County boosts funding for teen pregnancy prevention program

by CHRISTIAAN TARBOX
Sun POST Newspapers

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners voted to accept a grant that would contribute to Hennepin County teen pregnancy prevention efforts.

The board agreed during its Aug. 11 board meeting to accept a $1.5 million grant for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to boost prevention efforts via the county’s Better Together Hennepin program.

The grant is a portion of a five-year, $7.5 million endowment meant to
expand current programming.

“This grant recognizes our wonderful progress over the past five years and affirms that there is still much work to do,” said Hennepin County Commissioner Mike Opat.

The program focuses on four elements deemed necessary to help individuals delay parenthood until they reach adulthood: responsible sexual education, communication with parents and guardians regarding sex and relationships, access to reproductive health services and healthy youth development programs.