TO: Senator Chris Van Hollen
FROM: Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner
RE: Support for Adolescent Health Education
Dear Senator Van Hollen:
On July 6, 2017, the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) received notice from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) that the grant period for the U Choose evidence-based program would be shortened by two years, which will reduce the overall funding for this program by $3.5M over two years. This change will result in reduced access to evidence-based teen pregnancy curricula for thousands of students in Baltimore, creating a vacuum of critical health education for thousands of vulnerable teens.