Pregnancy Prevention Programs
MWV began their federal TPP program in 2007 and currently runs four pregnancy prevention programs with federal and state dollars. Over the past ten years, T.H.I.N.K. has provided over 70,000 students across 25 counties in West Virginia with pregnancy prevention education services. The purpose of this project is to expand teen pregnancy prevention services to all youth in West Virginia with an overall impact of reducing the rate of teen pregnancy in West Virginia.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP)
The TPP program is a federal grant that began in in July 2015 through a competitive process to a broad range of grantees across the nation. MWV’s application received the highest score among 419 applications, including 80 other grantee recipients. The award amount of $1.7 million makes the THINK TPP Program one of the largest adolescent health care programs dedicated to Teen Pregnancy and STI prevention in the country. The grant was awarded from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to replicate evidence-based programs to middle and high-school aged youth. MWV, along with three partner organizations, Community Action of Southeast West Virginia (CASE), Rainelle Medical Center (RMC), and Regeneration, Inc. provide teen pregnancy prevention programming to 19 counties in West Virginia. MWV and their partners help to create an environment within communities that supports teens to make healthy choices for their future and to prevent teen pregnancy and STDs/STIs.
Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)
The PREP program, a grant from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, was awarded in September 2016. Funds from this program allow T.H.I.N.K. to help youth in– and aging out– of foster care, minority youth, and youth residing in rural communities. Through PREP, T.H.I.N.K. offers quality, evidence-based programming to West Virginia youth in group homes and high risk school environments in Cabell, Clay and Wayne Counties. MWV will work to reduce the number of foster youth becoming pregnant before age 19 in West Virginia. In addition, activities and curriculum focused on three adult preparation subjects promoting healthy relationships, educational and career success and healthy life skills are offered to the youth in these group homes.
Competitive Abstinence Education
The US Department of Health Human Services Administration for Children and Families awarded 11 organizations nationwide a total of $4.5 million for Abstinence Education Programming. MWV and partners, Rainelle Medical Center, Regeneration, and CASEWV, received an overall award of $585,289 for the 24 month grant period, the highest amount given in a single award for this period. The Competitive Abstinence Education (CAE) program supports abstinence education for youth who are at greatest risk of sexually transmitted infections and most likely to bear children out of wedlock. Programs focus on the social, psychological, and health gains to be realized by delaying initiation of sexual activity and engaging in healthy relationships. Sites served with this funding include juvenile detention centers, alternative schools, residential treatment facilities and emergency shelters in 13 WV counties.
Sexual Risk Avoidance Education
MWV received the new award for Sexual Risk Avoidance Education programming October 1, 2016. More than 1300 youth will be served in Cabell, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Mercer, Nicholas, and Raleigh Counties during the 3 year grant period. Settings for this program will include group homes, juvenile detention facilities, residential treatment facilities, youth emergency shelters, and middle and high schools. This program will allow MWV and its partners, Rainelle Medical Center and CASEWV to further their reach to youth in high risk populations. SRAE will give youth tools to create healthier relationships and build communication skills while lowering rates of pregnancy and STIs.