July 2017 News Bulletin



TPP Program funding elimination: The latest information 

Thank you to those who took time to educate and/or advocate on behalf of the organizations impacted by the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) funding cuts. Your outreach continues to play an important role in our efforts to protect this funding stream. Here is the latest:

In May, President Trump released his fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget and it proposes deep cuts to programs that help reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy. Earlier this month, the full US House Appropriations Committee voted to pass the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations bill, which completely eliminates funding for the TPP Program. The next step is for the Senate to take up their version of the bill. However, they are not expected to do so before the August recess. 

In Texas, there are 8 organizations that receive $8.6 million each year as part of this federal funding stream and these programs serve thousands of youth including our most vulnerable populations such as youth in foster care, pregnant and parenting youth, and adjudicated youth. 

To raise awareness about the impact of this funding loss for Texas, the Texas Campaign and partner organizations spoke with several media sources including: 
In addition, members of both houses have sent letters to HHS about the abrupt end to TPP Program grants. The letters from 37 Senators and 149 Representatives, as well as one from 9 members of the Texas delegation, inquire into the rationale for cutting short these TPP Program grants - especially as it preempts Congressional action on FY 2018 appropriations and flies in the face of federal commitments to evidence and evaluation.

Though the Texas Campaign isn't directly funded through the TPP Program, it's an extremely important source of funding throughout the state. You can help our outreach efforts! Click here for talking points and here for language that can be used on social media. 

2nd Annual Leadership Luncheon: Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

Please join us at our 2nd Annual Leadership Luncheon on Friday, November 10, 2017, at the Four Seasons Austin where we will honor a passionate leader who has made significant contributions to improving adolescent health. Our honoree will be announced soon so stay tuned for important announcements and information about how you can secure your spot.

**Please note the date has changed to Nov. 10, 2017.
The date announced in the June newsletter is no longer accurate.** 
The Texas Campaign is hiring 

Are you ready to join a dynamic organization committed to improving health outcomes for Texas youth and families? If the answer is yes, check out our current job and internship openings!  
Texas Campaign Board member talks teen pregnancy on KERA Think Radio Show

Child and Family Research Partnership Director and Texas Campaign Board member  Dr. Cynthia Osborne  recently discussed the many factors at play when it comes to the realities of teen pregnancy and teaching teens about sex in Texas with Lauren Silverman of nationally broadcast radio show KERA Think . Click here to l isten to the one-hour podcast  and click here to learn more about Dr. Osborne's work on  adolescents and teen pregnancy .
Learning opportunity: Supporting transition age youth in foster care

The National Campaign is proud to present research from a year-long effort to better understand how to support transition age youth in foster care (i.e. those age 16 to 21) avoid an unplanned pregnancy. Use this link to access the webinar featuring testimonies from the field, including trusted adults who have utilized The National Campaign's resources for initiating positive, sustainable conversations with youth in care concerning sexual and reproductive health with attention to pregnancy prevention. Additionally, The National Campaign will be releasing a resource for trusted adults that can be used to inform and initiate conversations with youth of all ages. It will be available online, but if you would like a copy of this resource sent directly to your inbox, please email sjolly@thenc.org with the subject line: Trusted Adult Tip Sheets. 
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THE TEXAS CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT TEEN PREGNANCY
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Mission: 
To improve the quality of life for children, families, and communities across Texas by preventing unintended teen pregnancies