DC AAP Executive Director Advocates Before DC Council for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Funding
On April 22nd and May 1st, DC AAP Executive Director, Nancy Schoenfeld, testified at the D.C. Council Committee on Health and Human Services Budget Oversight Hearings advocating for reauthorization of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Fund Establishment Act of 2014 to provide another year of funding for numerous highly effective teen pregnancy prevention programs. Last year, Ms. Schoenfeld and numerous members of DC AAP’s Adolescent Health Workgroup successfully advocated for the addition of $2 million to the city’s budget to replace funding lost due to the closure of a major local funder of successful DC teen pregnancy prevention programs.
Although the Mayor’s 2016 budget included significant cuts in the Health and Human Services budget and dozens of organizations requested additional funding during the DC Council budget hearings, the Committee on Health and Human Services recommended reauthorization of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Fund Act and allocated $1.3 million in funding, which was approved by the full Council. Although this was not the full amount requested, it was an important acknowledgment of the prioritization of teen pregnancy prevention programming. Given that the Mayor’s budget, presented to the Council in April, did not include any teen pregnancy prevention funding, the Adolescent Health Workgroup’s advocacy efforts ensured that many successful programs will be able to continue their important work in the District of Columbia.
To view the hearing: http://dc.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=32&clip_id=2654 (Ms. Schoenfeld’s testimony begins at approximately :30).
For more information about the D.C. Budget Process, click here: http://dccouncil.us/budget/2016