By Ed Ronco
The public health department is in year three of a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The $5 million pays for sexual health education curriculum, teacher training, and efforts to reduce teen pregnancy. It also funds research into how well the curriculum is working.
“One key principle for our work in public health is that we act based on science and evidence,” said Patty Hayes, director of public health in King County. “We need the evidence that a new system or rule or intervention is necessary – and that it’s effective.”
King County and other urban public health agencies have filed a formal protest with the Trump administration. They’re organized by the Big Cities Health Coalition, which calls the early termination of the grant “highly disruptive to work already underway.”