LOS ANGELES: Programs Awarded Grants To Curb Teen Pregnancy
The California Community Foundation yesterday announced that five Los Angeles-area agencies are recipients of teen pregnancy prevention grants totaling $1.2 million. The foundation, "established last year by the Audrey Backus estate," aims to boost family planning and health education efforts for area teenagers and plans to "eventually provide $16 million for teen programs and elder care." The Los Angeles Times reports that the five agencies -- the Bienvenidos Children's Center Inc. in East Los Angeles, the California Family Health Council Inc. in South-Central Los Angeles, the Human Services Association in Bell Gardens, the Asian Pacific Health Care Venture in Hollywood and the Valley Community Clinic in North Hollywood -- will each receive $200,000 earmarked for programs to prevent teen pregnancies. The funding will also allow the agencies to "hire counselors to teach parents how to discuss sex and pregnancy issues with their children." In addition, the Bienvenidos Children's Center will also create a "Safer Sex Fridays" program offering teens free testing for sexually transmitted diseases (12/16). Click here for past coverage of sex education and pregnancy prevention in Los Angeles.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.