Grant Funding and History
In March 2016, the IL Department of Human Services (IDHS) funded the Will County Health Department to coordinate a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program within the Village of Bolingbrook. The grant funding for this program was prioritized for communities with high rates of teenage births and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among African American and Hispanic populations. Bolingbrook was identified by IDHS to have higher than average rates of teen births, chlamydia, and gonorrhea.
Will County Health Department collaborated with the Valley View School District on the grant application and received letters of support for the following schools/grades to participate in the grant’s implementation of the evidence-based curricula:
- Bolingbrook High School, all students enrolled in health
- Phoenix Experience, all students
- Hubert H. Humphrey Middle School, 8th grade
Since the original grant application, there has been a growing interest among the Valley View School District schools. In year two of the grant (2017-18), WCHD will begin to implement evidence-based curricula at the following schools:
- Brooks Middle School, 8th grade
- Jane Addams Middle School, 8th grade
Romeoville schools are also very interested in participating in this program, but were not funded. The Valley View School District will expand the curricula to the Romeoville middle schools and high school in the 2017-2018 school year.
This five-year grant provides our agency with funding for programs, curriculum, training, and community health educators to implement evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention curricula in the Valley View School District’s Bolingbrook middle schools, high school, and alternative school. This new evidence-based initiative specifically focuses on reducing the rate of teen pregnancy, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections, as well as risky sexual behaviors among adolescents.
IL Funded Communities for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Grant
Communities with teen birth rates that are above the national average, have a large population of African American and Hispanic students, and have a high rate of sexually transmitted infections were eligible for funding.
The following communities were funded:
- Cook County: Dolton, Elmwood Park, Wheeling
- DuPage County: Addison, Glendale Heights, Hanover Park
- Madison County: Alton
- Kane County: Aurora, Carpentersville
- Will County: Bolingbrook