissioner in Baltimore, where a program to decrease the teen birth rate will lose $3.5 million.
"We don't have another way to fill this deficit. This will leave a huge hole in our ability to deliver health education," Wen said.