TWU assisting Girls Inc. with federal pregnancy prevention grant
DALLAS/DENTON — Texas Woman’s University is serving as the program evaluation partner for Girls Inc. in Dallas, which recently received a $720,000 federal grant to fund a pregnancy prevention program.
Dr. Mandy Golman, assistant health studies professor in the TWU College of Health Sciences, serves as the program evaluator and is measuring the program’s process and outcomes to ensure it meets its objectives.
“Girls Inc. is a natural place to implement such a comprehensive pregnancy prevention program,” said Dr. Golman. “We look forward to the prospect of this program serving as a national evidence-based model for the reduction of adolescent pregnancy.”
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families recently awarded Girls Inc. of Dallas $720,000 over three years to develop, implement and evaluate a comprehensive pregnancy and STI prevention program. The three-year project titled, “Girls Getting Ready!,” will be delivered by staff with at least one bi-lingual member and with bilingual materials in Girls Inc.’s four campuses in west and south Dallas, North Oak Cliff and Love Field.
The project addresses the critical need for effective teen pregnancy prevention programming in the Dallas-area. The most recent County Health Rankings and Roadmaps study shows that Dallas County has a birth rate of 76 per 1,000 women ages 15-19, in a state ranked the fourth highest in teen birth rate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The children of teenage mothers are more likely to drop out of high school, have more health problems, be incarcerated at some time during adolescence, give birth as teenagers, and face unemployment as young adults, says the CDC.
With the help of TWU and other community partners, Girls Inc. will use the federal funding to create and deliver an enduring program model to serve Dallas-area girls and families in future years.
For more than 40 years, Girls Incorporated of Metropolitan Dallas has provided enrichment programs that empower girls to take daily charge of their lives. With four campuses, Girls Inc. offers learning and development opportunities for personal effectiveness, academics and career planning so that girls ages 6 to 18 are inspired to lead successful, independent and fulfilling lives. To learn more, visit www.girlsincdallas.org.
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