Department of Health Awards Abstinence Education Grants

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 | 11:10 am

NASHVILLE – Thirteen agencies across Tennessee have been awarded a total of $3,204,300 in funding to provide abstinence education programs. The funding provision is a continuance of Tennessee’s efforts to reduce adolescent and unplanned pregnancies.

"The State of Tennessee is committed to promoting positive youth development and preventing the negative physical, emotional and financial outcomes that may be associated with early initiation of sexual activity such as pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases,” Maternal and Child Health Director Michael D. Warren, MD, MPH, FAAP, said. “We support our community partners in this effort to protect the health of Tennesseans.”

Abstinence education grant recipients and award amounts are as follows:

Boys and Girls Club of the Monroe Area, Madisonville
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, Knoxville
Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority, Inc., Morristown
Fashioned in His Image Total Women’s Center, Inc., Nashville
Full Circle Women’s Services, Athens
Gibson County Special School District, Dyer
Lake County Board of Education, Tiptonville
Life Choices Crisis Pregnancy Support Center, Dyersburg
New Vision, Inc., Nashville
Rise Up!, Johnson City
Why Know Abstinence Education, Inc., Hixson
Women’s Care Center of Rhea County, Inc., Dayton
YMCA of Middle Tennessee, Nashville

Abstinence education grant awards are for a three-year term. Each grantee is required to match 75 percent of the funding award it receives from the Department of Health. The funding will support comprehensive, evidence-based and medically accurate community-based education programs.

Information on funding opportunities provided by the Department of Health is posted on online at