DC AAP Supports Joyful Markets and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs at DC Budget Hearing

On April 12th, DC AAP members Dr. Yael Smiley and Dr. Ankoor Shah testified on behalf of DC AAP at the DC Council’s Committee on Health and Human Services’ Fiscal Year 2017 Department of Health Budget Oversight Hearing.

Dr. Smiley testified in support of funding for the Joyful Food Markets program, a collaboration between Martha’s Table and the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) which brings pop-up grocery markets to neighborhood schools.  At the Joyful Markets, children, their families, and neighbors shop at no cost for fresh, healthy produce and healthy pantry staples. DC AAP supports increased funding to enable Martha’s Table and CAFB to expand the program to all public and charter elementary schools within Wards 7 and 8.   For the past year, DC AAP has hosted an “Ask-the-Doc” booth at one of the markets.  This effort has been spearheaded by Dr. Smiley, and her colleague Dr. Kirsten Orloff.  The booth is staffed by DC AAP Resident members from Children’s National Health System and Medstar Georgetown University Hospital.

Dr. Shah testified on behalf of DC AAP in support of renewed funding for The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Fund Establishment Act of 2014. As a sub-grantee of the Fund, DC AAP and the Adolescent Health Working Group(AHWG) work toward ensuring that all DC adolescents have access to comprehensive, culturally-sensitive contraceptive counseling and to all approved contraceptive methods, including Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC), the most highly effective and easy to use form of contraception.

Members and staff of DC AAP and ten organizations from the AHWG also visited the offices of DC Council Members on March 23th and 24th to speak on the importance of renewed funding for teen pregnancy prevention programming in the District.  Each organization presented information on the impact of their program and explained why continued funding is important to ensuring the continued reduction of teen pregnancy in DC.