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Note From The Commissioner: A Victory for Baltimore Youth and Science

On Wednesday night, Judge Catherine Blake of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland ruled in Baltimore City’s favor in our Teen Pregnancy Prevention suit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Judge Blake granted the City’s motion for summary judgment, ruling that the federal government’s decision-making was arbitrary and capricious.

This victory is a victory for the youth of Baltimore City, and for the use of science and evidence in education and health. It means that students in our City will continue to receive evidence-based, science-based teen pregnancy prevention education. It means that we will continue to be able to build capacity for teachers who are specifically trained to teach physiology, STD and HIV prevention, and holistic curricula to empower teens to make the best choices for themselves. It means that we will be able to continue our work in reducing teen birth rates, which fell 61% in Baltimore between 2000 and 2016—and that we will not roll back the gains that we have made.

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Feds Lose in Court Over Funding for Baltimore Teen Pregnancy Program (DELMARVA Public Radio)

 A judge has sided with Baltimore over the federal government in a fight over funding for the nationwide Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.

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Experts Urge Faster Movement on Health Care Data (U.S. News & World Report)

HEALTH PROFESSIONALS shouldn't wait for the perfect data to come along before planning interventions to improve population health, experts say, because there is no perfect data. 

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Leana Wen

Class-action lawsuit targets Trump cuts to teen pregnancy prevention (The Hill)

A class-action lawsuit filed Friday morning argues the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) illegally ended grants to 81 organizations participating in a federal teen pregnancy prevention program. 

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Federal judge rules against Trump Administration over termination of HHS grant (WEAA)

By issuing this ruling, Judge Blake vacated HHS’s decision to prematurely terminate Baltimore’s five-year Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grant, and ordered HHS to process Baltimore’s application for continued funding under the grant.  Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen talked with WEAA’s Julius White about the ruling.

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Leana Wen

Congress and the President Must Respond to the Opioid Crisis (The Afro)

In this op-ed, Representative Elijah Cummings discusses the opioid epidemic, Dr. Wen's advice about how to combat it, and the legislation he and Senator Warren recently introduced, the Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act. 

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U.S. judge blocks cuts to teen pregnancy prevention grants (Reuters)

A federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump’s administration from terminating grants issued through a teen pregnancy prevention program, marking the third time in a week that a court has held that the administration’s 2017 decision was unlawful.

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Judge Rules in Favor of City Health Department (WYPR)

A federal judge has ruled that the US Department of Health and Human Services unlawfully cut short a grant to the city’s health department by two years.

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Leana Wen

Judge sides with Baltimore in suit over grant funding (AP)

A judge has sided with Baltimore over the federal government in a fight over funding for the nationwide Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.

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Leana Wen

Baltimore wins suit against feds over teen pregnancy prevention funding (Baltimore Business Journal)

Federal funding for Baltimore's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program could be safe, following a court win on Wednesday.

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Leana Wen

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