The Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, Office of Family & Community Health Services (OFCHS), a unit of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) of the State of Maryland, hereinafter called the “Department”, is soliciting competitive applications to implement evidence based program models through the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) in a community based setting within Prince George’s County, Maryland to prevent pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The target populations for the implementation of Maryland’s PREP activities are youth between the ages of 10 –19 residing in jurisdictions and communities with teen birth rates above the State average. Adolescent birth rates for Maryland and birth data by age for Maryland’s jurisdictions are available from the Department’s Vital Statistics Administration at http://www.dhmh.maryland.gov/vsa/Pages/reports.aspx.
PREP’s purpose is to educate adolescents about both abstinence and contraception to prevent pregnancy and STIs, including HIV/AIDS, as well adult preparation life skills. The Department is awarding these funds to support PREP programs in Prince George’s County that replicate evidence based effective program models which have been proven on the basis of scientific evidence to change behavior by either delaying sexual activity, increasing condom or contraceptive use for sexually active youth and/or reducing pregnancy among youth.
PREP funds are awarded to the Department through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau . The federal legislative authority is Section 513 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. § 713). PREP was established by Section 2953 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Public Law No. 111-148). Additional information about PREP may be found at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/content/programs/tpp.htm.
Any public or private entity is eligible for funding under this announcement, including community and faith based organizations with expertise in providing educational programs to adolescents. Preference will be given to applicants who are trained and certified to use either the Promoting Health Among Teens –Comprehensive Abstinence and Safer Sex Intervention (PHAT- C) or Making Proud Choices! curricula.
Organizations may be either non-profit or for-profit entities. Please provide the federal Taxpayer Identification Number / Employer Identification Number (TIN/EIN) for your organization in the grant application.
Applicants may only propose work that will benefit residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland.